From the back deck, the homeowners have sweeping views of the valley beyond. The formal garden is all about balance. Symmetrical flower beds full of grasses, flowers and trees flank the geometric courtyard, where a reflecting pool is the focal point.
A petite swimming pool features a fireplace at one end with limestone fireballs, as well as a pair of comfortable chaise longues for relaxation. The transitional courtyard with Gothic details also offers an outdoor kitchen complete with grill, sink and ample storage. Multiple seating areas allow the homeowners and their guests to relax in style.
A poolside open-air dining room, with fireplace, in this Point Lorna, California, villa demonstrates the refined comforts of a European county estate. Cushioned wicker chairs frame a formal dining table, while garden details spill inside, from a floral wreath over the hearth to a foyer stacked with planters.
The soft glow of interior lights brighten this sleek pool, which fits neatly in the courtyard of this contemporary home. A wall-size sliding door opens the master bedroom to the pool and courtyard, eliminating the divide between indoors and out.
The deck's unique construction organizes the outdoor spaces over several different levels, including a bridge over the pool. Pergolas offer shade for dining and sitting areas. The exterior is also dynamic with a mix of stone, wood and white stucco.
With its hedge border and mulberry tree shade, this courtyard could easily be part of a French villa. But instead, the home is located in Ojai, California. Sustainable landscaping is perfect for the drought-prone region.
The rear facade of this stunning Mediterranean-style home features myriad windows and terraces that overlook a sweeping, manicured back garden. Tiered courtyards step down to an elegant pool area, which offers multiple spots for perching, sunning and being entertained. Named The Beverly House, this 3.5-acre property is situated at the heart of Beverly Hills.
The extravagant courtyard features a Grecian style pool with water features splashing into the sides and connected to a hot tub. Large shrubs and trees act as privacy walls, while a dining area is covered by the second story patio. Comfortable lounge seating is poolside.
This lushly landscaped Florida courtyard is built for entertaining, with an immaculate pool, a hot tub and gorgeous views over an adjacent golf course. An expansive tropical lanai features western exposure, and it opens to the pool to allow for ease of indoor-outdoor living.
Entertain guests outdoors with this incredible space. The courtyard includes cushioned furniture for comfortable seating, a fire pit for those cooler evenings and an infinity edge pool for warm summer nights.
A courtyard-shaped back yard becomes an architectural fantasyland in this dazzling design which incorporates an infinity edge lap pool, hot tub, decorative spillways, concrete stepping pads and IPE decking with limestone.
This unique "cocktail pool" is flanked by two dramatic bronze fountain scuppers as well as a limestone fireplace. Custom pavers and painted brick walls are softened by warm landscape elements, including a pair of potted topiaries sculpted to mimic the Gothic lines of an arched door reached by custom iron stairs.