7 Homes With Beautiful Outdoor Patios

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By Michele Koh Morollo
A patio or outdoor deck can bring a whole other dimension to a home, opening up the interiors and making the residents feel closer to nature.

As we huddle up indoors during the winter months, these stunning patios have us thinking of warmer days. Take a look at some of our favorite outdoor spaces that are ideal for entertaining, gardening, or lounging with friends and family.

Cutaway Patio in Norway

This compact guesthouse in coastal Norway designed by architect Todd Saunders is defined by a wood-panel patio that's painted white and cut out from the angular, spruce-clad volume of the house. Two plum trees planted under the house grow up and through the patio.

This compact guesthouse in coastal Norway designed by architect Todd Saunders is defined by a wood-panel patio that's painted white and cut out from the angular, spruce-clad volume of the house. Two plum trees planted under the house grow up and through the patio.

To help the owners of this Edwardian home in Melbourne retain as much outdoor space as possible, and connect the indoor kitchen to the backyard, Sheri Haby Architects designed a patio extension with a timber pergola, which serves as an open-air dining area that’s ideal for summertime barbecues. 

To help the owners of this Edwardian home in Melbourne retain as much outdoor space as possible, and connect the indoor kitchen to the backyard, Sheri Haby Architects designed a patio extension with a timber pergola, which serves as an open-air dining area that’s ideal for summertime barbecues. 

Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded Landscape Architecture & Design helped her friend Elizabeth Birdsall design this woodland home in Charlottesville, Virginia, with plenty of commodious outdoor spaces, like this patio that looks out to the trees.

Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded Landscape Architecture & Design helped her friend Elizabeth Birdsall design this woodland home in Charlottesville, Virginia, with plenty of commodious outdoor spaces, like this patio that looks out to the trees.

When renovating his brother-in-law’s home in a South Texas border town, architect Luis López reduced construction costs by updating the main patio with fresh decking, while keeping its original metal awning intact.

When renovating his brother-in-law’s home in a South Texas border town, architect Luis López reduced construction costs by updating the main patio with fresh decking, while keeping its original metal awning intact.

A 15th-century Tudor vacation rental in Kent, England, gets a modern update with glazing and polished steel, plus a large, sun-filled patio that's furnished with contemporary outdoor furniture.

A 15th-century Tudor vacation rental in Kent, England, gets a modern update with glazing and polished steel, plus a large, sun-filled patio that's furnished with contemporary outdoor furniture.

Australian architecture practice Robson Rak designed this 4,844-square-foot home near a beach in Victoria, Australia, with multiple outdoor terraces and expansive glazed doors to frame interesting internal perspectives. They also connect the internal spaces with the limestone landscape.

Australian architecture practice Robson Rak designed this 4,844-square-foot home near a beach in Victoria, Australia, with multiple outdoor terraces and expansive glazed doors to frame interesting internal perspectives. They also connect the internal spaces with the limestone landscape.