A shock of greenery surrounds the outdoor dining area of this Toronto backyard, where the family awaits a freshly-barbecued meal. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
A pool and some lounge chairs provide opportunities for the resident of this Matali Crasset-designed French farmhouse to enjoy the view of the former farm buildings in their original setting. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.
The one-acre site of this Belgian home offers a pond full of lily pads and a built-in concrete outdoor seating and dining area. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.
A floor of tile and painted cedar slats rests beneath the table and chairs of this Toronto patio and is surrounded by careful arrangements of lavender and fragrant grasses. Photo by Bob Gundu.
A hot tub and seating area foreground the lawn around this abode in a Cincinnati suburb providing a minimalist setting for thia modern home. Photo by Chad Holder.
A Los Angeles home takes advantage of the climate with a spacious outdoor seating area, complete with a water fixture and firepit. Photo by Misha Gravenor.
This renovation of a semidetached cottage outside Sydney, Australia, carves out a sheltered outdoor enclave where residents can enjoy native greenery and al fresco dining. Photo by Richard Powers.
By reusing materials from their remodel, these Los Angeles homeowners were able to construct a landscape perfectly suited to outdoor play. Photo by Lisa Romerein.