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Project Highlight: A Picturesque Outdoor Living Space for an Active Family

Project Highlight outdoor living space | Eagleson Landscape Co.

When our clients want to bring their indoor living style to their outdoors, the challenge is to create a functional space that includes all the desired amenities while complementing their yard and home. Eagleson Landscape Co. strives to blend the modern lifestyle with gorgeous, organic nature, creating a rich landscape that our clients can also comfortably live in. Over several years, we helped one of our clients in Carmel build their perfect outdoor living space that didn’t come up short on style, features or nature.

Our clients’ first brought us in for a small landscaping project, but our role expanded as they needed help reshuffling their backyard. They wanted to add a fire pit, but with their existing two-level deck and hot tub, they were finding it difficult to create a layout that made sense. We ended up building a new paver patio area as a transition from the deck to the fire pit, creating more space for our clients to enjoy the fire.

Outdoor Living Space Firepit | Project Highlight | Eagleson Landscape Co.

Outdoor Living Space Firepit | Project Highlight | Eagleson Landscape Co.

The vision our clients had for their backyard changed overtime, and we began a year-long conversation about future plans that included installing a pool and building an outdoor kitchen. We kept the patio areas to one side of the yard, preserving as much turf for their kids, and for accessibility and space to build future additions. We advised them in placing their pool, and worked together with their contractor to create an outdoor kitchen space, laying down a paver patio under a pergola structure.

Outdoor Living Space Kitchen | Eagleson Landscape Co.

The new layout formed a long narrow space between the patio and pool. Our owner Bill Eagleson, with his eye for perfect spots to put water features, suggested a pondless stream there. We created the stream with the water starting under a rock bridge and flowing down through rugged boulders to a hidden basin where it recirculates.

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outdoor living space_stream closeup_ponds and water features_waterfalls in your backyard

The many components of this back yard had to be tied together in order to look like they all belonged. We placed weathered sandstone boulders throughout the landscape—scattered throughout the front yard, surrounding the fire pit, and lining the stream as well. We even incorporated a sandstone jumping board for the pool, as our clients did not want the water depth a diving board would require. Around the pool and patio, we did plantings that would provide lots of summer color and year-round privacy.

outdoor living space | Summer Color | Eagleson Landscape Co.

Outdoor Living Space | Project Highlight | Eagleson Landscape Co.

Over a long-term process, we used our creativity and experience to help our clients fit all these features into their outdoor living space, creating room for fun and activities while also incorporating natural elements. Questions about this project? Send us an email or give us a call at (317) 997-4803. You can also read more about this project in Indianapolis Monthly.


Eagleson Landscape Company provides landscape and hardscape services in the Greater Indianapolis area, including Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Fishers and Geist.

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