156 Outdoor Hardscapes Design Photos And Ideas

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.

A Japanese-style Bamboo water fountain sits in the driveway.
The portico is used as a living room in Spring and Summer.
Uncovered paths lead straight down into the forest.
Rachel reclines in a daybed on the patio outside the master bedroom. In front, landscape architects Scatliff + Miller + Murray planted tall grasses on either side of the driveway to establish a prairie-like environment.
Iceland prefab pioneers Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir of Minarc built this Culver City family home with mnmMOD  – a customizable, locally manufactured building system of prefabricated panels the duo designed, which minimizes energy consumption and reduces a home’s carbon footprint. Made with a blend of 30 percent recycled steel and cradle-to-cradle certified extruded polystyrene, mnmMOD components can be assembled with just a screw gun.
Large, meticulously landscaped courtyard
Most of the fixed carpentry for this project was designed by AS/D and built by a contracted carpenter. Tzalam, the wood of choice, resists humidity and heat.
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.
From the interior of the courtyard the blue Uintah Mountains can be seen sprawling along the horizon.
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
Rusted metal, used on three of the home’s five roofs, extends to the entrance facade, which, in a nod to northern New Mexico’s haciendas, opens to a courtyard. Rather than buy pre-rusted siding, Molly and her father oxidized the steel themselves.
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.
Front patio with a view of the kitchen
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.
Garden
Cantilevered deck from Lake Michigan shore beach side.
The exterior terrace is complete with an integral fireplace.
“We always knew we wanted to do  prefab—here it is something interesting and beautiful that adds to the character of the street,” says TJ (on deck, with Jay, left, and Chloe). “There weren’t many options for staying in the area with  a growing family,” notes Stott.
Entry Courtyard
Dining with a Scandinavian touch: Archi dining chair combined with Carver table.
Inspired by the precise designs of the weaver bird, these nest like lanterns can be moved around for soft (solar LED) light.
Entry way to a modern, contemporary Key West home.  Clean lines, planting was done with minimal species and in groupings.
North East corner - The Grill'n Chill zone from mishacks' modular design system.
West Elevation - Private Chill zone from mishacks' modular design system.
Rear wall of courtyard
Mediterranean patio with pool. PI House by Munarq. © Adrià Goula.

upinteriors.com/go/sph419
Evening at Copperwood. The 20-acre lot enjoys visits from deer, eagles, hawk, blue heron, fox, and other wildlife.
The front elevation of the home remained modest in appearance with a simple vertical addition, maintaining the typical Austin bungalow aesthetic.
Entry
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.
Clayden made the most of his modest lot by building as close to the perimeter as local zoning codes allow.
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.
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.”
Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.
Inspired by the campaign furniture from the colonial era, the Voyager deck chair and Ambient lantern evoke a contemporary look with a vintage allure.

Get a Daily Dose of Design

Sign up for the Dwell Daily Newsletter and never miss our new features, photos, home tours, stories, and more.