The covered patio with wood slat siding and a double sided fireplace acts as a second living room for the home. A wicker sectional sofa with neutral cushions is a comfortable place to enjoy company and conversation.
Swimming Pool: French Normandy Beauty in New Canaan, Conn.
With an elevated spa and comfortable patio seating, the home's luxurious swimming pool makes the backyard feel like an exclusive resort. Trees surround the pool, providing shade and privacy, and flowers potted in elegant urns add feminine sophistication to the outdoor space.
This gorgeous backyard has an oasis-like feel. Located below the infinity edge pool is a lounge-like seating area, which can only be reached by walking over the concrete stepping pads. Water spills over the stacked stone wall creating the sound of rain sticks.
What a peaceful place to enjoy some company. This outdoor design includes a small sitting area with rocking chairs and a fire pit. A koi pond runs directly beside the sitting space to contribute to the tranquil setting.
These homeowners liked the cleanness of a modern home, but also wanted to keep warm colors that made the space feel more their own, so designers created a "transitional" look, using color tones that are clean and soft to downplay the radical, horizontal lines of a modern design.
Angled off the back of the house to make optimum use of the sloped lot, this crisp white deck and patio with fire pit create a two-tier hub for outdoor living. The white hue blends with the home's rear facade so as not to stop the eye.
For a successful outdoor design, it's important to strike a balance between the hardscape and softscape. Here, the custom stacked stone fireplace is flanked with large flower-filled urns. Hedges and a lush lawn also soften the space.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.