Expansive Stone Patio, Swimming Pool Enjoy Warm Southern California Sunshine
This expansive stone patio, swimming pool and lounge chairs outside a Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., estate enjoy the warm southern California sunshine. For chillier weather, a solar blanket is available to cover the pool at night to keep the water warm.
This patio feels more like a courtyard, surrounded as it is on two sides by the house. Checkerboard grass-and-paver "flooring" gives the sense an outdoor room, while the fire pit provides warmth and a gathering spot on cool evenings.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs. The fire pit adds a warm space to gather in the evenings.
Fall is the time to plant flowering bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips, as well as perennials, trees and shrubs, according to the National Association of Landscape Professionals. The warm soil is great for root development, and plants have several months to establish themselves before the stress of the summer heat.
Stepping onto the back patio reveals a spacious outdoor sitting area. Here, guests can lounge on any of the weatherproof benches or warm up by the fire pit after a day of swimming. Recessed lighting overhead illuminates the space for use in the evening as well.
With a fire pit on your patio, you’ll want to spend time outside even as temperatures grow chilly. Just imagine roasting hot dogs or s’mores as you cozy up to the blazing warmth. Columbus, Ohio’s Hidden Creek Landscaping built this one to blend in with the house’s Tennessee flagstone.
Grand Home Back Yard Exterior With Columned Balcony, Warm Lighting and Circular Stone Patio Framed By Tropical Trees
Tropical trees and long grass create mirrored gardens framing the backyard patio. A fountain is centered in the circular stone open-air patio with lounge chairs placed on either side for a tranquil sitting area. Glowing exterior light highlights the house including the second story columned balcony.
Stone Patio With Pool, Lounge Chairs and Gazebo at Twilight
Blue evening light accentuates the blue of the swimming pool in this stylish backyard. Warm light from the gazebo catches the eye. White cushions on the wood lounge chairs add touches of bright color in the cool setting.
Nighttime View of Luxurious Tropical Swimming Pool With Waterfall Embellishments and Stone Tile Patio
The nighttime setting shows off the warm glow of the landscape and underwater lighting. Waterfall features within the pool are decorated with small neutral tiling. Palm trees add a rich natural green hue to the yard.
Majestic Dallas Mansion Casts Warm Glow Over Gardens
A low-level stone wall separates the patio from the formal gardens, making each space feel a bit more intimate. Once the sun goes down, the mansion practically glows from within and has an enchanting effect on this outdoor space.