27 Outdoor House Building Type Design Photos And Ideas

Desai Chia Architecture harvested plagued ash trees from the client’s property and used them for interior millwork, flooring, and trim. Working in collaboration with local architect of record Ray Kendra of Environment Architects and Delta Millworks of Texas, the firm clad the dwelling’s exterior in cedar that  was intentionally burned to protect it from fire, insects, and age. The  process is called shou sugi ban.
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Leelanau County, Michigan
Dwell Magazine : September / October 2017
Cassidy used the pool as an anchor for an overarching backyard master plan that pulled the parts together.
In the winter, the polished concrete floor, which faces a large south-facing opening, accumulates heat from the sun during the day and keeps this heat indoors at night.
Cedar planks on the exterior walls are dyed black, and on the indoor walls, these cedar planks are dyed white.
The oculus deck serves as an oversized sun dial
Southeast corner from beach
The house has two modules: a living space on the left and a utilities, laundry, and outdoor kitchen on the right.
The house nestled in the forest
In the back, ferns and other shade-friendly plants thrive beneath the home’s deep overhangs.
Entry Stair to Front Door
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
Rimrock | Olson Kundig
The house that architects Brian Johnsen and Sebastian Schmaling designed for Chele Isaac and John Neis appears to pop up from Wisconsin’s “driftless area,” an effect that is enhanced by a sedum roof that changes color with the seasons.
“This is a humanized landscape of meadows, walls, ash, streams, a small-scale landscape, minimal, almost domestic, and where absolutely everything happens in yellow,” the architects wrote in a statement. To that end, the only hint of color on the house’s otherwise natural exterior is a door painted a vibrant lemon-yellow hue.
Woody35's distinct shape makes it stand out from its surroundings despite the modest size of the building.
Constructing a largely timber house in a bush fire-prone landscape wasn’t easy. “We had to negotiate with the council and building surveyor,” Crump explains. To solve the challenge, the architect designed an outer, protective skin for the home that’s clad with metal; it pushes beyond the building envelope to provide covering for outdoor living spaces. The inset walls are lined with local shiplap Celery Top Pine.
The home's modern exterior features glass, wood, and concrete.

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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