Buried within a forest of overgrown understory was the perfect setting for this back yard oasis.  Blu Fish Collaborative worked with these homeowners to design an Italian and Texas Hill Country inspired getaway.  An upper terrace near the house made a perfect home for an in-ground hot tub with brick patio surround and seating area.  Brick steps cascade down from the winding retaining wall to a limestone patio that houses a spatious dining area with teak table, built-in brick seating bench and an all-out grilling station where the homeowners can show-off and expand their love and talent for outdoor cooking and dining.  A metal pergola with crossvine trailing provides just enough shade for the cook during afternoons.  Beyond the dining area is an expansive wooded garden beneath the existing Live Oaks.  This garden provides privacy to the home and makes a natural space for a dry creek bed that carries drainage across the yard during storms.  A second winding retaining wall builds another layer of terraced garden from the house and steps down into a lawn for the grandchildren to play when they visit.  The owners are happy to be able to spend much more time enjoying their getaway at home together.