56 Outdoor Desert 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.

Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
Lockyer added native desert plans to a courtyard near the garage.
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.
Patio
The house has two modules: a living space on the left and a utilities, laundry, and outdoor kitchen on the right.
Large canopies shade the retreat’s southern elevations, rendering the interior and ipe wood patio comfortable in the Texas heat.
The house rests just below the crest of a gently sloping hilltop and commands powerful views. Its transparency and small size aim to minimize its impact on the land.
Canal House along the Arizona Canal in Phoenix, AZ
Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.
Architect Hank Louis worked with Navajo tribe elders to secure a 66-year lease on a half-acre lot in the middle of Bluf, Utah, for Rosie Joe and her children.
Wire fox terrier on guard at the raised wood deck and bedroom beyond
Lodged in a hillside along the arid U.S.-Mexico border, an earthy family home absorbs grand vistas of El Paso, Texas, as well as Juárez, Mexico. A lap pool extends toward a canyon.
Coastal Sunset ,  Jacob's '73 BMW 2002
Project Name: Sabino Canyon Home
The courtyard-facing side of the garage provides an overhang for a multifunctional playroom or entertainment space.
A television is mounted on a pivoting wall that can either face the indoors or out toward the courtyard, emphasizing the entertainment aspect of the home.
In the summer months, the pool provides a welcome respite from the heat.
Driveway lanes lead to a rolling gate for everyday parking. A 2 car garage is accessed of the alley in the rear.
Crushed stone paths and native plantings, including cacti, wildflowers, and grasses, encompass the surrounding landscape. “We’re nothing but natural,” says Austin. “The cacti, to me, are like pieces of sculpture, each with their own personality. I even named some.”
For all its hard environmental work, one of the most immediate of the Blue Sky Home’s pleasures is how it sits so snugly in its desert surroundings.
At the base of Echo Mountain in Phoenix, a geometric home by Wendell Burnette opens up to the surrounding desert landscape. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site.
The contemporary home has over 766 square feet of portal space offering exceptional indoor outdoor living in Santa Fe
coastal midcentury modern // entry + drought-tolerant landscaping
Front Exterior, Day
Sage Design Studios transformed the developer-flattened landscape into a picturesque desert setting with naturalistic undulations, meandering trails,and drought-tolerant shrubs.
"Sol" is a new home in the Willo Historic District in Phoenix. The house is a modern interpretation of the vernacular courtyard style found throughout the southwest.
The front uses common materials to the neighborhood in a new modern way. A recessed front porch walls flare out as if to welcome the community
Cantilevered wood beams angle up towards the growing city skyline. On the left, a sloped area captures the monsoon rainfall and the Mulga Acacia trees will grow to the height of the home over time to provide more shade and privacy.
Each unit in this development is accessed by a pedestrian walkway through a private courtyard. The low, spaced concrete block wall provides a social component to the development
Overall view of the courtyard that extends the livable area of the home
Studhorse | Olson Kundig
The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.
Desert Canopy House -- a wall of glass faces the mountains and the large overhang protects it from the sun and heat.
Uptown Row consists of 10 townhomes a mere 500 feet from a light rail station in Phoenix. Each unit has a semi-private courtyard behind a spaced block wall, and a private roof deck with view of the city skyline and mountains beyond
Breezeway to the master bedroom beyond that opens up to the pool courtyard through a pocketing glass door
A stairway leads up to a roof deck, inspired by the historic sleeping porches in the area that take advantage of the cold nights to cool off in the desert.
A 10 foot deep cantilevered roof provides consistent shade pool side in the courtyard
Firepit and wire fox terrier with hardscape and landscape to exterior dining terrace at raised deck beyond
Revamped 1973 Holiday Rambler is now an all new living space.
Office courtyard
Studhorse | Olson Kundig

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