35 Outdoor Front Yard Small Patio, Porch, Deck Design Photos And Ideas

Patio with gas firepit
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.
“Stacey’s property abuts an artists’ colony, so she didn’t want the container to wall off her friends, so we used a bamboo hedge behind it as a way of protecting it from sun yet remaining welcoming to her neighbors.”
The tent-like home responds to the challenging site in a dynamic way.
Front steps
Helen Street by mw|works
Built with a steel frame, the Frost House features panels of styrofoam between aluminum sheets for the exterior walls and styrofoam between plywood for the roof and floors. Bold, primary colors accentuate its geometric form.
At the entrance, Bruce is joined by his son, Sozé, and dog, Izzy. The 1940s shingled cottage was renovated by architectural designer Randall Recinos, designer Brian Paquette, and contractor Dylan Conrad.
Entry Bridge
Once through the street-level entrance, the property's modern garage door comes into view. Stairs lead up to the kitchen.
Front Exterior
coastal midcentury modern // entry + drought-tolerant landscaping
Front Porch: Bronze sculpture by Gail Folwell
Front outdoor area
Front Exterior
Front outdoor space
Our House - Exterior
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
The house is surrounded by buildings on all sides except its south facade, which faces the street. An expansive operable window is key for effective ventilation during hot summer months. Additionally, a cantilevered balcony shelters a carport, bike storage, and even a playful swing.
Interior Patio and Garage
front exterior
The view at night.
Front Exterior
An asymmetrical mailbox incorporates mid-century geometry and new building materials into the front approach.

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.

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