Dwell's Favorite 302 Outdoor Design Photos And Ideas

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.
While Falck built most of the tiny home himself, he hired a local carpenter to build the window frame and door.
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.
The cabin is intentionally subdued in color and texture, allowing it to recede into the woods and defer to the beauty of the landscape.
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.
In contrast to the industrial neighborhood, the views from the upper-level deck look directly into the canopies of surrounding established trees.
At the rear patio is a kitchen, dining area, and an Ipe-wood deck with a fire pit, lounge seats, and a water feature.
A sheltered outdoor terrace is located near the heart of the home.
Dusty built the half-pipe for their son Gram's first birthday. It's the cornerstone of the large back yard.
Firewood is neatly stacked in a built-in storage space on the south side of the home.
The courtyard at the center of the house opens up to the sky.
The original house opens completely to the repaved pool deck, which leads to the upstairs addition. "Working on the house had only increased our respect for Neutra, whom we had always admired greatly," says Grueneisen. "So we knew that any major additions would have to be respectful to his design."
Entry Courtyard
The Opdahl House, designed by Edward Killingsworth for Richard and Joyce Opdahl, is located on the island of Naples, in Long Beach, California, and the design responds to the constraints imposed by the compact site.Unlike the neighbors, whose  homes unflinchingly abut their property lines, Killingsworth set the Opdahl House 42 feet back from the street, dedicating half of the lot to a dramatic entryway that includes a carport, garden, and reflecting pool. The effect is one of entering a private sanctuary.
In the outdoor dining room, wire chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll surround a mango wood table made by a local carpenter, Diego Madrazo.
Case Inlet Retreat
The landscaping appears to be based on the mullet principle: business in the front, as seen here (manicured grid lawn, with native vegetation sprouting in careful symmetry), party in the back (sunflowers and wild mountain grass growing in harmonious chaos).
On his patio are a table and chairs from the 1968 Ozoo collection by Marc Berthier for Roche Bobois.
Set high on a cliff along the south end of the beach, this residence of three glass-and-copper pavilions offers a mighty reward for conquering the steep ascent.
The home’s undulating roof, composed of exposed wood beams and plywood sheathing, references the rolling terrain. A Cor-Ten steel–clad outdoor fireplace was built by BRD Construction; the same material was used for the interior fireplace, as surround on some windows, as cladding for the garage door, and on the chimney. The lounge chairs are from the Finn Collection from Design Within Reach. Tim Kirby of Surface Design Inc. tackled  the site’s landscape architecture.
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Leelanau County, Michigan
Dwell Magazine : September / October 2017
Unable to alter the footprint of the building, the Deams created a backyard living area that nearly doubled the home's living space.
Having achieved LEED Gold certification for their Aspen property, Sarah Broughton and John Rowland use a Savant home automation system to monitor the house’s efficiency, adjusting any elements that take up too much energy.
The rear of the house features Victorian brick, a modern extension, and Velfac windows. Landscape designer Matthew Wright was inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau when choosing plants to set amid the garden’s Dorset pebbles.
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.
Muennig’s Green House utilizes the western sun of the dramatic Big Sur coastline.

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.