by Brianna Goebel, StyleBlueprint

As many of us start to dream about summer days and much-anticipated vacations (perhaps more so than usual), we often look outside our home’s four walls for some peace and relaxation. However, you don’t need to travel far away for the getaway of your dreams. Local builders, architects and interior designers can help you achieve a stunning backyard, making it feel like the tropical paradise we all crave right now. Here are four breathtaking backyard projects to help inspire your own space.

A Private Oasis

Nestled on the outskirts of Belle Meade in Nashville, TN, this backyard project by Castle Homes is surrounded by natural forest beauty. “The goal was to be open and connected to nature, yet when entertaining, keeping guests comfortably connected in many ways,” says Castle Homes Vice President Heather Looney. And while keeping in mind the space’s functionality for both the current family and future ones, the space features many special touches. With a limestone patio, pool house with state of the art workout equipment and a grilling area, the space is perfect for both large and intimate gatherings.

The homeowners can entertain guests or relax by this stunning pool.

The pool house features a workout area and a full bath, which helps keep wet bodies out of the main house.

“The patio area flows seamlessly into the grilling station for tending, serving, easy cleanup and low maintenance,” says Heather Looney of Castle Homes.

This backyard’s patio area is perfect for hosting an intimate family dinner or a larger gathering with friends.

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