Go Play Outside: Backyards That Push Boundaries

Go Play Outside: Backyards That Push Boundaries
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Editor’s Letter: Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Living
Editor’s Letter: Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Living
Welcome to our annual celebration of porches, patios, and brilliant backyards.
By William Hanley - 21 days ago
How CSAs Took Root in the U.S.
Community-supported agriculture programs boomed during the pandemic, but the seeds were cultivated decades beforehand.
We Found Inspiration for Furnishing Your Backyard in Our Favorite Summer Movies
Everything in our roundup of the latest accoutrements for your patio came from the films we insist are warm weather classics. (Yes, even “Blue Crush.”)
Did You Know the Visionary Behind the “Whole Earth Catalog” Lives on a Century-Old Tugboat?
Decades after he launched the revered counterculture almanac, Stewart Brand and his wife, Ryan Phelan, turned a derelict ship into a home on San Francisco Bay.
Cool Ranch: The Perfect Southern California Pool Is Behind a Midcentury in the Valley
Settle into a chaise in this groovy oasis with original artwork and colorful details.
A San Antonio Property Is More About the Drought-Resistant Yard Than the Tiny Home It Surrounds
In a state that has been wracked by extreme weather, an architect decided to build smaller and hire an expert for an innovative outdoor space.
The Owner of an L.A. Neutra Doubles Its Living Space by Looking in the Unused Backyard
The landscape architect created lush outdoor hangout zones that mirror the home’s interior.
Hate That Vacant Lot in Your Neighborhood? Turn It Into Something Great
Three people tell us how they transformed unused space in their communities, and how you can too.
A Singapore Home Forgoes Air Conditioning (and Windows) to Take Living With Nature to an Extreme
The radically open, surprisingly meditative house is covered in gardens from top to bottom.
Two Cottages—Renovated Using Less Than $150K—Embrace Living With Kenya’s Wildlife
Naeem Biviji and Bethan Rayner of Studio Propolis recycled materials and DIY’ed construction to build their Nairobi retreat.
A Disused Historic Home in Argentina’s Cowboy Country Becomes a Young Family’s Rural Refuge
It had all the right original details for their dream renovation, but first they had to convince the feuding owners to sell it.
We’ll Never Climb Down From the Tree House
We may be more obsessed than ever with structures that refuse to grow up—even as their foundations become increasingly threatened.
Budget Breakdown: A Kitchen Renovation Uses Sustainable Materials and Lush Wallpaper to Go Green
An appliance update turned into a full-on remodel in this Portland, Oregon, family's home.
Why Architect Rachel Shillander Toted a Mirrored Orb Around Topanga Canyon
Some just-for-fun photo shoots ended up shifting her perspective on the power of light.
Close to Home
In Los Angeles, Joy Cho builds a colorful creative studio a stone’s throw from her family’s hillside residence.
A Bespoke Approach
Mulmur Hills Farm by Turkel Design is a spectacular response to a couple’s desire for multigenerational living that illustrates the potential of prefab architecture.
A Fresh Outlook
Kolbe Windows & Doors frames new ways of living.