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Looking into this backyard, the pool, shade structures, and landscape all blend perfectly to complement the clean lines of this home. Each area is defined by a feature and function, but also flows well with the other outdoor living spaces in the yard.

Welcome to the Kujanson Project in Paradise Valley

This landscape project transformed a Paradise Valley, AZ backyard into a resort-style oasis that is perfect for entertaining. The modern architecture of the house meant that this design needed to focus on clean straight lines and with glass and metal finishes that are not the norm in traditional southwest design. But the Unique design team rose to the challenge and created a modern outdoor living space that is both functional and strikingly beautiful. The large flat roof on each shade structure mirrors the roofline of the house and looks as if they were all part of the original construction.

The massive expanse of artificial turf and the professional quality putting green provide just enough softness to balance the very geometric house and pool. And the strategic location of two BBQ islands means that guests are never too far from a cool beverage in one of the outdoor refrigerators when enjoying the pool, the large fire pit or the putting green.

The landscape design follows the modern theme of a simple plant selection, but one that adds color, texture, and interest to each area without blocking the beautiful view. And even as the plants mature, they will maintain the symmetry that is constant throughout the yard. The views inside this yard and beyond the privacy wall could easily pass for those found at any 5-star Paradise Valley resort.

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The Alumawood shade structures appear to be just an extension of the house roofline but are, in fact, independent structures. The artificial turf around the large stepping stones adds a nice splash of green that requires no water and no maintenance.

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The large palm tree which anchors the landscape has clearly been in place for decades but blends perfectly with the new landscape. Incorporating this priceless specimen into the design is a reminder of the history of this home and the community.

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This pool is certainly made to be enjoyed by a large group. Bar stools and bench seating provide a place for everyone to enjoy the cool water and take in the natural beauty of this property.

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The professional-grade putting green provides a spot for golfers of all levels to hone their skills before taking a dip in the refreshing pool. This area also offers a rolling elevation to add some character to the property.

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When it’s time for family fun, this massive panel of artificial turf fits the bill for fun and games. And it will never demand the water and maintenance that natural grass does, making it the perfect solution for busy homeowners.

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At night, the pool and the subtle landscape lighting provide a warm glow throughout the property. Even after the sun sets, this backyard is still ready for a party.

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At night, the elevated spa looks more like a work of art that is being displayed in this peaceful oasis. Landscape lighting throughout the property allows the eye to take in all of the space and beauty that surrounds you.

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At night the contrast of the fire pit and water in the pool is even more UNIQUE as the fire provides a soft, warm golden glow while the pool light is a beautiful blue.

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The very functional outdoor kitchen includes a large stainless steel gas grill, storage drawers, and a refrigerator.