With its wall of glass, this mod coastal sitting room feels almost suspended over the water. Mid-Century Modern furnishings create a cozy seating area with views of the outdoor dining room and the wide expanse of water beyond. A modern light fixture draws the eye without distracting from the spectacular view.
You don’t need a lot of space to create a multifunctional outdoor living area. Here, designer Lisa Aiken packed a pair of lounge chairs with quick-dry seats, and a high-top bistro table with stool seating for four onto a compact rooftop terrace. “The high table lets diners overlook the beach,” says Aiken.
That gorgeous bluestone continues into the backyard, where an intimate dining area and swimming pool give the owners room to unwind. With lush greenery all around, this outdoor space is easily a sweet escape from the city.
Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado
Beautiful hand-cut travertine tile mosaic decorates the floor of this stunning pool while strong, geometric pillars and arches convey a Romanesque aesthetic within this Mediterranean patio area. A circular sunshelf provides a luxurious way to enter the pool. Following the line of warming fire bowls, the patio features an infinity spa and outdoor kitchen and dining space.
This spacious outdoor patio features a wood paneled overhang, providing a bit of shade during the day and lighting at night. Concrete steps and gravel landscaping complete the look of the area, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows allow for a peek at the interior spaces, including the living and dining rooms.
One of the major design components of this outdoor design is the grand and majestic cabana that encompasses multiple functions and areas of luxury retreat. Included under the roof of the cabana is a large dining room, an opulent cook center and a quaint fireplace room with optimum views of the ocean and coastline.
Jetted water features adorn this sleek swimming pool, part of a backyard oasis adjoining this contemporary California hacienda. A poolhouse provides indoor space to enjoy the outdoor view, and a wide covered patio offers a great spot for dining al fresco. A retractable wall between the patio and living area blurs the line between indoors and out.
A huge umbrella stretches out over this lounge area featuring a pair of brown wicker chairs with neutral cushions. Navy blue and red throw pillows add a touch of color to the relaxing space. Connected to the patio are a covered outdoor dining space and the beautiful backyard with glass retaining wall.
Designers at Mark Scott and Associates created a special area adjacent to the house and swimming pool featuring a rustic pergola and greenery that harmonize with the outdoor scene, yet add dimension and texture with their presence. A stone walkway leads from the backyard to a dining table and grill for easy access.
The Mediterranean home seamlessly blends the indoors and out to create a space that's both family friendly and great for entertaining. An outdoor dining spot is shaded by a deep blue umbrella, while cozy seating areas are space throughout the patio. Speakers hidden behind the Japanese maple trees softly fill the air with music, while smart landscaping provides privacy.
The homeowners wanted to create effortless entertaining space in the kitchen and easy access between the kitchen and the outdoor entertaining space, so designers created an island that runs the length of the kitchen. This island is complete with a breakfast bar that offers the home a casual dining option, while just behind it, a large, sliding glass door creates seamless transitioning between the two spaces and allowing the homeowners the choice between opening the doors for one large, indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces or two separate areas.
Not only is this home a feast for the eyes outdoors, but also the elegance and charm of its modern furnishings inside create a sense of particular beauty and allure. The open plan accommodates a living room, dining area and kitchen, all done in subtle color tones by TriplePoint Design Build, so not to conflict with the more vivid colors seen from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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.
As you enter this Washington home, you can feel the fluidity of the entire space-from outdoors all the way in. The seamless window above the kitchen sink allows outward onlooker a small peek of the simple elegance that exists inside. The door that opens into the dining area gives a clear vies of the entire open plan first floor, making the whole space, even from the outside, feel connected.