91 Outdoor Side Yard Hardscapes Design Photos And Ideas

The negative space is defined by key vistas.
The split program separates the main living spaces from the master and guest suites, allowing the outdoors to flow more easily into the home.
Potrero Residence Garden
Potrero Residence Garden
Low irrigation plants and minimalistic hardscapes form the serene outdoor space.
A new floor plan opened up the home taking advantage of both the natural lighting and cross-ventilation—minimizing the need for electricity and air-conditioning.
Another view of the covered walkway skirting the courtyard and the primary living areas.
The three structures are linked by a covered walkway and surround a north-facing courtyard protected from coastal winds. There is no fence to encourage interaction with neighbors.
Entry Court
Sævik compares her house to a contemplative hideout. “It’s very quiet,” she says. “You can concentrate and let thoughts fly.” Her favorite summer pastimes include reading, painting, drawing, yoga, and “just sitting and feeling the forest,” she says.
The house is divided into three sections connected by a series of outdoor galleries. “When I walk from one room to another, I have to go outdoors and feel the weather and nature—rain, cold, and sun,” says Sævik. 

Instead of emphasizing the expansive panorama of oak, pine, and aspen trees, the house frames select views—a move inspired by Japanese design.
The exterior features a poetic layering of spaces that highlights the interplay of light and dark.
The client requested the design to include a water feature. Instead of a pool that would require tremendous upkeep, the architect was inspired by a pool he saw in Spain to produce a rain channel that is fed by rain and melting snow with a valve that the client can easily control.
Large concrete walls provide both privacy and shade.
The sliding glass doors connect the interiors to the outdoor terraces and pool.
The courtyard in the center of the compound opens with a lovely lap pool.
Hutchins and Montague worked with Samuel H. Williamson Associates Landscape Architecture on the garden, which is planted with sword ferns, vine maple, and wild ginger. “When we look at it from the bedroom, it’s our private little forest,” Montague says.
The pool area.
The resort has 24 suites, each 1,065 square feet, and four two-bedroom villas, at 3,710 square feet. Other on-site amenities include a full spa, rock garden, workout center, yoga studio, library, bar, and restaurant.
An interior courtyard.
Pockets of greenery add a warmth to the interior courtyards.
Just seven Wexler Steel Homes were built, as the rising costs of steel prohibited the full neighborhood development.
A lounging deck and firepit off the principle bedroom.
An open central patio.
Moving the entrance off the street to the rear of the house allowed for the creation of a diminutive side yard.
The homeowners of this New Zealand home have found a practical and passively sustainable alternative to a dryer as they hang their clothes out to dry in the ventilated space beneath the first floor of their house.
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Exposed structural members reach outwards and are painted a silver hue.
Architect Charlie Lazor designed this peaceful, lakeside prefab in Ontario, Canada with a Japanese-style bathroom, clad in teak, with a matching tub and sink by Bath in Wood.
Greenery at the entrance of the home.
Courtyard House, Location: Somers Victoria Australia, Architect: Rowan Opat .Evolving from the notion of a series of outbuildings

on a greenfi eld site, principles of

passive solar design have informed this �courtyard

house�. The northern eaves respond directly to

shading becoming shallower in proportion to the

depth of space as experienced in the square plan.

As the dominant designed area, on this hectare

site, the courtyard both surrounds and is

surrounded by the house, creating a contained

space within an otherwise semi-rural block.
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Miami, Florida
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
This Dallas gem is set against a dramatic backdrop and offers breathtaking views from every room.
Windows and terraces were designed to frame specific vistas ranging from rural pastures to vineyards, olive groves, and the Hanging Rock outcrop. “The views are very controlled,“ Titania says.
A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary  structure, and (often) building skin.”
In the Mission District yard Monica Viarengo created for the Sharkey family, outdoor chalkboard paint by Sydney Harbour applied to marine-grade plywood offers a gallery for creativity.  A mural by local artist Erik Otto—inspired by the neighborhood—brightens the back of the space.
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below.
Once unkempt terrain (1), the lot was replanted by Elysian Landscapes. Board-formed concrete walls now hold a lush collection of Bloodgood Japanese maple trees, Canyon Prince wild rye grasses, and Blue Fox Tail agaves. A Spun stool by Heatherwick Studio for Magis joins an outdoor furniture set by Plain Air.
The patio is equipped with IKEA furniture; the previous residents chose the sliders and windows, which are by Sierra Pacific
. Daughter Sydney plays with friends in Siegal’s prototype for a prefab playhouse.
Sling chairs by Garza Marfa flank  a Made Goods concrete table.
Sixteen-foot-tall glass walls, paired with seven-foot overhangs and three-foot solar screens, optimize the home’s passive climate control and capture views of the  valley that unfurls across the couple’s 160-acre property.
Gawthrop, an avid hang-glider who is a member of the U.S. Soaring Team, wanted the home to evoke flight; the standing-seam roof from Metal Sale is held up by wire struts to resemble a plane’s wing.  In the foreground is the rock formation designer Alan Nicholson had excavated.
A gravel perimeter keeps mud from splashing on the walls when it rains. Adds Molly, “You can get away with minimal landscaping because there’s so much natural vegetation here.”
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Taos, New Mexico
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
In Fritham, England, Andrew Hollins and Sheryl Wilson repaired a water tower with the help of PAD Studio. An adjoining cottage containing bedrooms, a kitchen, and more is outfitted with LG solar panels.
Board-formed concrete walls create the core of the house and establish its organic feel. “There’s really no other cast-in-place concrete on the street,” says Sarah, “but you don’t even see it until you’ve made it through  the front courtyard.” There, beneath a deep overhang, the couple designed a jagged pathway cantilevered over a water feature—bringing the sounds of water inside and reflections of light into the sitting area.
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.”

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.