The contemporary bathroom from Bath Crashers opens up to a grand shower with a spa deck flooring. A floating sink sits between open storage shelves and a tall, thin cabinet, while the space is grounded by a slate floor.
Adding one large plant can really warm up your patio or deck and help anchor an otherwise empty corner. Taller plants just have a way of helping delineate a space and make it feel more like an outdoor living room.
Another clever place to hide equipment is below your deck's staircase, the way Land Art Design did here. This hideaway functions as a tool shed that can handle taller equipment, and it doesn't take up any of your precious yard space.
Keep the elements in mind when designing for the outdoors. A large awning covers this deck to make the southern-exposed backyard more comfortable during the day, while a tall patinated copper water feature provides a soothing sound to block any outside noises. Plantings are layered to blend into the slope, allowing the property to feel larger.
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.
Every retreat needs some sort of screen or walls to provide a sense of privacy. If space is at a premium (think deck or balcony retreat), try a living wall planter or vines on a trellis to screen a space without gobbling real estate. A fence, lattice or hedge provides year-round privacy, while plantings may only shelter your retreat during the height of the growing season. This hideaway bench boasts industrial style that’s tucked behind a living screen of joe pye weed (Eutrochium) and tall maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis).
This home is located on a steeply sloping ridge top and is designed to sensitively step down with the land. The steep topography influenced the linear design as it hugs along a natural rock outcropping. The layout is perfectly harmonious to the land and sun, allowing the home to orient its long faces to the north and south while minimizing its east and west exposures.
Tall, north-facing window walls capture cool, even lighting throughout the day, while deep overhangs along the south protect from overexposure from the sun. The main roof sheds to the south, providing maximum solar collection potential. Decks and screened-in porches along the south face also provide areas for outdoor entertaining and a means to capture prevailing breezes that blow up from the canyons below.