68 Outdoor Hardscapes Stone Patio, Porch, Deck Design Photos And Ideas

The firm envisioned the pool as a spot where water floods the stone, "almost in a way of a pond remaining after the turning tides."
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.
"Unlike its neighbors, this house is not fenced off at its street perimeter," notes the firm. "A meadow of native grasses flows from the sidewalk with existing oaks, redwoods, and newly planted birch trees flowing inside and outside of the curving wooden wall."
A covered walkway connects the detached garage and guest suite with the main structure.
"A three-foot platform raises the main floor level from the ground, protecting the house against recurring floods," explains the firm. "This difference of level between the interior and exterior was used to create sloped gardens that work as thermal buffer zones."
Populated by palms, the circular garden occupies the heart of the home.
The iconic coffin-shaped pool is one of the hotel's original features that Studio Collective updated and maintained.
This view shows how the original house relates to the new addition, which was stepped in to make room for an exterior courtyard.
Outside, a timber pergola shades the garden and the split-stone slate pavers continue outside for a greater sense of connection between inside and out.
Why build a Passive House? "The obvious answer is low heating and cooling bills, but we find people most appreciate the other benefits, like consistent thermal comfort, sound proofing, and air quality," say the architects.
In addition to spacious flagstone patios, the landscaping includes a running creek, rear pond, as well as a rocky wet and dry creek on site.
A look at the shaded outdoor space.
The outdoor terrace is paved with honed basaltina. The teak outdoor sofas arranged around the fire pit are by James Perse.
The sculptural butterfly roof accentuates views.
Natural stonework flawlessly transitions from the exterior landscaping elements to the home's facade, creating a pure, architectural gem.
There is even a private meditation garden off the master with a zen pond, waterfall feature, and a hot tub.
The newly landscaped yard is virtually maintenance free and features modern concrete hardscapes, as well as wood decking—perfect for alfresco entertaining.
Glass Facade
Green Roof and Ocean View
East Elevation Entry Detail
Custom Bioretention Planter (Landscape Architecture by CampionHruby)
The backyard is a structured and geometric landscape. The fire pit doubles as a drainage pond for rainwater. Eventually, the ivy will completely hide the black stucco so one is surrounded by vegetation.
The light well that allows for sunlight AND an addition above
The master bedroom's sliding glass doors open up to an outdoor terrace, garden, and the pool.
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 inside and reflections of light into the sitting area.
In the back, ivy climbs across the garage’s raw cedar cladding next to a gate that allows access to the laneway—but the boys prefer to climb the fence.
Homeowner Jay Longtin served as the general contractor and performed the majority of the remodel work, aside from the outdoor floors, concrete, and pool, which were done by Architectural Blue.
Just seven Wexler Steel Homes were built, as the rising costs of steel prohibited the full neighborhood development.
An open central patio.
A rear view of the narrow house shows how Chong twisted the house’s volumes to bring daylight into each room.
Large, meticulously landscaped courtyard
The dramatic cantilever provides shade and protection, while leaving views to the lake plentiful.
The interior living spaces are directly accessible to the exterior terrace.
The exterior terrace is complete with an integral fireplace.
Inspired by the precise designs of the weaver bird, these nest like lanterns can be moved around for soft (solar LED) light.
Mediterranean patio with pool. PI House by Munarq. © Adrià Goula.

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“Sustainability is very important to us,” lead architect Heather Dubbeldam says. “It is easy to design with passive systems, to use passive sustainable principles to influence the design and layout of the house.” Her team reduced the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting through carefully positioned doors and windows that draw in natural light and breeze. New insulation, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and low-energy lighting also minimize the homeowners’ dependence on utilities.
The combination of a low concrete wall and built-in bench creates an intimate seating area that acts as an extension to the kitchen and dining room. Another steel trellis above creates an armature for more plants that will fill in and provide shade. The terrace is topped with blue stone and wood screens give the plants a ladder on which to grow.
Inspired by the campaign furniture from the colonial era, the Voyager deck chair and Ambient lantern evoke a contemporary look with a vintage allure.
Inspired by the sleek yachts of the French Riviera, the Vista outdoor lounge collection features strong horizontal lines formed into flowing, curved shapes, creating a visually light, yet welcoming form.
Triple-pane windows by Optiwin reduce the ambient temperature of the glass by ten degrees in winter.
The spa is positioned to maximize the ocean view, and is sheltered on three sides by bamboo, privacy wall and house.
Morning vista
The main terrace is defined on one edge by a bocce court

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.