34 Outdoor Desert Hardscapes Design Photos And Ideas

View over the Canal
Entry Court
Street view of the double gable
Constructed from local desert rocks, the exterior walls relate to the natural setting in which they sit.
Natural light is a given in this home, since each major room features floor-to-ceiling glass panels and sliding doors that are all eight feet high.
Samuel installed a dining area in the front of the house.
The customized yurt, attached hut, and porch are perched atop Refugio Mountain for stunning views.
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.
A lounging deck and firepit off the principle bedroom.
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Glazing facing the sea.
Owner Dave McAdam started Blue Sky Building Systems, whose steel-frame system easily adapts to sloped lots, before founding Homestead Modern, whose pre-designed homes can be built nearly anywhere for a set price. Above, a shaded patio off the main house enjoys access to a fire pit and a grill.
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point.
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.
Burnette sought to maintain the property’s natural vegetation and rocky ground surface.
Wire fox terrier on guard at the raised wood deck and bedroom beyond
coastal midcentury modern // entry + drought-tolerant landscaping
"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.
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

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.