Contemporary Outdoor Living is Welcoming, Comfortable
Floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable sliding walls of glass seamlessly blend the contemporary dining room with a welcoming balcony that has stunning view of Los Angeles. An oversized sectional is perfect for relaxing or entertaining.
Pollinator-Friendly Terrace Has San Francisco Landmark Views
The Cloud Terrace at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase offers a nearly 180-degree view of San Francisco's top sights, including San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Landscape architect Chih-Wei G.V. Chang added purple walls lined by pollinator friendly flowers to invite hummingbirds and bees to share in the otherwise private view.
This traditional craftsman home boasts a spacious deck area with medium brown wood planks and a curved white railing. A white pergola is positioned over a black metal dining set, providing a comfortable spot for enjoying the outdoors.
Designer Matt Partridge of Juergen Partridge Limited installed multiple structures that provide shady, gathering spots on even the hottest days in this romantic backyard. To enhance the woodwork, he applied multiple stain colors to the cedar structure and decks. Designer Tip: When planning an outdoor space, think about your lifestyle and how you'll use it — whether as a recreational area for a young, active family or as a private, serene spot for relaxing and reading.
Designed by Jamie Durie, this deck is made up of undulating wooden planks, which create opportunities for ergonomic seating. The floating timber islands form stepping stones to get from one side to the other.
A pressure-treated pine (PTP) deck gets a stylish upgrade with a pergola and dining area. PTP structures are economic and practical due to a lifetime warranty against rotting and termites but they are subject to cracking and cupping in prolonged hot weather. To prevent this, hose the deck down occasionally to minimize heat exposure.