With a custom spa, swimming pool, water slide and covered terrace, this backyard in Alpine, Utah has something for the whole family to enjoy. Whether they're sunbathing or swimming, the owners will love soaking up the mountain views, too.
The homeowners wanted an outdoor space they could use for entertaining throughout the day, so designers proposed situating the space on a covered patio to provide protection from the daytime sunlight. At night, extra lighting is put in place around the space so that it can be used throughout the day and into the evening.
A wide covered porch with lighting and comfortable furnitures gives this home an outdoor retreat that's usable all day and into the night. The daybed features a movable acrylic panel that can be used to prop up pillows in lots of different configurations.
Beyond the covered patio, a wall completely opens, bridging the gap between indoors and out at this contemporary California hacienda. Walls throughout are white and furnishings are neutral, creating an overall effect that is crisp, clean and modern. Terraces and patios allow maximum enjoyment of the entertainment-ready backyard.
Oversized leather dining chairs trimmed with nail heads grounds this open, airy living room inside a Spanish colonial-style villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Diners can enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean through the sliding glass doors, which open to reveal a covered terrace.
Terraced outdoor space makes the most use of the mountainside location of this Phoenix home. A soaking pool and pool deck are located just below the home's covered walkway and infinity hot tub. Steps lit from beneath by LED lighting appear to float beneath the cantilevered second-story addition to the home.
A two-side fireplace services both this multifunctional outdoor terrace and an indoor game room in this luxurious Tennessee home. On the terrace, a wood plank ceiling warms up the space, while separate lounging and dining areas create the ultimate spot for entertaining.
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.
The garden courtyard terrace of this Point Lorna, California, villa home is made more secluded by the use of topiary, as the branches of a lemon tree frame a side entrance. Through the branches lies a pair of cushioned wicker sofas centered under a covered archway and facing a swimming pool lined with verdant shrubbery.
The garden courtyard and swimming pool of this Point Lorna, California, two-story villa home basks in solar powered lighting which spills out from archways furnished with topiary accents. The warm lighting is anchored by a covered terrace fireplace reflected in the still water. Alongside the pool, neutral furnishings like wicker sofas and cushioned chaise longues dominate the landscape.
This 7500 sq. ft. Houston, TX, home features a pergola-covered pathway that leads to a separate pool house along the landscaped lawn and terrace. Stones outline the landscaping, creating an alternate pathway through mature trees.
Fieldstone clads the lower levels of this four-story Old Greenwich, Conn., home built in 1895. The home is situated to enjoy a sweeping lawn and breathtaking seascapes with open and covered waterfront terraces and porches.
The focal point of the great room is a rammed earth wall, which is 60 feet long 3 feet thick. The wall is complete with natural striations that not only serve as a beautiful piece of art but also as an energy-efficient thermal mass system that prevents heat from penetrating interior spaces. This wall extends to the covered exterior terrace, creating a feeling of the outside living within. The transparent sliding walls of glass work in sync with the infinity-edge pool, allowing the house to breathe as the wind is gently drawn across the water and into the living space.