Dwell's Favorite 320 Outdoor Design Photos And Ideas

Full-height sliding doors blur the boundary between the interior and the garden outside.
The grand indoor/outdoor terrace—with its killer view—is the focal point of the upper level.
The outdoor atrium of Family House Litvínovice is a completely private space that's well-suited for the installation of a hammock, outdoor bath, or shower. A11 designed the home to be an exploration of minimalism and privacy from the outside world.
Irregular stone pavers lead to the outdoor grill.
Large boulders are given pride of place in the central courtyard.
The studio's program is divided between a pergola, an outdoor refuge, and an entirely self-contained separate granny flat.
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A young Finnish designer bypasses building permits by creating an affordable tiny home under 100 square feet.
First built in 1959 as acclaimed architect Jim Olson's first project, this modest bunkhouse in the woods grew into an extraordinary family retreat.
In ARCHITECTUREFIRM’s James River House, the 28-foot-long Series 600 Multi-Slide door is comprised of five 10-foot-tall panels of dual-paned, low-E glass, which helps keep the house warm during Virginia winters. All windows and doors feature thermally broken aluminum. “Western Window Systems,” says architect Danny MacNelly, “does a great aluminum product that isn’t very expensive. The details are minimal, clean, and refined.”
Sævik compares her house to a contemplative hideout. “It’s very quiet,” she says. “You can concentrate and let thoughts fly.” Her favorite summer pastimes include reading, painting, drawing, yoga, and “just sitting and feeling the forest,” she says.
Cedar slats mark the facade of the Worple's lakefront vacation home in Ontario.
The sand-colored fascia of the roofline allows the palapa to appear more integrated in its environment, as does the stone wall facade, which blends in with the boulders.
The massive curving wall serves as an alternative to the perimeter fence that's common to the neighborhood, an area which the architects says has developed a hodgepodge of architectural styles.
The couple often dine on the patio off the kitchen, warmed by a fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Architectural designer Sebastian Mariscal and project manager Jeff Svitak created a house in Venice, California, for Michael and Tamami Sylvester. Known as Dwell Home Venice for its role as an exemplification of modern architecture, the house is an homage to indoor-outdoor living. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.
Sage Design Studios transformed the developer-flattened landscape into a picturesque desert setting with naturalistic undulations, meandering trails,and drought-tolerant shrubs.
Murren chose maintenance-free materials, such as Stepstone precast concrete pavers for exterior decks and river-rock-covered flat roofs. He recalls his neighbors’ astonishment and delight when “we went from a giant hole in the ground to a two-story house in just four days.”
She also designed the table, surrounded by vintage Wishbone chairs by Hans Wegner, in her studio.
Kelly Milford helps son Adam out of the hot tub nestled on a wood deck in back of the house. The exterior paint is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore.
Though the front of this 1880s home in Adelaide, Australia, maintains a traditional facade due to strict heritage laws, the rear is modern eye candy at its best. See more of the home.
While Falck built most of the tiny home himself, he hired a local carpenter to build the window frame and door.
A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color. A modern brick outdoor fireplace, tall and slim, is flanked by Philippe Starck’s outdoor chairs for Kartell for cozy fireside seating.
By creating a series of platforms and courtyards to expand the functional ground plane, B&B Residence circumvents the challenges of its steep site.
The internal courtyard looks into the living, dining and kitchen space of the home's ground floor.
Entry Court
The stunning retreat is centered around a serene swimming pool with natural stone touches.
Vines spill over primary-colored, glazed-brick walls, which recall Girard’s eye-popping graphics.
Sunken Garden
For plantings, landscaper Aaron Teer helped select leafy specimens like the lion’s mane Japanese maples on the lower level.
Durable fiber-cement HardiePlank clads the rear facade.
In some parts of the ancient city, the streets run above these subterranean cave homes.
The homeowners wanted a space to accommodate their interests: gardening, looking after their ducks, or relaxing in the shade provided by the canopy of trees on the property.
This project sparks a conversation about the future of the relationship between urban development and the preservation of natural areas.
SOA Soler Orozco Arquitectos . Casa Molina
Torcuato House Pavilion - Besonías Almeida arquitectos
Louvers protecting from the burning sun.
New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun.
When setting out to buy a home, always make sure you find a local realtor in the area you want to live in.
If you like throwing parties, make sure your realtor knows you want space to entertain.
Also be sure you know how many bedrooms you need, too—as well as space for pets.
"The border between inside and outside fades because of the perpetuation of the washed concrete flooring, reminiscent of cannon bases. Just like the shutters of the old barn, the sliding facades of the expansion offer the opportunity to seal off the guest complex entirely," explains Vanhoutte.
The living area, which is connected to an outdoor terrace, provides ample room for entertaining.
A hammock hangs from the sheltered terrace outside the master bedroom.
The roof terrace is conceived as a large exterior room, delimited by walls and windows that frame the fantastic views of the Monterrey mountains.
Planters have been placed around the pleats to create pockets of sky gardens on the perimeter of the building, with some featuring steps that lead to other outdoor terraces.
In this view, one can see how the curved addition makes space for an outdoor seating area with a fire pit, and eventually meets the clapboard form of the original house.

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.