What started as a fun vacation impulse buy led to transforming a backyard into vacation at home, and Beverly Moore knows exactly where she was when the idea for her backyard makeover formed. “We were on a vacation in Key West, and [my husband] Brock saw a hammock he liked,” says Moore. “I was like, what are you going to do with it, put it in our hot backyard? And he said, ‘Well, if you had your pool…’ It was a snowball effect from that point.”
“And a really expensive hammock,” Brock adds.
The project sparked a creative flame within Moore, an interior designer. After the pool was installed, the space around it revealed further potential. She envisioned a cozy and warm space for family and guests to enjoy after swimming.
“The pool is heated, but you still have to get out eventually,” she says. “It was all part of a master plan. The next thing I knew I wanted was a fireplace, and I wanted it by the pool.”
And not just any fireplace. The freestanding structure burns wood, but also contains a gas log for ease of operation, an option that was important to Moore and her keen attention to detail. It also serves as a stunning additional focal point, surrounded by a grouping of chairs and tables, overlooking the pool on one side and a mature tree-dappled yard on the other.