A little slice of heaven

Dayton-area homeowners create the outdoor oasis of their dreams

An outdoor kitchen complete with a wood burning pizza oven and a grill makes dining al fresco a breeze.

This swimming pool utilizes saltwater technology, which pulls the chlorine from the salt. Pool professionals stress that swimmers can’t see, taste or smell the salt.

This covered porch features a massive gas fireplace and a pitched ceiling constructed of reclaimed timbers and metal siding from an old barn.

Grafted Catalpa trees were positioned along the back of this property to add visual interest.

Retaining walls created tiered flower beds, which added height and dimension to the back yard.

A window box and Tuscan-style shutters bring softness to the stone façade of this pool house.

Degroot’s Spire Arborvitae are often planted in a row to create an attractive natural privacy screen. The trees are drought tolerant, thrive in full sun, and grow to 12 feet in height.

Green Gem boxwoods were strategically planted in these flower beds to create a symmetrical design.

The saltwater pool sits at the center of this back yard and is surrounded by a large patio and lush landscaping

Walker’s Low Catmint grows to 30 inches and offers aromatic gray-green foliage with small purple-blue flowers that bloom in the late spring.

These palm trees are planted in large containers that sit on the pool deck during the summer. As they can't handle this area's climate in the winter, they can easily be removed.

This pool house was built to match the Tuscan architecture of the main house and features a full bathroom and covered outdoor bar area.

Neutral outdoor furniture, such as this dining set, was selected to complement the lush green landscaping.

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