This small, modern outdoor space creates a focal point around a spinning wicker coffee table that functions perfectly for serving guests. Comfortable outdoor furniture and a fireplace tucked inside a pergola outfitted with floor-to-ceiling curtains add to the inside-while-outside feel.
When millennials design a community, outdoor spaces are key. Diana Gruberg and Chunlan Zeng, as UPenn students, designed a settlement for the Navajo Nation, complete with an outdoor plaza and hydroponic farm. The project was a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Colorful Plexiglass panels add flair to this urban rooftop outdoor room. A large dining table shaded by an umbrella provides space for eating and entertaining. Patio chairs in a nearby area provide space for relaxing.
White-washed exposed beams bring a farmhouse-style aesthetic to a covered outdoor kitchen by Taylor Morrison in California. The kitchen features natural stone flooring with pebble accents, and a built-in, stainless steel grill.
The Schroeders wanted a place to play and be creative together, so Chip Wade and his team from Elbow Room answered the family's requests. He created gardens throughout the space so that the family could spend time together in nature. The crew also included aspects that the family enjoys, such as a chicken coop, a hammock, a fire pit and an art studio.
This aerial photograph shows the exquisitely landscaped gravel and concrete pathway that leads from the upper house to the lower outdoor spaces. The elegant outdoor spaces include a small pool with a flagstone patio and walkway that leads to a multi-functional outdoor entertaining space.
Cool blue landscape lighting makes the natural-inspired waterfall a striking focal point both night and day. Lighting under the steps creates a chic look, while also helping guide everyone through the outdoor space.
With an eat-in counter, sitting area and fire pit, this outdoor space can easily accommodate large parties and more intimate gatherings. Keeping the furniture within a black-and-white palette ensures that everything matches.
With views of historic homes and Spanish moss, this little outdoor space fully embraces its idyllic surroundings. A green area rug softens the deck, while two wicker chairs invite the owners to sit and share a glass of wine at sunset.