Remember the big backyard? Good times in your very own outdoor hideaway? Well, they’re back. And today, the big backyard isn’t just about fresh air and sunshine, it’s about creating the high-functioning, multi-purpose, entertaining oasis of your dreams. A true extension of your home’s interior space and style, ready to share with family and friends. So, what to do with your big backyard? We rounded up some inspiring photos from Viridian at Esencia, where stunning outdoor spaces include everything from ranch rooms to sparkling swimming pools. Let’s dive in, shall we?


Talk about blurring the boundaries between inside and out. Step into the ranch room and you’ve entered an outdoor retreat that boasts all the comforts—and style—of the great indoors, from the fireplace to the wood-look tile on the walls.

The earthy-modern vibe is echoed in the outdoor kitchen where gleaming accessories like stainless steel drawers, wine glass racks, a condiment station and bar fridge—not to mention the state-of-the-art built-in grill—are fit for a pro.

Outdoor furniture so chic and fun!

BBQ tools perfectly hung, waiting to serve.

Hang some twinkling cafe lights overhead on the portico and everyday outdoor dining is transformed into a true chef’s table experience.


The only thing more quintessentially SoCal than a sparkling pool is hosting an epic pool party.

While the kids enter the splash zone, put some entertainment on the big screen. (Playoffs, anyone?)

And for the grown-ups, the cabana’s tricked out with a beer tap, so hook up your favorite IPA, and from the wine fridge, pop open a bottle of chilled rose. Overhead fans keep things breezy in the lounge while hard tile and concrete surfaces are not only cool to the touch on a hot day, they make clean-up as easy as giving the space a quick spritz.

Perfect for chill days too.


The ultimate lawn care secret? Proportions. Lawns are lovely for kids and pets, but balancing grass and hardscapes creates a backyard everyone can enjoy.

Using decomposed granite, carve out space for a fire pit where kids and adults can gather for marshmallow roasting …

… after the youngsters put in a hard day in the playhouse.

Throw a few burgers on the grill in the outdoor kitchen and adjourn to the ranch room for a twilight happy hour. The soundtrack? The soothing sounds of splashing coming from the water feature, of course.

Now that you’ve got the scoop, what kind of indoor-outdoor living features are you coveting for your big backyard? Share and comment on our Facebook page @TRIPointeSoCal, then swing by Viridian at Esencia for a look at the great outdoors featured here. And get excited, because there’s even more to see and be inspired by at our model homes across Southern California. Find a neighborhood and visit today!


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