19 Outdoor Raised Planters Small Patio, Porch, Deck 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.

With the help of Carver + Schickentanz Architects, Jason and Melissa Burnett were able to push their Carmel, California home's renovation from LEED Silver status to LEED Platinum-certified. With eco-friendly innovations like a retractable skylight for natural ventilation, double-pane windows to keep in air and heat, and sustainable landscaping with native vegetation, it's no wonder this mid-century-modern redesign is one of our green favorites. Click here to see the home's interior.
On the lower roof, cedar decking and flower beds define one of several outdoor gardening spaces. Part of her ongoing research into the livability of cities, Fitzgerald aimed to create landscaped areas that were “aesthetic, aromatic, educational, and productive.” The deck is bordered by an expanded aluminum mesh railing and black metal corrugated panels.
Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos.
It feeds their backyard garden, which also features permeable paving rocks, a composting  bin, and a surrounding fence made  of knotty Western red cedar.
On warm days, when the glass wall is open, meals in the kitchen have an alfresco feel. The dining table is by Boulevard Furniture and the chairs are by Alejandro Sticotti for Net Muebles.
Private garden with deck
Rear wall of courtyard
Outdoor pool deck
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.
The renovation and two-story extension of this 1880 Adelaide bungalow includes a 23-foot rear lot with a pool.
Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.
A maple tree grows through an ipe deck in the garden that Mary Barensfeld designed for a family in Berkeley, California. A reflecting pool separates it from a white-granite patio, which is furnished with a Petal dining table by Richard Schultz and chairs by Mario Bellini.
The dramatic 90-square-foot patio features a cooking and seating area. The floor and countertop are clad in Inca Gray Honed slate from Stone Source and the bench and planters are teak. By creating a vertical garden, Lubrano and Ciavarra integrated greenery into the views from every level of the house.
Once through the street-level entrance, the property's modern garage door comes into view. Stairs lead up to the kitchen.
front exterior

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