40 Outdoor Planters Patio, Porch, Deck Design Photos And Ideas

A view of the lanai with the kitchen behind it.
The lush courtyard of a home set in Savannah's Historic District.
<b>Coffee Kiosk:</b> Accessible through a sliding millwork wall, the coffee kiosk doubles as a laundry room (the washer and dryer are hidden behind cabinets). A hatch window opens the space, which is outfitted with a refurbished 1997 Elektra espresso maker.
The roof terrace offers an outdoor lounge space, as well as views into the Seattle hills.
The steel post-and-beam structural components frame entry ways and circulation.
The porch is perfect for entertaining.
Viewing Decks and Infinity Pool
Plenty of light can enter the living area through the peaceful backyard garden.
Bright yellow seating injects vibrancy into the space.
The Cycas forms the focal point of the outdoor dining area.
The bright silver vehicles may look old school, but they’ve been completely renovated from the inside out for ultimate comfort and style.
The cantilevered flating Managris wood deck.
A peaceful poolside vignette at Casa Bri Bri.
A shared courtyard with a firepit.
The outdoor benefits from ceiling fans to help circulate the air and keep things cool.
The stacked stone fireplace is perfect for entertaining on cool desert nights.
Contemporary materials like zinc and glass contrast with a cast iron facade and slate roofs.
Perched atop the historic Gilsey House, the J+K Residence also overlooks a storied neighborhood. The land, located north of Madison Square, was one of New York's last remaining family farms before becoming a bustling theater district. It then devolved into a neglected wholesale district until being rediscovered by artists and entrepreneurs.
A section of the facade—a cross between a shoji screen and a barn door—slides open. Planter boxes contain edible varieties that fuel Mary’s culinary explorations.
Connected by an exterior stone staircase, the rooftop level offers seating and dining areas and an outdoor kitchen.
Shadows of the pergola at rear yard patio
For the front deck, the couple chose  a dining set by Teak Smith; the driftwood and metal corkscrew is by sculptor David Tanych.
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Santa Monica, California
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Backyard
Backyard
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.
Architect Douglas Stockman says the building's charcoal-and-orange exterior coloring was "intended to reflect the dynamic character of the neighborhood." Here, it provides a festive backdrop to the residents' semi-annual Finn Lofts community party.
Cor-Ten steel planters host a bounty of fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
Private garden with deck
the owners enjoying the new garden terrace

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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