95 Outdoor Side Yard Design Photos And Ideas

All of the plants are native to the area. “I was trying to re-create what I have out my front door, where the park starts,” says Jon, who worked on the landscaping with Jones. “The garden is also super low-impact. I don’t water it at all, and  my kill rate is less than five percent.”
Patio with gas firepit
Swimming pool at rear yard
Patio/Pool
In consultation with the clients, Alterstudio opted to clad the house in local cypress rather than imported, FSC-certified ipe.
Large, meticulously landscaped courtyard
An outdoor shower is concealed in the side yard and features a weathered 
cedar slat enclosure.
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.
As the Corton steel blends the house into its setting, light from side windows appear like lanterns through the forest.
When building such a modest structure in a large landscape, designer and client often had to defend their vision to their collaborators. “We knew this house was going to be for Maggie and she would live there alone,” designer Lauren Moffitt says. “But people are always projecting for future resale. Putting in the smallest size of anything—to any subcontractor, it’s just not reasonable.”
The “mid-ground” between the three structures serves as a community hub. Dick takes advantage of the site’s shared bicycle storage and its proximity to a popular bike lane.
Edgewood House
Mill Valley, CA
The large garden is surrounded by green pastures, woods, and the original train tracks. It also includes a bread/pizza oven, boules (a French game), and ping-pong.
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.
Prior to courtyard extension: View of original side yard to east.
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.
Courtyard featuring the Live Oak Tree.  The neutral tones on the homes exterior act as a canvas to nature showing a play of light on the exterior of the home throughout the day
the architectural language of the building is articulated within the relationship among the small open courtyards
West Elevation - Private Chill zone from mishacks' modular design system.
Architect Elizabeth Herrmann’s Knoll House project, Best Transitional category winner of 2017 Marvin Architects Challenge.
Case Inlet Retreat
Clayden made the most of his modest lot by building as close to the perimeter as local zoning codes allow.
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
Woody35's distinct shape makes it stand out from its surroundings despite the modest size of the building.
“Not a drop  of water is wasted here,” Nina says of the yard. “This is huge  for Mexico City. The whole terrace  is a water collector.”
Side Facade
Helen Street by mw|works
Outside View of Phoenix House
Clean lines and mass groupings of plants help create a sense of openness and space within a small garden.

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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