A Look Inside the Laird Family’s Private Outdoor Oasis
Greg and Brandy Laird have an extremely busy life. Both lawyers, they have a grueling work schedule and full family life. When this power couple needs to unwind, they simply walk out their own back door.
The Laird’s extraordinary outdoor living space includes a custom pool with integrated fire pit, modern pool house, and designated entertainment areas including a putting green, side yard for games, bocce ball court, trampoline area, and patio bar with beer tap, grill, and pizza oven.
It started out as a simple project but quickly grew bigger than expected.
Greg says, “We bought the house and the extra lot next to it with plans to put in a pool and cabana. Unfortunately, issues arose with easements and neighborhood covenants concerning the cabana. The approved building area would have to be long and narrow.”
Necessity is the mother of invention, so the couple ditched their plans and started at square one. They worked with an architect to design a unique pool house that opened completely to the outdoors from the side. It took two years of construction, but the Lairds say they couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.
Fire + Water
A swimming pool in California sparked inspiration for the project.
The stone bridge leaps over the water to a comfortable seating area around a sophisticated fire pit with azure colored fire glass. The sunken conversation area allows interaction with guests in and out of the water. The immense waterfall has a slide for the couple’s children as well as a hot tub, swim up barstools, and lounge chair platform with a bubbler.
“I love it at night. Lighting from all the fire and water elements is very dramatic,” says Greg.
The patio is made from seemingly miles of travertine and curves around the backyard’s attractive landscaping to tie everything together.
The pool house includes a kitchen, dining room, living room, exercise room, and guest suite.
Brandy says, “As far as palette, I lean toward neutral whites and grays. But the pool house yearned for pops of color to enhance the fun, energetic atmosphere. The bright aqua sofa is a favorite of Greg and the kids.”
Clean lines, geometric shapes, and abstract art create an inviting balance between modern interior design and earthy landscapes. Industrial finishes like the concrete fireplace hearth and custom steel mantle pair perfectly with the stainless-steel kitchen appliances and Caesarstone counter top. Sleek glossy white cabinets are complimented by designer furniture choices such as iconic Bertoia barstools by Knoll and Grillage chairs by Ligne Roset.
The Laird’s use their outdoor living space 365 days a year.
Brandy says, “We use every bit of the space. The pool house has retractable glass walls to allow more room to entertain but easily closes to capture cool air in the summer and warm heat in the fall and winter. The pool is heated so we use it year-round along with the hot tub. In the winter, we host Christmas parties and gather around the fireplace or fire pit.”
Together, the Laird’s have created a luxurious private backyard oasis, but Greg credits his wife for having the vision and patience to create such a wonderful family space.
“Life is too short. There’s nothing better than enjoying time with family and friends,” he says.