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Outdoor Spaces

Modern Meets Tropical in This Backyard Oasis

Robert and Angie Belk's backyard pool area was designed with function and accessibility in mind. This modern outdoor design merges nature with manufactured elements and marries the indoors and outdoors through floor-to-ceiling windows.

By Tessa Cooper

Mar 2021

Robert and Angie Belk's pool and outdoor kitchen Springfield MO
Photo by Brandon Alms“When the large glass doors are open near the kitchen, the indoor and outdoor space become one,” Michael Hampton of Arkifex Studios says. Purchase Photo

In 2016, Robert and Angie Belk began putting plans for their dream custom home into action. While envisioning it, their future outdoor space was often at the forefront of their minds. 

Now, the indoor and outdoor sections of their property are nearly intertwined thanks to thoughtful planning by lead architect Michael Hampton at Arkifex Studios. “When the large glass doors are open near the kitchen, the indoor and outdoor space become one,” Hampton says. “The large roof overhanging above the patio helps create a covered space that can be enjoyed at any time.”

Other design choices merge nature with manufactured. “I wanted the hot tub and the pool to be separate,” Robert says. “I like a little more of a modern touch. That is why there is a lot of concrete there, including concrete around the coping and concrete walls.” But to offset the industrial feel of this material, they chose to add bamboo plants for a pop of greenery.

Robert and Angie Belk's pool Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon AlmsThe Belk’s pool is tucked slightly under the home’s canopy to provide a sliver of shade. Angie has a fondness for pool accessories that double as kitschy decor, like this inflatable pink flamingo. Purchase Photo
Robert and Angie Belk's pool and outdoor kitchen Springfield MO
Photos by Brandon Alms“I wanted the hot tub and the pool to be separate,” Robert Belk says. “I like a little more of a modern touch. That is why there is a lot of concrete there, including concrete around the coping and concrete walls.” Purchase Photo

The pool and hot tub lend a picturesque view from the interior thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and these watering holes never sport a cover. According to Robert, the family leaves the amenities open year-round thanks to their automated freeze protection systems. And with the hot tub and outdoor fireplace, it’s never a challenge to get fresh air even on chilly days.




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