A high-pitched roof gives a family starry views from the outdoor porch of a rustic lake home in Georgia. Builder Mike Hammersmith came up with the double-sided fireplace with steel pocket doors that slide behind it. On nice days, the pocket doors can open and connect the living room with the porch.
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 wall of windows in this two-story great room allows views of the outdoor patio with fire pit. The open living space has a raw steel accent wall with wall-mounted TV and ribbon flame fireplace. A cozy shag area rug defines the seating area that features a cozy gray sectional and contemporary white chair.
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.
This five bedroom, five bathroom estate in Houston, TX, offers more than 7500 sq. ft. of charming, open concept design. In the living room, the space offers a calming neutral tone and flows naturally into the dining space and eat-in kitchen, with high ceilings and modern steel and glass doors lining the wall to the outdoor space.
This house, originally built in the 1880s, had been divided into four separate apartments. During its remodel, the main floor was reconfigured with an open concept floor plan that joins the kitchen, dining and living areas as well as an outdoor terrace.
The patio view from this midcentury modern home is stunning: A pool in the distance is lined with lounge chairs for sunning and surrounded by the endemic trees of the region for privacy. Near to the home, an outdoor dining table and living area provide ample space for entertaining, and a fire pit adds warmth and pizzazz.
As a personal retreat or for entertaining, the outdoor areas of this Arizona home offer an inspired living space. Framed by the mountain views and lush desert landscape, the double negative edged pool and spa are the perfect spot to relax. Flower beds inset into the patio offer color and life to the space.
This soft neutral living room features a gray armchair and sofa set paired with striped hourglass ottomans and a dark brown coffee table. A tall glass front cabinet sits next to a traditional white fireplace, while wall-to-wall windows flood the space with natural light. A single door provides access to the outdoor terrace.
On HGTV's "Color Splash," David Bromstad transformed this once lifeless backyard into a cozy outdoor getaway. The deck was replaced with lush grass and the tall fence was traded for a shorter wall, which does double duty as a bench. Privacy is maintained with living walls of tropical plants. Three glazed ceramic cubes create a unique table while weather-resistant fabrics add lively pops of red, orange, lime green and turquoise.
An indoor basketball court adds to a sweeping array of entertainment options in this luxury estate in College Grove, Tennessee. The party-ready house features six bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms and nearly 13,000 square feet of living space, along with a stunning outdoor entertainment area.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
Natural materials and a limited color palette create an understated and comfortable design in this contemporary living space. The spacious, open floor plan is kept cohesive with hardwood flooring and white walls throughout. A white sectional is decorated with green throw pillows, and pink orchids bring another pop of color and a touch of the outdoors.
Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
This sunny yellow living space features comfortable furniture that allows guests to enjoy watching the streamlined built-in TV. A ceiling fan is important for enjoying the setting, and it hangs from a coffered ceiling that adds rich architectural detail. Polished floors speak to the home's overall elegance while also adding function in the indoor-outdoor spaces.
Because the location of this home was on the side of a cliff overlooking the surrounding area, the designers wanted to emphasize the beautiful view. In doing so, they opened up the living room and kitchen, added several large windows to bring in the natural light and added a screened-in porch for comfortable outdoor seating.
This island styled home brings the outdoors in. The windows and glass doors are Low-e, an energy efficient because it reflects long-wave infrared energy, limiting solar heat that enters the home. This living space is mostly a neutral color palette, but has dashes of orange and green that further brightens up the space.
Part of a new addition to the back of the home that includes the master bedroom and master bath above, the lounge-worthy living room is located just two steps down from the kitchen and open dining room. This nice-sized space with tons of windows offers an ideal spot for entertaining and relaxing while enjoying outdoor views.