83 Outdoor Side Yard Shrubs Design Photos And Ideas

Viewing Decks and Infinity Pool
A view of the pool from the terrace.
Connect 5 backyard porch at sunset.
This pergola-covered seating area, complete with hanging chairs, is off the living room.
Creekside Residence
A fountain that spills into a palm sheltered pond at the entry.
After purchasing a thin, L-shaped lot in Tokyo, Tamotsu Nakada asked architect and friend Koji Tsutsui to create an open-plan concrete home to fit the site.
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.
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.
“The lone valley oak in some ways defined the shape of the house,” says landscape architect Bernard Trainor. The structure wraps around the century-old tree, forming a courtyard with a series of fiber-cement chairs by French designer Julia von Sponeck.
The west patio opens up to a grass area that can be enjoyed by many.
The east patio overlooks a line of yaupon holly trees
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 house is one of about 60 so-called Usonian houses that Wright designed for middle-income clients starting in 1936. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
A classic VW bus in vintage colors shows both the scale and scope of The Barn and its surrounding scenery.
Prentis Hale of SHED Architecture & Design reimagined a kit home in Tiburon, California, that was erected in 1991.
The cantilevered main floor creates space for bracken fern and other indigenous vegetation to flourish.
Fields of native grasses connect the main residence, situated at the top of the slope, to the new structures scattered below.
Trainor planted native grasses and yarrow as a visual buffer between the house and the natural site. Feldman chose Douglas fir beams as the board forms for the site-poured concrete walls. “The rough texture of the concrete helps tie the house to this dynamic and wild setting,” he says.
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 porch extension of glass and corten steel was added to this renovated Italian country house. From within the views connect the porch to the outdoor, but from outside, the reflection of the glass volume reflects the natural landscape taking on the skin of green.
The Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, features a solar hemicycle footprint. Image courtesy of Wright Auction House.
Just like the interior, the outdoor shower is an exercise in reduction and contrast: It’s merely a boulder placed under a showerhead on the side of the building. “If you really strain your eyes, you can see perhaps one other house,” Cheshire says of the vista.
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
. Daughter Sydney plays with friends in Siegal’s prototype for a prefab playhouse.
Joel, a landscape designer, created “a series of outdoor rooms,” including an alfresco kitchen that is sheltered beneath a cedar trellis. The Butterfly chairs are from Fresh Home and Garden in Toronto.
From there, a private walkway runs to the shore.
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.”
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.
Beyond the bocce court is the skate bowl, which the Wessels designed with  CA RampWorks.
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.”
Shadows of the pergola at rear yard patio
Patio with gas firepit
Swimming pool at rear yard
The house measures approximately 2,500 square feet. Molly, who was born and raised in Taos, says, “Proportionally, it’s a very human scale, and it salutes the unconventional architecture found in local Earthship houses and owner-built homes.”
Taos, New Mexico
Dwell Magazine : July / August 2017
An outdoor shower is concealed in the side yard and features a weathered 
cedar slat enclosure.
A rough board-formed concrete wall hems in the courtyard garden creating an organic looking transition to the wild scrub oak beyond.
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.
With operable, overhead glass walls the all-season room is the perfect place to watch summer and winter storms roll by.
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.

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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