Every outdoor retreat needs a few amenities, like a simple DIY bar. A bar like this is easy to stock whether you’re hosting yourself, family or a crowd, and it can also pull double duty as a privacy wall if you place it strategically. To decide other items you might want to include in your retreat, think about how you’ll use it. A meditation retreat calls for cushy pillows and zen-inspired stones, while a spot for an evening sip of wine needs only a comfy seat with wide arms.
A U-shaped outdoor bench with trellis-patterned cushions overlooks stunning views of the Arizona desert and mountains. In the middle of bench sits a long stone firepit, making this the perfect outdoor space for gathering with friends.
Blue lucite chairs, blue custom made cushions and blue mosaic pool tile are used to connect the area to the water and sky creating a real connection with the view. The spiral staircase connects the 2nd floor of the home to the outdoor pool area.
With beautiful views of the Dominican Republic coast, this comfortable and contemporary living space is the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoor setting. A half-circle sectional pairs with armchairs and nature-inspired coffee tables.
Enjoy the waterfront view from almost anywhere in this living and dining space. The water can be seen from the dining, kitchen and living room. This bight white walls and sliding glass doors gives this space a bight and open feel that makes the transition from the indoor to outdoor seamless.
This Cape Cod living room is layered with neutral colors, spinning a fresh take on coastal style. Dual glass doors open to reveal outdoor living areas, which expand the living room's square footage during warm-weather months.
This Bucktown, Chicago, hot tub retreat provides a serene space to relax amid the active city. The space features a new roof deck with ipe decking, concrete counters, a cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and a fire pit. Additional features include seating around the fire pit, sun loungers, a bar area and an outdoor refrigerator/freezer.
The Bucktown Hot Tub Retreat provides a serene space to relax amid the active city. The space features a new roof deck with ipe decking, concrete counters, cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and fire pit. Additional features include seating around the fire pit, sun loungers, bar area and outdoor refrigerator/freezer.
The best view of the water is in the spacious and comfortable outdoor living space. The outdoor living space is adjacent to the outdoor kitchen and dining, and provides direct access to the yard and private boat ramp.
A small, rooftop terrace provides the perfect place to take in the great outdoors. Terra-cotta pavers, Spanish tiles and stunning mountain views transport guests on a Mediterranean retreat. Potted herbs and shrubs enhance the Tuscan feel of the space. Design by Joan Grabel
A wall of windows in the great room open to create a seamless indoor to outdoor living space. The row of lounge chairs brings to mind a hotel deck and provide a relaxing place to unwind and take in the alpine views.
HGTV designers turned this large, austere side yard into a stunning outdoor living room with fabulous landscaping and a creative bench design. Bamboo trees planted around the perimeter add a feeling of privacy to this comfortable outdoor space.