The fountain in the middle of the patio serves as a focal point for all of the separate outdoor living and dining areas and is visible from multiple rooms inside the home. The sound of running water creates a soothing white noise. A cedar wall trellis fills a blank wall in between banks of windows and doors.
The palette for the house was inspired by the backyard pool which is visible from the front door as you enter the home. We used a subtle shade of blue on the ceiling to connect the kitchen/breakfast/family room area to establish continuity between the interior and the outdoors. The white walls and cabinetry are perfect backdrops for the lush green views outside the kitchen windows and the geometric upholstery that brings our blue theme down to eye level.
A bold fire engine red front door opens to the home's welcoming entry with mudroom area. Hooks on the wall for hanging outdoor items like coats, jackets and umbrellas and a custom built-in bench that provides a spot to change shoes make the entry organized and user-friendly. Removing walls and enlarging an existing narrow hallway that cut the entry off from surrounding spaces really opened things up and improved flow in this first floor of the home.
The color palette and fabric patterns of the patio coordinate with the interior spaces of the home. A clean, simple concrete fire pit bowl sits in the center of comfortable outdoor furniture, perfect for summer nights. The fire pit can be easily moved to the side when room for a dance floor is needed. Lots of potted plants in overscaled ceramic containers surround the area, helping to further define the space.
The local flowers and plants that line the walkway to the front door add color and texture to the front yard. The outdoor spaces of the home are equipped with smart technology that monitors the weather and conditions in the area, with an irrigation controller that uses real-time weather data to automate watering and allow the user to turn on the sprinklers through a smart phone.
This cozy courtyard combines fairy tale charm with first-class function. Says the design team, "every detail is finely crafted and proportionally scaled to welcome a robust party or intimate gathering." An outdoor kitchen features a grill, sink and refrigerator, as well as cabinetry for storage and ample countertop space for prep work. Multiple seating areas create cozy gathering spots throughout the courtyard, while lights strung above add festive ambiance.
A new classical order was introduced to the existing disorganized and dysfunctional backyard of this La Jolla home. the garden's new black bottom pool with its mirror-like surface becomes the central focal point and entertainment space. intimate seating areas ,raised vegetable beds, along with a bocci and tennis court were organized with the use of thick stone walls and linear garden paths. mature specimen trees were preserved and laced to create a timeless feeling for this outdoor oasis.
Before committing to an outdoor coffee table for your porch, patio or courtyard, think about investing in something that can serve multiple functions and float around for use in several areas. A grouping of three concrete occasional tables ranging in shape, height, finish and color adds a sculptural touch and also allows guests to have their own individual surfaces to put down drinks and plates.
Color on the base of one of a pair of facing islands echoes the hue of the bold backsplash in this otherwise neutral kitchen. The open-concept space features a cozy breakfast nook tucked into a corner surrounded by windows, ushering in loads of natural light. In the adjoining living space, a retractable glass wall opens to bridge the home's indoor and outdoor spaces. Hardwood floors warm up the white kitchen and provide continuity throughout the kitchen and living area.
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.
Sometimes the best spot for your outdoor retreat is a sun-splashed area. If you’ll be enjoying your retreat during the day, even if it’s only on weekends, it’s worth investing in some kind of shade. A simple patio umbrella can cast enough shade for a table and chairs, or consider adding an awning to your home to shade a greater area. Other options for creating a cooling pool of shade include a permanent structure, like a pergola (add vines for color) or gazebo. For a portable shade option, check out pop-up canopy designs. You can also use a temporary canopy to help you determine where you might want to add a more permanent structure in future.
This 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival residence was rehabilitated and an addition added to create livable family areas, master bedroom suite, better indoor-outdoor living and an artist’s studio. To reinforce the Spanish Colonial design style, deep archways, Malibu tile, wrought iron and stain glass details are incorporated. The additions were placed on the back of the home to maintain the home's historic character curb appeal.
The lower level of this home, replete with glass doors and windows, opens conveniently onto the pool area, which serves as the perfect place to play as a family or with friends. The ease of access between the two spaces allows for a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. The second floor of this home has an elegant balcony that allows homeowners to overlook the pool and their view, so that they can be a part of the excitement without being in the middle of it.
When specifying upholstery for a beachfront house belonging to an active family, designers Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey of Burnham Design opted to cover all the furniture in indoor-outdoor fabric. "Every piece is done in Sunbrella fabric — even the pillows and the custom area rug underneath. Outdoor fabric was the perfect choice for this room, which is "command central" for TV-watching and game playing.” And, they note, “In terms of the furniture plan, sometimes it’s dramatic to do fewer pieces and keep the scale large of each and bold; that’s the case here. We selected the largest sectional we could fit in the space and made sure it was super deep and comfy. We paired it with a large upholstered ottoman, which serves double duty as a coffee table and great place for everyone to kick up their feet.”
A square modern fire pit was key amenity when Grounded Modern Landscape Architecture captured as much useable outdoor living space as possible in a coastal California home. The odd-shaped area was challenging but the result shows a creative design for a small space. Grounded won a San Diego chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects award for the project.
Designers wanted to make sure the family had plenty of fun spaces to hang out together, so they added this fun, bright bar area. Textured wallpaper and rich wood combine with the natural light of the large windows to bring a funky, outdoor feel right into the interior space. To add even more eclectic color, designers hung bright wall plates and covered the barstools with bold fabrics to ensure that the family could enjoy this colorful space in style and comfort.
The backyard showcases a beautiful modern swimming pool, with an infinity edge and spillway, stairs leading up to a higher patio seating area and an adjacent cabana space. To match the color palette and tone of the rest of the home, natural hues were used with variations of grays. The infinity edge pool gives a modern design, a palm tree was shipped in from Miami to give a tropical summer feel while flowerbeds were layered with tons of texture and color to complement the outdoor space.
If you can’t incorporate a whole wall of glass, think smaller. “There are many areas in the home that would benefit from the features of a folding wall system, but may not have space to accommodate such a large opening. JELD-WEN® Custom wood folding windows offer the same advantages of a folding wall system — increased natural light, easy access to the outdoors for entertaining, gorgeous views — in any room of the home,” says Jim Parello, Vice President of Marketing for JELD-WEN.