This porch was built around the existing oak trees, and the ceiling cutouts allow their branches to keep growing healthy and strong. Black wicker chairs with matching ottomans provide a comfy place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, while a large window from the home office invites fresh air indoors.
A clean-lined swimming pool features a striking border of octagonal marble tile, its gray complementing the home's modern exterior. Retractable walls open the indoor spaces to the outside, creating an easy flow for both entertaining and everyday living. The pool and patio area's design incorporates a small green space with a tree that provides both character and shade.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
This home in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, opens up to the backyard, creating an easy flow between the home's interior and exterior living space. The back patio leads to a pristine pool, built around an existing tree which appears to float on the water's surface.
In the middle of this Austin, Texas lot stands a live oak tree. Instead of tearing it down, designers decided to incorporate it into the design of the house, allowing it to be a focal point for the construction of this home. To include it as part of the living space, designers built a deck around the tree, giving shade to the house and the sitting area that rests around the tree's trunk.
Black wicker furnishings with matching cushions provide a comfy place to sit on this modern porch. The porch was built around the existing oak trees, and the ceiling cutouts allow their branches to keep growing healthy and strong.
To preserve this gracious tree, the design inspiration for the home, the split-level deck was built directly around it. The lower deck is almost as large as the upper one, and it is shady and cool all day.
This farmhouse, built in the 1800s, sits just off of Main Street in a town outside of the Catskill Mountains. With tall trees and green pastures all around, the country home looks charming even at a distance.
This lavish backyard features a swimming pool with built-in waterfall feature and a fire pit area. Stone tile flooring surrounds the pool for a spacious feel within the bordering palm trees and tropical plant life. Lounge chairs offer poolside seating, and wicker chairs are placed around the fire pit.
This contemporary poolside patio is made up of large rectangular concrete slabs separated by narrow strips of grass. The patio features an outdoor kitchen with eat-in bar as well as a sitting area with built-in fire pit. A white fence provides a measure of privacy, as do the attractive tropical trees and plants around the perimeter.