The elevated, diagonal ridge beam that projects out on the leading edge of the wooden structure posed a challenge for the design team. Custom steel connections and careful planning made the outdoor layout successful in creating a cozy lounge for the homeowners and their guests to enjoy.
The ceiling over this covered outdoor living room features dark wood exposed beams that create a bold contrast against the light neutral structure. Floral slip covered sofas, a wood book cabinet and stone surrounded fireplace make up one cozy room. The space moves smoothly into another living space closer to the open outdoor wall.
Heavy wood beams form a pergola that is architectural in nature -- an extension of the San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, home's structure rather than an add-on. The structure shades the seating area from the hot Mexican sun while creating an easy transition between the indoor living spaces and outdoor ones.
A unique wood and metal sideboard stores drinks and serves the dining space of this colorful and eclectic courtyard. A wood structure that surrounds the space is lined with metal mesh that filters light and screens the outdoor room from surrounding houses. Lush plantings bring the courtyard to life.
A comfortably appointed outdoor lounge area is framed by an overhead structure clad in a dark ipe wood. The covered area protects four, fifty-inch televisions which are the focal point for this space. Contemporary outdoor sofas provide a viewing area and Norstone veneer covers the walls to create a cohesive design.
The Matsumotos wanted an outdoor dining area on a covered porch. The tin ceiling was made from the repurposed metal roof from the home's original structure. A hanging planter was fashioned from an old wooden box salvaged from inside the old house.
Bluestone patio, a cedar roof structure, and all natural veneer and wall stone create an elegant, contemporary outdoor living and dining space with a rustic charm. A long light fixture compliments the long wooden dining table. Wood chairs with neutral seat cushions line the table and a trio of lanterns create a simple centerpiece decor.
All natural venner and wall stone form an outdoor living room under a cedar roof structure and LED lighting. Wicker arm chairs and a matching sofa surround a wooden coffee table facing the arched fireplace and mounted television. Neutral cushions are accented with green throw pillows.
Some of Chip Wade's outdoor landscaping tips cost nothing. If you have plants in containers, place them close to the house to bring landscaping up to the structure itself. The wood pergola behind which will eventually be covered with climbing hydrangea is another way to integrate architecture and landscape.
Wood ceiling beams add warmth to the natural tones in this spacious living room design. Natural light floods in from large windows and a sliding glass door connected the room to the gorgeous lake view outdoors. Stacked stone surrounds the fireplace creating a large, textural fireplace surround structure.
A glamorous neutral transitional yurt was outfitted with suspended custom canvas fabrics which act as walls and offer privacy and protection from the elements, making for a comfortable outdoor retreat. A washstand was made from reclaimed wood, while the structure also has one shower and plenty of storage.
In the landscape design of this farm, a series of outdoor rooms were laid out in a close-knit group, connected by cobblestone and flagstone paths. Wood rescued from a run-down barn on the property was used to build the structures and fencing.
The crisp palette of charcoal grey and white sets the scene for this modern backyard. A new steel and wood structure was designed as an extension of the existing shed. The outdoor space houses a stone fire pit and TV on the upper level and the outdoor kitchen on the lower level. Pool Environments of Texas won an Association of Pool & Spa Professionals award for the project.
This outdoor kitchen is party-ready and comes complete with stainless steel appliances, a sink and even a beer tap. The L-shaped concrete counter provides ample space for cooking, and a mobile island offers both seating and additional room for spreading out party supplies. A glass and wood structure shelters the space and creates a backsplash.
The wooden deck and stairs were problematic for the homeowners in terms of maintenance and also entertaining. So, it was replaced by a new stained concrete deck featuring steel railing and supporting columns to coordinate with other site elements. Designer Heather Garrett and her team increased the deck's footprint by a few feet to allow for additional seating and a convenient grilling space right off of the main living area. The new structure was designed to keep rain out of the patio below, so Garrett and her team seized the opportunity to improve the ground-level patio space by adding motorized screens, five ceiling fans, wood storage for the fire pit and an outdoor television. The aging patio slab was replaced by a new contemporary paver system and its footprint was enlarged to create more area for lounging.