Photo By: Harold Leidner Company Landscape Architects
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Take the architectural route to your fire pit area with sculptural furniture, minimal decor and a contemporary chiminea. To create a focal point and ground the space, opt for a tall chiminea standing at least five feet.
Wanting a space where they could enjoy lunch with the kids and host dinner parties in the evening, the homeowners asked the Barbour Spangle Design to transform their plain patio into a versatile eating area. Thus, a rustic wood table with six chairs centers the space, with a light gray floor to protect bare feet on sunny days.
Wanting the light to be subtle yet functional, the C&H Landscaping team used LEDs to showcase specific focal points, like the water fountain. Better still, the owners can change the colors of the lights at will.
The key to making outdoor spaces feel warm and welcoming is layering them like indoor spaces. Any time you plan a space, large or small, try to incorporate low-maintenance plants and potted flowers into the mix along with carefree rugs that add color, pattern and texture.
The most effective way to use any outdoor area maximally is with perimeter seating. Here, a modular sectional sofa is configured to conform to a corner of this welcoming courtyard, putting every square inch of the area to use. For optional flexibility, consider sectional sofas without arms since the armless modules can also be added to elongate a straight-lined sofa.
This covered porch from the HGTV Dream Home 2012 provides ample space for entertaining. Sturdy, solid aluminum furnishings are paired with cushions covered in stain-, mold- and mildew-resistant performance fabric. The chocolate upholstery color complements the bold, graphic, all-weather area rug.
What a peaceful place to enjoy some company. This outdoor design includes a small sitting area with rocking chairs and a fire pit. A koi pond runs directly beside the sitting space to contribute to the tranquil setting.
Looking out from the upper deck allows visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the plains and mountains. By keeping the pavilion and deck within the same neutral palette, the TLC Gardens team ensured that this outdoor space stayed true to its surroundings.
Brick-Enclosed Patio with Gas Grill and Sitting Area
Weather is rarely an issue with this covered patio that features a comfy seating area in wicker and a large gas grill with range hood. This space projects an upscale look, but with its brick walls and floor, it is low maintenance and durable, providing for many months of outdoor enjoyment.