House, pool, sunset

Dream Home, Dream Yard

Project Type

  • Pool Design
  • Outdoor Living Area


  • Pool Deck with Jump Rock
  • In-Pool Bar
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Lounge Area
  • Stone Stairways with Integrated Lighting
  • Smart Lighting
  • Fire Features
  • Water Features
  • Landscaping


  • Sterling, MA


  • 2020

Creating a dream backyard for a dream home.

When you build your dream home, nothing less than a dream backyard will do. Transforming a raw construction site into an incredible backyard was an enormous challenge, but Dex by Terra was up to the task.

It was all about the view. With large picture windows spanning the rear of their home, the clients made it clear that their backyard must be pleasing to look at from all angles.

The multi-level design is centered around a massive in-ground pool highlighted by a large firewall, and two fire pots that double as water features. Extending from this bright focal point, the travertine pool deck seamlessly transforms into a beautiful seating area that surrounds a wood-burning fire pit before proceeding to the covered lounge area. On hot days, our client’s family and friends never have to leave the pool. An in-pool seating area adjacent to an expansive stone bar top ensures that the fun doesn’t have to end when it’s time to dine.

Not only is this backyard aesthetically pleasing, but it is also high-tech. The fire and water features can be activated, programmed, and adjusted via the owner’s smartphone. Deck and pool lighting can also be powered on, and colors changed with a smart device.

After the hardscaping was complete, the client asked Dex to further enhance the space with landscaping. This included plants and shrubs of several varieties that would bloom throughout the year.

Close up of the pool fountains with fire.

A picture is worth a thousand words! I remember sitting in the conference room looking at the computer automation of what my backyard could look like and thinking to myself “Will it really be this beautiful?”

Marie Bowker

Dex by Terra met with us to discuss our dreamscape and came up with our first visual. It only took a few meetings to tweak designs based on our wants and budget.

Marie Bowker

We also contracted Dex for landscaping and accent lighting. Again, going through a design process where they worked with our budget to make the hardscape features of our design really showcase!

Marie Bowker

I would highly recommend Dex by Terra for your landscaping dreams. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Marie Bowker

Drawing of a pool design.
3D pool concept of the in-pool bar.
Backyard pool with bar built into pool.

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.

Additional Photos

The property before the pool.
Backyard during the hardscaping construction around the pool. Dex by Terra project in Sterling, Massachusetts
Backyard pool with bar built into pool. Entire pool area with multiple seating areas.
Pool with a diving rock.
Close up of the pool fountains with fire.
Close up of the lighted stairs leading to the pool area. Pool area with lounge chairs an fire pits and fountains.
Pool area with lounge chairs an fire pits and fountains.
Sterling MA pool drone sunset

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