pool, complete with water features and decorative light, serves as
the crown jewel of the resort-like backyard.
Dawn and Cameron Knuth bought their property in Nashotah, the couple
instantly knew the nearly 1-acre lot adjacent to a bounty of woods and
wildlife would make the ultimate backyard paradise.
Three years later,
the Knuths’ backyard is a perfect escape and a favorite gathering spot
for family and friends. The outdoor oasis includes a 20- by 40-foot
in-ground pool and a cabana with grilling and entertainment areas. For
cooler nights, there’s a covered patio with a double-sided fireplace.
patio seating around the outdoor fireplace creates a welcome
designed in the same European lodge style as the Knuth home, sits on the
west side of the pool. It houses an outdoor kitchen complete with a
commercial-grade grill, sink, refrigerator and beer tap for easy
poolside entertaining. A counter that runs the length of one side of the
cabana is an inviting spot to enjoy a poolside beverage.
Bill Koehnlein of
Collaborative Design in Waukesha says retractable storm shutters hidden
in the header of the cabana are a practical and aesthetic feature that
call to mind a Florida vacation home or island retreat.
homeowners just hit a button at bedtime, and the shutters roll down to
keep out critters, dust and dirt," he says.
poolside seating and a commercial-grade grill, the cabana is an
entertainment hub for family and friends.
On the opposite
end of the pool, a casual seating area is laid out in a semicircle. A
pair of curved sofas adorned by an oversized hanging umbrella encourages
Along with the
seating area, the bluestone patio has a dedicated eating area and a row
of chaise lounges for relaxing by the pool. Koehnlein and Dawn decided
on patio furniture in a natural woven material topped with
"That way the
homeowners won’t tire of the color or pattern, and they can change out
accessories over time," says Koehnlein.
The covered patio
area — accessible from both the hearth room and the great room — is
a natural extension of the home. Light fixtures that resemble candle
torchères bring the home’s interior outside. And a double-sided
fireplace flanked by patio doors on either side makes the outdoor living
space functional in all kinds of weather.
The pool itself is
a conversation piece with its water features, decorative lighting and
built-in seating in the shallow end.
Thanks to Dawn’s
green thumb, an abundance of plants in beds and containers laid out on
multiple levels helps define the patio space.
"It was all
Dawn’s vision," says Koehnlein of the secluded, resort-like