Outdoor Living 584 Stories

Simple Pleasures: 9 Ways to Get Cozy Outside This Fall
Crisp mornings, colorful foliage and the urge to squeeze the most out of waning daylight hours add up to a bundle of good reasons to enjoy your outdoor rooms and spaces this fall. From outdoor dinner parties to s'mores around the fire pit, the following...
How to Give Your Garden More Soul
I don't want to start an argument, but that's inevitable when you talk about the subject of soul, especially in music. Marvin Gaye, of course, had soul. Robin Thicke doesn't. What's a soulful garden? It's expressive of you and your family. It's authentic,...
3-Season Rooms: Open-Air Living in a Guest Cottage Pavilion
When creating a guesthouse, the golden rule applies: Create a space where you'd love to spend time yourself. "This homeowner loves to head back to the pavilion with a glass of wine and a book," says architect Heather Young. "The space just draws people...
Is It Time to Consider Fake Grass?
Fake grass, you say? Don't scoff. Synthetic turf is moving beyond football fields and golf courses to become more common in home landscapes. I'll show you how this material can make sense in many home applications and even solve some landscaping problems...
7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard
Details, details, details. You can have the best design and great ideas, but if the project doesn't include some important finishing touches, it may fall flat. That goes for the outside of your house as well as the inside. And when you're talking about...
See a Fairway-Side Pool House That Goes With the Flow
Los Gatos, California, enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. The only precipitation that worried one local family was the kind stamped with "Titleist" — falling golf balls are a common hazard when you live next door to a golf course. So...
3-Season Rooms: Fire Warms a Pergola-Covered Pennsylvania Patio
“There was an awful acrylic hot tub here and a big retaining wall, and that was about it," says Robert Nonemaker, landscape designer and owner of The Outerspaces Group. To make better use of the...
Wonderful Ways to Hang Outdoor Curtains
Hanging outdoor curtains can be a quick and budget-friendly way to create a well-styled outdoor space. This outdoor accessory has become very popular and can be purchased at most major home decor retailers. But there's more to a stylish look than picking...
A 1920s Grill Inspires a Patinated Patio
This new patio next to an estate's carriage house is full of unique character; features include a vintage stone grill, a custom trellis and a table crafted from a salvaged balcony railing. Starting from a blank slate, landscape designer Susan Cohan created...
Why Is There a Bathtub in the Backyard?
We've explored plenty of outdoor showers on Houzz, but people are also adding outdoor bathtubs. Eschewing the 1980s party hot tub, they're settling...
Patio of the Week: Keep a Secret Garden on the Side
“The side yard of a home is often overlooked, abandoned in favor of the heavily used front and back yards, but that is what is so great about them — they have the perfect potential to become quiet getaways within a home's landscape," says garden...
Patio Life: Step Right Outside
Creating a near-seamless transition from indoors to out requires a few things. First you'll want a big wall of glass doors that creates a visual transparency...
6 Patio Cover Types to Shade You in Style
Most of us love that casual, barefoot, inside-outside lifestyle that big windows and doors and a patio or deck can provide. And for much of the year, a wonderful outdoor space connected to a home makes for a terrific living area. But when it's...
How to Pick a Nice Wall for Your Garden Room
Read almost any landscape design book and you’ll find the term “garden room.” That’s because designers look at the garden as an extension of the house — as a stage for living. And just like in a house, walls are one of the key elements defining...
Take Back Your Front Yard: 8 Ways to Make It Social
Many of us are used to having backyard gathering spaces for family parties, cookouts and cocktails with friends — but why relegate all of your gathering areas to behind your home? Whether you have sprawling acreage or a more efficient townhouse, your...
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