Balancing harmony and nature

A Dayton-area back yard uses Asian design elements to create a Japanese-inspired outdoor haven

This pavilion currently serves as an additional seating area, but can be utilized as a meditation space.

This pergola was built along an existing sitting wall, creating the perfect backdrop for an outdoor eating area.

Comfortable outdoor furniture was placed on this patio for those who want to enjoy the sunshine.

The sharp, angled roof lines of the pavilion and gazebo resemble works of art, a common theme of Japanese architecture.

The dark red paver patio offsets the fire pit area from the rest of this outdoor living space.

This Japanese gazebo is made of wood and fiberglass posts, topped with a penetrating solid color wood stain to give it the red hue.

Boxwood topiaries are scattered throughout this back yard, adding visual interest to the covered structures and landscaping beds.

The walkways leading up to the structures are lined with a variety of Japanese-inspired shrubs and trees.

Eye-catching carved transoms, an element of Japanese architectural design, beautifully accentuate this gazebo.

Asian influences, such as this Japanese lantern, are positioned throughout the outdoor living space for character and charm.

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