The terrace at Ray Kappe’s multilevel house he built for his family in 1967, is cantilevered over the front door. Photo by João Canziani.
In Spain’s Canary Islands, homes are carefully built into the coastal cliffs. Although a typical green lawn is impossible, these residents make due with a bit of rock. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel
A four-time Iditarod winner built his home in Alaska with a courtyard featuring a fire pit and infinity pond. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors. Photo by Kamil Bialous
For their modern retreat in Beverly Glen, a Los Angeles canyon, a pair of architects created outdoor rooms, like this one where daughter Josie stows her tepee playhouse. Photo by Catherine Ledner
To combat a steep site in Charlottesville, Virginia, architect Anna Boechenstein staggered a series of ipe decks that conveniently double as a race track. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan
In Adelaide, Australia, an airy addition opens onto a pool, garden, barbecue, and lawn space. Photo by James Knowler