71 Outdoor Large Patio, Porch, Deck Hanging Lighting Design Photos And Ideas

The home features large windows and doors that open out onto three stone terraces, providing a perfect spot for entertaining.
The couple added sliding doors so that the deck could become an extension of the living area.
"We spend a lot of time in the backyard all year round. We wanted to take advantage of Los Angeles' weather and have a true indoor/outdoor feel in the house," says Jenn, who is a Hollywood film producer.
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.
861 Lovell Avenue in Mill Valley, California is surrounded by redwood trees and offers that California dream of living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Sounds of the Cascade Falls stream in from the East, while the afternoon sun floods the courtyard and swimming pool to the West.
Travertine flooring by New Marble Company continues from the interiors to the outdoor courtyards to further emphasize indoor/outdoor living.
Drought-tolerant landscaping beautifies the backyard. The home's rear elevation features impressive spans of glass; original in appearance, but upgraded for energy efficiency.
"A three-foot platform raises the main floor level from the ground, protecting the house against recurring floods," explains the firm. "This difference of level between the interior and exterior was used to create sloped gardens that work as thermal buffer zones."
An expansive, infinity-edge pool stretches to the west side of the site. The winds that are cooled when passing over the pool blow through the home and into the sleeping areas.
A limestone partition wall screens the indoor courtyard from the garage.
The brick walls of Casa TM were covered in white stucco, a minimalist choice that sets the stage for the pared-back interiors.
According to the architects, the house's "thinner dimensions not only display refinement of technique, but also remove visual weight from materials—the position being that lightness is good for the human spirit and visual heaviness is not."
Since land in downtown LA comes at a premium, most hotel pools are relegated to rooftops. Hotel Figueroa's ground-level pool is an extravagant and beloved original feature that adds to the property's character and lively social scene.
The courtyard was created to be a gathering space where all rooms meet.
The center of the home is an open-air atrium with access from multiple rooms.
The pool house has been designed by Taalman Architecture.
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The courtyard sits in the center of the home and divides it into two wings, separating the family’s private quarters from the guest accommodations.  There are almost no hotel rooms in Stinson Beach, so being able to spend the night is exceptionally special.
Why build a Passive House? "The obvious answer is low heating and cooling bills, but we find people most appreciate the other benefits, like consistent thermal comfort, sound proofing, and air quality," say the architects.
The second seating area features furniture from All Modern.
Resysta decking surrounds the pool. A second charcoal-colored structure houses equipment, storage, a kitchenette, as well as a covered seating area.
A limestone terrace beckons off the main living areas. The white outdoor chairs are from IKEA.
Pictured on the left is the former cottage that's located on the north side of the house. It houses two bedrooms, a kitchenette, dining area, bathroom, and a mud room.
A look at the spectacular landscape.
The cedar-lined terrace has a fire pit which provides excellent additional space for outdoor entertaining.
The expansive terrace creates a smooth transition to the outdoors.
On the south, a deep overhang protects the living room from the summer sun, while providing coverage to the outdoor elements.
"The creation of a 'functionally active' series of retaining walls with our colleagues at Surfacedesign activates the space for use with an outdoor fireplace, bar-b-que, and climbing wall," notes Maniscalco.
An outdoor swing bed makes the most of sunny, Santa Monica weather.
The food cart specializes in smoked meat sandwiches. It sits on a patio event space that can hold up to 300 people with seating for 80.
The Madrona by NODE is a 750-square-foot, zero-net energy guest house. Grid-tied, it stores energy with battery backup.
The architects set the garage and access hall at street level, but embedded the rest of the program 8.5 feet below for better access to the garden.
"The stone wall slightly protrudes above the roofs and highlights the simple forms guided by the plot’s shape," says Elorduy. "The wall draws a series of slopes and counter slopes providing the house with a singular geometry."
A new saltwater pool and spa were added to the backyard. Part of the concrete hardscape was replaced with AstroTurf.
A peek at the sparkling pool.
The newly landscaped yard is virtually maintenance free and features modern concrete hardscapes, as well as wood decking—perfect for alfresco entertaining.
The rear terrace boasts a recently built heated swimming pool with an infinity edge.
The Pool
Clean lines and midcentury vibes surround the outdoor pool.
View from the rooftop.
At the rear patio is a kitchen, dining area, and an Ipe-wood deck with a fire pit, lounge seats, and a water feature.
A patio provides space for al fresco dining.
The huge backyard has a newly added "rec room" and multiple entertaining areas.
The pool area.
The Pavilion has plenty of cozy seating, a cast concrete fireplace, and a sound system.
Basket weave pendants from Tower 20 Venice.
A reed and metal pergola structure constructed by PSS Design Cult.
On the terrace, a custom mixed-height table made from wood and granite encourages a communal cooking and dining experience.
Automatic retractable Sky-Frame windows open the living room  completely on two sides.
A good deal of the home’s energy  is harvested via a Sun First photovoltaic system that’s backed up by 24 Concorde AGM deep-cycle batteries. An emergency shut-off system from MidNite Solar can be controlled remotely, while Sunny SensorBox monitors offer tracking of wind speed and temperature.
Exterior Living Room

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.