Architects designed this modern home so that the entire structure has either access to or a view of the patio and swimming pool, creating a unique, inclusive design. On the first floor, large glass doors and tons of windows allow direct access to the back patio and backyard, while the second floor bedrooms are given a clear view of the spaces at the rear of the home.
This modern red home features a curved black railing on the second floor deck. The first-floor patio includes a fire pit and an outdoor dining area. At upper left is an outdoor rain room, which allows residents to enjoy infrequent San Diego rains without getting wet.
Charleston is a city famous for its gracious porches and Gregg has two, in addition to a lovely first floor covered patio at her home's entrance. This one features more practical vinyl upholstery and plenty of rattan and wood for a casual, coastal vibe.
This contemporary, West Coast residence has a beautiful open design and modern decor. A short glass wall provides a balcony overlook from the second floor to the first where a long light fixture hangs as a decorative eye-catcher. The second story features a living room area with gray leather sofa, an eclipse door leading to an outdoor patio and a dining area in front of a built in fireplace.
In three compact floors, this cute beach house in Surfside, Calif., packs in everything you need for a posh getaway: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, patios directly on the beach and amazing ocean views.
Along the back of the house, a concrete patio blends gracefully into the grassy backyard that features views of San Diego's Mission Bay and Pacific Beach. An aluminum trellis decorates both the first and second floors.
The home's front door opens into a neutral foyer. On one side, a staircase allows passage to the home's upper floors, while the other side is a clear path to the back patio. Several doors open off the hallway to allow access to other rooms on the first floor.
With an easy open floor plan, white palette and doors that open out onto the adjacent patio, the living room feels as light as air and super chic, too. Mirrored wall panels do the neat trick of visually doubling the space.
From the back of this French country home every room on this side of the home has a brilliant view of the pool. The upper-level guest rooms each have their own private Juliet balcony, while the master suite extends into its own private second-floor patio. From the first floor, all the private spaces have pool access, and a downstairs patio provides the homeowners with the perfect place for entertaining next to the pool.
Rooms on the second floor of this French country estate all have a view of the pool from their private Juliet balconies. These balconies are covered by overhangs that match the terra-cotta tile roof. From the first floor, large French doors lead out of the common spaces onto the back patio and landscaped concrete pad around the pool.
In the center of the first floor of this Marrakech, Morocco, mansion is a beautiful courtyard. Black-and-white checkered tile is used as the patio, while a swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs. Trees and other plantings bring a lushness to the space.
It’s hard to imagine now, but this charming living space was once an unassuming commercial garage. To make the most of the compact, 1,260-square-foot space (including an upstairs loft area), Frazier Associates minimized the number of walls within. Exposed brick walls and concrete flooring on the first floor were retained and a new staircase, crafted of reclaimed wood and metal railing, was designed for access to the second floor. "Providing more natural light was the biggest design challenge," say the designers. "A new recessed patio was designed behind the historic garage doors to allow for more light on the first floor, as well as to create a front entrance and a small exterior seating area."
All of the main rooms on this neo-Georgian home's first floor are oriented toward the back of the house, with large French patio doors overlooking the pool and the garden. An oversized roofed porch attached to the family room wing has an outdoor fireplace, as do a second porch off the billiard room and a master bedroom balcony.