The rear facade of this Brooklyn townhouse is painted all-black, a bold decision that lends drama to the traditional structure. A bricked terrace adds to the home's livable space, while a tall fence provides privacy.
The twilight view of this contemporary, beachfront house is as stunning as the Southern California landscape that surrounds it. On the rear facade, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors open this house to the outdoors and take maximum advantage of the ocean view.
A rolling, manicured lawn slopes to the waterfront at this luxurious Chapoquoit Island, Massachusetts, retreat. The Cape Cod-style home features shingle siding, lush landscaping, ample outdoor entertainment space and water views from every room.
During this colonial home's renovation, a screened porch was added to the rear elevation. The porch, which is connected to the family room by sliding French doors, features a sitting area, fireplace and dining area for 10. Both side yards — one housing the kids' play area and the other boasting an open terrace — are visible from the porch.
An exterior view of this modern home highlights its slender shape and large windows. The yard can be accessed on either side of the porch with concrete staircases. Orange chairs add a pop of color against the gray exterior.
A spiral staircase takes center stage on the rear facade of this two-level home. Two outdoor sofas flank a modern fire pit, bringing a pleasing symmetry to the space. The horizontal fencing elements create changing patterns across the patio as the sun makes its journey across the sky.
All of the main rooms on this neo-Georgian home's first floor are oriented toward the back of the house, with large French patio doors overlooking the pool and the garden. An oversized roofed porch attached to the family room wing has an outdoor fireplace, as do a second porch off the billiard room and a master bedroom balcony.
The rear facade of this Brooklyn brownstone features Ipe decking, stairs, windows and doors. It's absolutely charming and it reflects a perfect balance between the old and new with traditional touches.
This stunning four-level waterfront home features six bedrooms and 12,000 square feet of living space. A rear facade composed largely of windows offers homeowners and guests sweeping views across Long Island Sound.
With sleek, angular lines and a soaring roof, this lakefront home defines modern elegance. The home's rear facade is almost entirely made up of windows to showcase the site's most impressive feature — a gorgeous lake view.
The outdoor area of this modern home mimics the rear façade with clean lines, right angles and minimal distractions. A large sliding glass partition allows the interior space to join the back patio for easy entertaining.
A new rear facade with enlarged doors and windows adds life and increases the living space of this traditional Brooklyn brownstone home. A new deck off the second story provides a spot for outdoor dining while offering cover for the patio below.
The rear facade of this contemporary California ranch house is almost completely composed of glass, opening the home to its inviting outdoor view. A low wood deck extends the length of the house and leads to a pool surrounded in native stone.
With all the windows in the home's rear facade plenty of natural light gets in during the day, while also allowing the homeowners to have a beautiful view of the lake. At night, the windows allow the home's artificial light ouside, giving it a glowing, elegant appearance
Angled off the back of the house to make optimum use of the sloped lot, this crisp white deck and patio with fire pit create a two-tier hub for outdoor living. The white hue blends with the home's rear facade so as not to stop the eye.