Poolside fire pit overlooking backyard hardscaping. Dex by Terra Residential Landscape Design & Build Project in Norfolk, MA

Multi-level Entertainment

Project Type

  • Hardscape Design
  • Outdoor Living Area


  • Pool Deck
  • Dining Space
  • Lounge Areas
  • Elevated Fire Pit
  • Water Feature
  • Pavilion Design
  • Outdoor Kitchen


  • Norfolk, MA


  • 2019

Making the most of a sloped backyard.

Sometimes landscape and hardscape design can be a bit of a slippery slope. In the case of slanted and uneven backyards, the answer is often to grade the area and build a simple retaining wall. At Dex by Terra we ask “Why not rise to the occasion?”

Our clients in Norfolk, Massachusetts, came to us with a few requests. Remove their existing patio, create a fire pit area, and design an integrated pool house with an outdoor kitchen. The crux of this design was the client’s sloping backyard; however, by embracing the raised topography with an elevated fire pit that overlooked the entire outdoor living space, Dex by Terra derived a solution from the challenge itself.

Entertainment was very important to our clients, as was feeding their guests. Understanding this, the Dex by Terra team designed and positioned the pavilion and kitchen in such a way as to allow the grill master to greet guests as they entered the yard, and with a turn of their head, mingle with company already attending the party.

The french style travertine pool deck and patio offers plenty of square footage for the necessities of hosting a large group. The ample dining area, multiple lounge locations, and fire pit platform all offer unique views of the property while allowing guests to remain connected.

Detail of pool tile and travertine pool deck. Dex by Terra pool design-build project in Norfolk, MA.

It began with a vision, then the undertaking of trusting someone to deliver and make it a reality. A project of this scope needs someone that can not only deliver but share the vision we have, make suggestions and/or changes at a moment's notice, have patience, be there when you cannot, be respectful and communicative, and be there for the duration of the project.

Len Hartwell

We received all of that and more, our project manager, and so many others, who oversaw and worked on the entire project exceeded our expectations at every level, the tile and stonework, the overall craftsmanship and level of detail are exceptional we could not be more pleased with the outcome. We thank you for making this a reality!

Len Hartwell

Pool chairs and water feature on a travertine pool deck built by Dex by Terra in Norfolk, Massachusetts.
Norfolk MA Pool fire pit and water feature
Norfolk MA Pool fire pit, pavilion, back of home wide shot

The Process


Our planning process began with a walkthrough of the property and thoughtful dialog which formed the client's wish list and budget.


Hand sketches, perspective renderings, and detailed architectural plans were developed and approved by the client.


No stone is left unturned by our construction team, ensuring the project is done right and on budget.
Norfolk MA Pool paver detail

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