A board form concrete retaining wall transitions the site grade and creates a pocket facing the lake for an outdoor terrace.
One way to extend the outdoor season here in Vermont is to tuck outdoor spaces into recessed pockets. In this case, the concrete retaining wall provides protection from the wind as well as a solar heat mass to make the terrace warmer than it normally would be.
A white fence serves as a back wall to this outdoor living space. An area rug, plants and lots of pillows accessorize the space while dark wood outdoor furniture and a built-in white storage bench provide ample seating.
This Tuscan-themed outdoor living space was designed with a gorgeous tan brick and stone fireplace, luxurious wicker furniture seated around a marble coffee table, a skylight for sunny days and an ornate chandelier for romantic evenings.
A colorful striped area rug and patterned throw pillows add cheery pops of orange color to this outdoor living room. An outdoor kitchen surrounds the sitting area, while a nearby bench doubles as seating and storage.
Brick steps lead to the lower lawn, where the landscape architects created an outdoor living room complete with a bar, barbeque, two armchairs and fire pit. From here, the owners can sit back, relax and watch the sun set over the Pacific.
The outdoor living room is anchored by a large, double sided, white masonry fireplace that is a nod to the walls of the home and the retaining walls in the front and backyards. With luxurious, outdoor furniture, a television and a wood ceiling, this outdoor space is cozy, warm and welcoming-the perfect space for an outdoor gathering.
A bright and airy coastal outdoor living room offers a comfy seating area. The exposed wood ceiling sets the modern-rustic feel for the room which is continued with wicker furniture and reclaimed wood coffee table. A bright blue rug, a yellow light fixture and yellow-striped pillows add a fun pop of color to the space.
The family wanted a unique space for outdoor entertaining, so designers created a space that would function as an extension of the home's interior. A wood paneled ceiling and dark, wicker furniture bring a warm contrast to the neutral space, while the space's high arches let in plenty of natural light. In order to control the natural light during the day and keep bugs out at night, heavy curtains were hung so that the homeowners would be able to control the atmosphere of their space. To help the space remain usable during cooler weather, a fireplace was added to give off warmth when needed.
The rear side of a boxy, modern garage forms a unique platform for an outdoor living room. A modern fire pit and comfortable seating create a cozy spot to relax, and whimsical artwork mirrors the sky at night.
An outdoor living room features a mix of design elements, from the reclaimed woods on the coffee table and ceiling beams to the clean, contemporary lines of the woven and upholstered seating. The space is sited to take advantage of the sweeping coastal views, and it also opens to the indoors via a wide retractable glass wall that slides into a pocket door. Traditional lanterns light the space, giving a nod to the Mediterranean architecture.
This covered porch from the HGTV Dream Home 2012 provides ample space for entertaining. Sturdy, solid aluminum furnishings are paired with cushions covered in stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant performance fabric. The chocolate upholstery color complements the bold, graphic, all-weather area rug.