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Before & After: A Custom Build, An Outdoor Entertaining Oasis and A Small Yard for Kids

There's nothing like a before and after landscape photo to inspire a homeowner. Browse these yard makeover stories from Tilly clients across the country!

A Before and After Backyard Transformation Built for Outdoor Entertaining & Play


Before Tilly
  • Needed a revamp to feel fresh and contemporary

  • Large backyard pool, but small patio space

  • Several mature trees dotted around the landscape, but garden beds were sparse

  • Wanted a classic cottage feel


After Tilly
  • Larger patio for entertaining around the pool

  • Updated hardscape materials and retaining wall to update the space

  • Added plants throughout their garden beds to create the aspired look

  • Multiple outdoor “rooms” for use by teens and adults

Full Yard Design Before and After for A Custom Build, Modern Farmhouse Style


Before Tilly
  • An empty dirt lot and a blank canvas

  • Unsure how to lay out outdoor spaces

  • Needed a plan to submit to their HOA

  • Handy homeowners ready to DIY


After Tilly
  • Outdoor kitchen, entertainment space, al fresco dining, fire pit and still plenty of room for the kids!

  • Raised garden beds for homegrown produce

  • Standout curb appeal with front foundation plantings

  • Endless summer evenings spent outside

A Before and After for a Small Yard with a Kid-Friendly Makeover


  • Unusable yard with a huge deck, 10 foot hot tub, multiple sheds and danger zones

  • Pooled water at the foundation of their home

  • Space surrounded by neighbors on all sides

  • No area for daughter to play


  • Lounge area, dining area, fire pit, play space, veggie garden and native plants

  • Fresh plants add vibrancy to their backyard and will fill the space and provide privacy as they mature

  • A play zone with a swing set

  • Layout that can transition as their daughter grows and needs change

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Explore more of our favorite landscape design projects from across the country.

Little Rock, AR

This formal landscape design helped open up the yard and manage a steep slope through smart design. The semicircular fire pit seating wall is the perfect finishing touch for this backyard plan.

San Diego, CA

This small backyard was transformed for unusable to an oasis with a kids playspace, fire pit area, entertaining area, vegetable garden, lawn space and more!

Los Angeles, CA

Tuscany meets California in this backyard design. This romantic cottage design includes climbing roses and jasmine vines on the wooden pergola and trellis around the pool sitting area.

Denver, CO

We love this beautiful patio and yard remodel that opens up the indoor outdoor living space for this homeowner. Privacy elements throughout this design tie together to offer the homeowner a beautiful space to enjoy with their family.

St. Petersburg, FL

This modern landscape design has a glass pool fence and a view of the Gulf. Pops of color are placed throughout the yard!

Orlando, FL

This pergola and fire pit are cozy on the side of the house away from the pool and grill area. A tropical landscape style is achieved with long swathes of shrubs and perennials punctuated by boulders and palm trees.

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