A small patch of grass defines the tanning area next to the pool. The contemporary pergola covers a hardwood patio that sits just outside the formal sitting room, creating a fluid indoor-outdoor living space.
A contemporary outdoor kitchen adds to the convenience and luxury of this California home's backyard retreat. Lighted steps lead down to a lakeside seating area, and various tiers and terraces include spots for lounging, dining and swimming in the infinity-edge pool.
The HGTV Green Home 2011's front patio, clad in permeable pavers and buffered by conifers, offers a cozy conversation area. An outdoor gas fireplace, faced in thin-set brick, provides both warmth and ambiance. Emerald green arborvitae surround this patio, providing privacy and shade.