Deck design just keeps getting better and better, so it’s no surprise that 2016 brought us some of the best decks we’ve ever seen. Carefully sited, comfortably furnished, thoughtfully lit and sometimes even heated, these beautiful outdoor rooms are homeowners’ favorite spots to read, gather with friends, eat, tell campfire stories and more.
There’s nothing like the feeling of escaping to the garden after a hectic day at work. Sadly, many of us aren’t blessed with the opportunity to soak up the sun all year-round. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy outdoor living when temperatures tumble. Here are some top tips to help you make your garden more versatile and maximize the time you spend outdoors.
Just an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the suburbs turn into rolling hills lined with grapevines and the pace of life significantly slows down. Welcome to California’s wine country, where locals and visitors alike embrace a more casual lifestyle. Gardens are designed for outdoor living and farm-to-table eating with a laid-back Mediterranean countryside feel.
Screened-in porches are great when the weather’s nice. But once winter rolls around, these spaces often get left out in the cold. That is, unless a fire feature comes into play. Here, three cozy screened-in porches embrace flickering flames to brave the chill.
If you don’t have much outdoor space because you live in a dense urban area, don’t worry. There’s still plenty that you can do to maximize what you’ve got and make your garden “pop.” Take a look at some of these ideas for how to make the most of your situation. Fill It Up
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Green wall, living wall, vertical garden: There are a number of names for this genre of greenery in which walls come alive with vibrant plants. But as fabulous as many green walls look, they’re not always that easy to create or maintain at home. Here’s how some Houzz professionals in Australia have solved common green wall challenges.
In many places, fall is the best season to enjoy outdoor areas — not too cold, not too hot. But when the sun goes down, a little extra warmth is very welcomed. And nothing can beat the heat and ambience of an outdoor fireplace. These three modern outdoor spaces show you how to get your flame on.
A luxurious outdoor living space amidst the stunning desert surroundings Photo by William Lesch
Much like creating a lean closet, designing a successful small garden is primarily about editing. In a limited area, each element should add to the overall style and feeling of the garden. Whether you’re starting from scratch on your outdoor space or updating an existing garden, the dozens of decisions of what to add and what to leave out can feel overwhelming without a plan.
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A salty margarita while sitting poolside is about as good as it gets. If your pool is missing a bar, fear not, designing a poolside drink station can be a fun and creative endeavor but often requires some planning. If you’re seeking to upgrade your backyard with a bar for bonding and beverages, there are tons of ideas to consider.
Many people would spend long hours outdoors if they had comfortable seating and the right amenities. Still, few people outfit their homes exteriors with cozy indoor luxuries and opt instead for old wire furniture and plastic chairs. Stop keeping all the conveniences locked away inside and instead opt to decorate your backyard space like a second living room.
If your outdoor area is on the small side, use that as an asset to create an inviting outdoor retreat. With a few strategic choices to expand views, hide storage and maximize vertical surfaces, you’ll get the most out of every inch of your yard. These gardens all offer smart space-saving solutions and prove that less is often more.
The dog days of summer are upon us. With intense sunlight streaming over our gardens, we’re reminded of just how brutal August can be in the heat. The tricky part is that spots in the garden that are hot now may be less so at different times of the year. Good landscape design understands these seasonal aspects of the garden and plans accordingly.
Sectionals are beloved in family rooms and dens for their big, cushy comfort and versatility. Why not bring that laid-back vibe to your backyard too? This goes-anywhere piece has a lot to offer, from flexible party seating to indoor-outdoor living.
When the weather turns cooler, homeowners can continue to enjoy their outdoor living spaces by adding a heat source like a fire pit. There are a variety of types, including custom-made and pre-fab, but no matter what type you choose, remember to keep a few crucial safety tips in mi
Patio heaters are becoming a popular outdoor heating choice thanks to their large heat output—most models can heat from six to 20 feet in diameter—and ability to extend your outdoor entertaining season a few extra months or even year-round.
Have you ever wanted to roll a movie night and pool party into one? With the addition of an outdoor TV, you can have ultimate viewing experience in your own backyard.
On June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT, an extra second will be added to the clock to account for a discrepancy between Earth's rotation and the atomic clock. We’ll take every additional second of summer that we can get, right?
Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits continue to be popular design features in outdoor rooms, and for good reason: they provide a warm and inviting ambiance for outdoor gatherings, add a stunning focal point to the patio (even when not in use), offer additional lighting at night, and allow you to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor living well before summer arrives and long after it departs.
From glowing fire pits and fire bowls to blazing tiki torches and fire troughs, today’s talented pool builders and designers are incorporating a variety of fire features in their swimming pool designs.