190 Outdoor Small Patio, Porch, Deck Grass Design Photos And Ideas

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The owners wanted to improve the connection between the interiors and the outdoor garden.
The L-shaped layout embraces a patch of a private garden where the owners can lounge in the sunshine, picnic on the property, and take in views of the nearby lake.
East Elevation
East Elevation Entry Detail
West Elevation
West Elevation @ Dusk
View from Southwest @ Dusk
While Falck built most of the tiny home himself, he hired a local carpenter to build the window frame and door.
Adjacent to the cabin is a spacious deck that is raised above the ground on wooden stilts.
Custom Bioretention Planter (Landscape Architecture by CampionHruby)
Durable fiber-cement HardiePlank clads the rear facade.
Carstensen updated the deck, replacing the vertical posts with screen to create a more open feeling.
The screened porch is just a few steps from the back door and deck, making for easy circulation between the different areas.
Carstensen landscaped the backyard and added a simple firepit circle with chairs. This seating area merges easily with the new screened porch.
The home, like the surrounding clusters of oaks, simultaneously shelters and defines the clearings.
The interior courtyard of the home faces northeast, looking out over the rolling hills.
The negative space is defined by key vistas.
A deep roof overhang creates a sheltered outdoor patio for enjoying north-facing views of the landscape.
The addition of black metal perforated screens along the perimeter of the garden provide privacy and light, without appearing to be too austere.
New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun.
New addition from outdoor garden
Viewed from the street looking west, the first third of the lot was landscaped to be an extension of the adjacent land and water conservation project and to provide an undisturbed animal habitat.
Courtyard
"The border between inside and outside fades because of the perpetuation of the washed concrete flooring, reminiscent of cannon bases. Just like the shutters of the old barn, the sliding facades of the expansion offer the opportunity to seal off the guest complex entirely," explains Vanhoutte.
On the ground floor, the house comprises a series of brick volumes.
By reducing the facade, which faces the strong western sun, the architects could minimize the amount of sunlight entering the building.
"This long rectangular view was carefully detailed to widen the perspective of the garden, creating an optical illusion of making the garden itself feel wider then it actually is," says Ong.
The original extension blocked airflow and sunlight into the house, which resulted in dark, cramped living spaces. By adding three massive sliding doors to open up the garden-facing wall of the house, Ong has made the interiors look and feel brighter and more spacious.
"We immediately knew the best method to bring value through design would be to remove the lean-to," says Ong. His solution was to pull open the rear façade and alter the relationship between the existing spaces with the garden outdoors.
To make the home look and feel larger, the MODO team ironically made the new house smaller in size.
Sliding glass doors open the bedrooms up to their own private patios; the opaque walls conceal the bathrooms.
The rear elevation of the home faces North, taking advantage of natural light via extensive doors and clerestory windows tucked under the eaves.
Mature oak trees provide welcome shade in the warmer months.
A pair of teak Adirondack chaises from Gloster face a white clover lawn.
The property has been in Barensfeld's family since the 1970s.
Eisler Landscapes provided plants for the yard.
A sheltered outdoor terrace is located near the heart of the home.
A dark gray standing seam metal roof tops the building with metal eaves that match the depth of the existing home.
In the rear, a wooden deck is supported by concrete and shaded by a roof overhang.
The entry foyer, perched on the pond’s west bank, opens to a long glazed walkway elevated above the water that leads to the main living spaces and bedrooms beyond.
Garden and greenhouse
An old cistern found on the original site is now a black concrete plunge pool.
An outdoor hot tub is a perfect spot from which to enjoy the surrounding views and relax after a day of hiking or biking.
Case Inlet Retreat
The goal of the remodel was to preserve the home's classic look, while also updating it.
Although the home's historic front facade needed to be preserved, the back of the residence was ripe for a remodel. The architects cladded the exterior in eastern cedar. The wood is offset with large expanses of glass, as well as yellow accents to add a playful atmosphere.
Like the windows, the large pocket doors are by Jeld-Wen. Alchemia chairs by Archirivolto are arranged on a deck near the courtyard, which is planted with fragrant thyme.
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.
Karen White, David MacNaughtan, and their sons, Griffin and Finlay, hang out on the front deckof their narrow home in Toronto’s leafy Roncesvalles neighborhood. A narrow modernist composition of glass panes and purple brick, the house slips like a bookmark between two older buildings, a bright three-story abode on a lot narrower than most suburban driveways.  Photo by Dean Kaufman. Read more about the small house here.
“Before, the house turned its back on the landscape,” said Parish. “This renovation and addition really animates the garden.” Sliding glass doors match those of the living room beyond the deck, and both can be completely open to the yard.
Entry Bridge
Mint's elevated location offers stellar sunset viewing.
Guests have access to their own private rooftop terrace complete with hammocks, greenery, and sail canopies.
The family spends summers and school vacations at the bach. New Zealand's relatively mild winters mean they use the house year-round.

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.