A brick wall with a built-in fire pit makes this outdoor space feel sleek and sophisticated. During the day, the pergola provides shade from the sun, but at night, the fire pit promises to keep the owners and their friends warm.
When building an outdoor space, include a conversation area in a "U" or "O" shape anchored by a fireplace, suggests designer Brian Thompson of Thompson Custom Homes. For this outdoor living room, he paired distressed wood beams with muted brick walls for a casual, weathered look.
This outdoor space makes use of multiple levels to create areas for relaxing, entertaining and playing. Up top, a cafe table sits on the tile patio. Down below, a basketball hoop awaits the weekend game.
Plants provide a soft texture against the vast amount of hardscape materials. On the large brick wall to the right, an espaliered vine creates a unique focal point and helps emphasize the overall formal and traditional design of this poolscape.
A transitional living room is softened by large comfortable seating and a lush Flokati rug. Giant windows bring the outdoors in, and the fireplace brings an added warmth and central focus to the space. A zebra-print chair is a punchy addition, and the TV makes this space an all-around perfect living space.
A wood pergola adds warmth and cover over the concrete floor and cement brick wall of this patio space. The wood matches the fence lining the perimeter of the yard. Outdoor lighting illuminates the bright, white exterior making it pop agains the natural surroundings and wood details.
A mix of colorful exterior stone brings natural decoration to the gorgeous exterior of this home. A neutral brick driveway branches to the garages and the arched entryway. Outdoor sconces and a lighted covered front porch keeps the space well lit in the low evening light.
An exposed brick fireplace fills one wall in this traditional living room that features two cream chairs, a matching ottoman and two paisley stools. Two framed paintings of autumnal outdoor scenes on the wall pick up on the color of the brick to further warm up the space.