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The back garden is a perfect metaphor for what the couple hoped to achieve with their project. "We feel a part of the city, but there’s still this sense of privacy," says Ali.
"You can see [with] this building how the design is in the small details and at the urban scale," says Cynthia.
Ben and Luis sit by a fire in their side yard surrounded by a flourishing garden.
In a 4,000-person village known for epic windsurfing vacations, Atelier Branco builds a striking courtyard home.
Lush landscaping softens the concrete stair.
The home’s glass addition was conceived as a place to be both indoors and outdoors at the same time.
Michael D'Angelo Landscape Architecture provided a new master plan that includes grassy areas for lawn games, a fire pit, and new plantings.
Whitney designed a living wall with a large round mirror for the side garden, where the rescue beagles nap in the sunlight.
Another view from the same courtyard.
Thick custom casework surrounds a set of solid mahogany lift-and-slide pocket doors.
A modern stone fence made of galvanized steel mesh filled with stones surrounds the house. “We got the stones from the local stonecutter—they use the stones washed up on the beach, not the stones from the fields,” Lassen explains.
For the door that leads off the master bedroom, the architects chose a subtle, contrasting color that worked well with the timber.
San Francisco–based landscape design studio TALC helped reimagine the lot and the green spaces around the two buildings, with distinct exterior rooms: a meadow, a dining area, a fire pit area, and a patio.
The lounge deck at the rear yard of Sunset Hills Residence features a swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens. Architect Hsu McCullough's design beautifully merges minimalism with an abundance of nature.
Saddle Peak Residence by AUX Architecture
The heavy stucco walls provide shade, and they also help separate the more private areas of the home from the public ones.
As a result of its elevation, the bedroom wing allows vegetation to nestle gently under and around with minimal disturbance.
Water features pepper the gardens throughout.
Gardens surround the stone facade for a softening effect.
Expansive glass doors open onto the main courtyard.
The home's lush surroundings.
A covered patio just off the living room is accessible via custom doors. "The use of the large steel sliding and stacking doors allowed the volume to open up and make the home feel much more expansive that it really is," says Knight.
A redwood deck, easily accessed from the living areas, is a nice spot for alfresco meals or outdoor hangs, with views overlooking the hills and city lights.
The zen garden, while small, provides a peaceful visual and physical respite from the rest of the home.
The atrium and adjacent skylights fill the home with light and fresh air.
The atrium as it connects to the rest of the house.
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.
The outdoors are part of the cohesive design, embracing the vegetation, sites, and sunlight.
The central courtyard connects to a raised deck for socializing within easy access to the kitchen.
A pergola over the dining area allows for privacy without obstructing the phenomenal views.
A collection of low-slung volumes create a series of platforms near the ground, so family members can be close together while still retaining their privacy.
The overhaul restored the home's exterior. Note the stepped cornice at the roofline, which had been previously squared off with stucco. The architect and contractor referenced historical photos in order to rebuild it with authenticity. Landscape designers Terremoto then created a defined entrance sequence that includes a custom bench and a concrete fountain.
The couple source ideas for their garden from their trips to Japan.
According to the architects, "the spatial arrangement of the ‘pocket’ courtyards is also driven by environmental concerns: the building is teased apart to maximize winter solar penetration and to capture prevailing cooling breezes."
Much of Roscommon House is single-story. With a total of 5,900 square feet of floor area, its footprint takes up the majority of the lot, so the architects cleverly sowed in green spaces wherever they could.
This view shows how the original house relates to the new addition, which was stepped in to make room for an exterior courtyard.
An outdoor bathroom for lazy summer soaks.
The outdoor space.
The outdoor terrace is paved with honed basaltina. The teak outdoor sofas arranged around the fire pit are by James Perse.
The courtyard has a serene sitting area and frames views into the house and straight through to the other side.
Evening Lighting on Fibre Cement Board
This view of the patio captures the Waymire Residence's classic midcentury style, as the home appears to almost take flight from its hillside setting.
The negative space is defined by key vistas.
The house hugs the perimeter of the forest.
The split program separates the main living spaces from the master and guest suites, allowing the outdoors to flow more easily into the home.
The internal courtyard captures northerly light.
Low irrigation plants and minimalistic hardscapes form the serene outdoor space.
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.
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 sliding glass doors connect the interiors to the outdoor terraces and pool.

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.