Mountain Home With Stone Exterior and Patio Fire Pit
This rustic home exterior features neutral stone paired with gray siding. Black woven outdoor chairs are positioned around the fire pit, offering a cozy spot to sit, while the patio is covered in neutral stone tiles.
Equipped with a ceiling fan and a wood-burning stove, this screened-in porch maintains a welcoming environment whatever the weather. A porch swing begs for you and your favorite book. Architecture by Jasmit Rangr.
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 the ocean and mountains. Meandering gravel and flagstone paths bring movement to the outdoor space.
Sophisticated Outdoor Living Room is Perfect for Entertaining
The refined outdoor living area has a spacious layout for multiple seating areas and picturesque views of the huge grassy yard, mature trees and creek. Wood planks add warmth to the ceiling above, while cool gray tile grounds the space.
The covered patio acts as a transition from interior to exterior and provides a cozy outdoor living space. The orientation of the entertainment barn and pool terrace take advantage of the distant mountain views.
This gorgeous pavilion welcomes guests into the one-acre private retreat. Exposed wood beams combine with a lantern-style light fixture draw the eye up, while stacked stone columns bring a rustic quality to the space.
Along the home's upper level stretches a generous balcony, wide enough to comfortably manage several seating areas, all offering sweeping lake views. Designed by Bill Moore, Chris Reebals and Emory Ratliff
This relaxed home was created for Tim Brown and his family. A large focus was placed on making the home as energy efficient as it is aesthetically pleasing. The placement on the site was key in keeping it a low-energy-using home. With lots of cross ventilation and clerestory windows to vent heat, the home's energy bills are half the amount of a typical home in this area. A rainwater collection system was also incorporated to catch 100 percent of the home's potable water.
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.
Stone column bases, a new front door, new windows, dark wood shutters and rustic sconces make for a dramatic front entrance that integrates well with the Italian country vibe of the newly remodeled interior.
Tree stumps serve as woodsy and rustic side tables, the perfect size for cocktails. Draw inspiration from this outdoor seating area by Chicago interior designer Tom Stringer, who injects a classic, multi-layered modern approach into his work.