73 Outdoor Hardscapes Side Yard Design Photos And Ideas

The pool area.
The courtyard in the center of the compound opens with a lovely lap pool.
An interior courtyard.
Pockets of greenery add a warmth to the interior courtyards.
Just seven Wexler Steel Homes were built, as the rising costs of steel prohibited the full neighborhood development.
A lounging deck and firepit off the principle bedroom.
An open central patio.
Moving the entrance off the street to the rear of the house allowed for the creation of a diminutive side yard.
The homeowners of this New Zealand home have found a practical and passively sustainable alternative to a dryer as they hang their clothes out to dry in the ventilated space beneath the first floor of their house.
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Exposed structural members reach outwards and are painted a silver hue.
Architect Charlie Lazor designed this peaceful, lakeside prefab in Ontario, Canada with a Japanese-style bathroom, clad in teak, with a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood.
Greenery at the entrance of the home.
The house is divided into three sections connected by a series of outdoor galleries. “When I walk from one room to another, I have to go outdoors and feel the weather and nature—rain, cold, and sun,” says Sævik. 

Instead of emphasizing the expansive panorama of oak, pine, and aspen trees, the house frames select views—a move inspired by Japanese design.
Courtyard House, Location: Somers Victoria Australia, Architect: Rowan Opat .Evolving from the notion of a series of outbuildings

on a greenfi eld site, principles of

passive solar design have informed this �courtyard

house�. The northern eaves respond directly to

shading becoming shallower in proportion to the

depth of space as experienced in the square plan.

As the dominant designed area, on this hectare

site, the courtyard both surrounds and is

surrounded by the house, creating a contained

space within an otherwise semi-rural block.
Miami, Florida
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
This Dallas gem is set against a dramatic backdrop and offers breathtaking views from every room.
Windows and terraces were designed to frame specific vistas ranging from rural pastures to vineyards, olive groves, and the Hanging Rock outcrop. “The views are very controlled,“ Titania says.
A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary  structure, and (often) building skin.”
In the Mission District yard Monica Viarengo created for the Sharkey family, outdoor chalkboard paint by Sydney Harbour applied to marine-grade plywood offers a gallery for creativity.  A mural by local artist Erik Otto—inspired by the neighborhood—brightens the back of the space.
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below.
Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air.
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.
The patio is equipped with IKEA furniture; the previous residents chose the sliders and windows, which are by Sierra Pacific
. Daughter Sydney plays with friends in Siegal’s prototype for a prefab playhouse.
Sling chairs by Garza Marfa flank  a Made Goods concrete table.
Sixteen-foot-tall glass walls, paired with seven-foot overhangs and three-foot solar screens, optimize the home’s passive climate control and capture views of the  valley that unfurls across the couple’s 160-acre property.
Gawthrop, an avid hang-glider who is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team, wanted the home to evoke flight; the standing-seam roof from Metal Sale is held up by wire struts to resemble a plane’s wing.  In the foreground is the rock formation designer Alan Nicholson had excavated.
A gravel perimeter keeps mud from splashing on the walls when it rains. Adds Molly, “You can get away with minimal landscaping because there’s so much natural vegetation here.”
Taos, New Mexico
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
In Fritham, England, Andrew Hollins and Sheryl Wilson repaired a water tower with the help of PAD Studio. An adjoining cottage containing bedrooms, a kitchen, and more is outfitted with LG solar panels.
Board-formed concrete walls create the core of the house and establish its organic feel. “There’s really no other cast-in-place concrete on the street,” says Sarah, “but you don’t even see it until you’ve made it through  the front courtyard.” There, beneath a deep overhang, the couple designed a jagged pathway cantilevered over a water feature—bringing the sounds of water inside and reflections of light into the sitting area.
All of the plants are native to the area. “I was trying to re-create what I have out my front door, where the park starts,” says Jon, who worked on the landscaping with Jones. “The garden is also super low-impact. I don’t water it at all, and  my kill rate is less than five percent.”
Shadows of the pergola at rear yard patio
Patio with gas firepit
Swimming pool at rear yard
The house measures approximately 2,500 square feet. Molly, who was born and raised in Taos, says, “Proportionally, it’s a very human scale, and it salutes the unconventional architecture found in local Earthship houses and owner-built homes.”
Taos, New Mexico
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
Large, meticulously landscaped courtyard
A rough board-formed concrete wall hems in the courtyard garden creating an organic looking transition to the wild scrub oak beyond.
When it's retractable glass wall are open, the all-season room becomes a breezeway from the courtyard to the view of the mountains beyond.
Asked to find an ecologically sustainable building solution, blaanc turned to a vernacular building technique that still thrives in certain pockets of rural Portugal, rammed earth.
West Elevation - Private Chill zone from mishacks' modular design system.
Clayden made the most of his modest lot by building as close to the perimeter as local zoning codes allow.
Outside View of Phoenix House
Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden.
The spa is positioned to maximize the ocean view, and is sheltered on three sides by bamboo, privacy wall and 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.

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