This small weekend retreat on the flank of the rolling grassy coastal plain in Hollister Ranch, near Gaviota, Calif., looks out on breathtaking panoramic views of ocean and foothills. The flagstone and gravel patio leads to a cozy fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs.
The elevated, diagonal ridge beam that projects out on the leading edge of the wooden structure posed a challenge for the design team. Custom steel connections and careful planning made the outdoor layout successful in creating a cozy lounge for the homeowners and their guests to enjoy.
A flagstone terrace with comfortable, stylish woven seating overlooks a sweeping valley that leads to California's Lake Arrowhead. The private and secluded Tudor-style home rests on 4.5 acres, with seven bedrooms, soaring ceilings and a 3,200-square-foot guest house.
A U-shaped outdoor bench with trellis-patterned cushions overlooks stunning views of the Arizona desert and mountains. In the middle of bench sits a long stone firepit, making this the perfect outdoor space for gathering with friends.
This rustic patio area features gray paver stones and a large stone fire pit surrounded by brown rattan chairs with green cushions. Large boulder stones trim the perimeter of the patio, while a black chain link fence contains the dog run located just behind the space.
Surrounded by lush plants and incredible mountain views, this rock patio is the ultimate place to relax and unwind. A small bridge over the infinity pool connects to the patio which features two distinct seating areas. A pair of poolside rocking chairs offer a place to sit and enjoy the view.
Now this is outdoor living! Even if you can’t add all these fun features, consider adding a fireplace or installing a roof over the deck. That way, a little rain doesn’t have to limit your outside time. For maximum elegance, choose Horizon composite decking, shown here in exotic Ipe.
The lake seems to start right at the edge of the patio, where long twin sofas and a roof overhead make it possible to enjoy the view rain or shine. Designed by Bill Moore, Chris Reebals and Emory Ratliff
The cedar hot tub is tucked into the hillside, surrounded by field stone walls and a cozy flagstone patio. Restrained plantings take their cue from the stunning natural setting. Sweeps of native grasses and succulents dot the garden; olive trees provide structure and shade.
Two wood rocking chairs are divided by a small wood table in front of a gray stone fireplace. A stone bench runs along the front of the fireplace to provide extra seating on this flagstone patio. Lush green ivy and trees create a cozy surrounding and beautiful scenery.