Patios 132 Ideabooks

The owner of this Old Metairie, Louisiana, home had had a particularly rough year and, after taking some much-needed time off in Mexico, she decided she wanted her home to make her feel like she was on a permanent vacation. She hired Mullin...
Find the Right Glass Door for Your Patio
The large glass patio door hasn't been around for very long. It took modern manufacturing techniques to make it affordable. But what was once the province of the wealthy and aristocratic is now available in a wide variety of styles for every home. From...
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...
20 Sublime Outdoor Havens
Having an outdoor room is like getting to have your cake and eat it too. Furnishing a protected outdoor space — whether that's a covered terrace, a pavilion, a loggia or a cabana — lets you enjoy the fresh air with all the amenities of home. Whether...
How to Pick the Right Floor for Your Garden Room
Every room needs a floor, and outdoor garden rooms are no exception. Paths, decks, patios, overlooks, trash can storage pads, lawns, ground cover plantings ... they’re all floors. If you can walk on it, store something on it or roll around on it, I...
Patio of the Week: Water and Fire Mingle in a Canadian Front Yard
“Would you believe that my husband started out as a plumber?" asks Terri Laan, whose husband, Christopher Farner, gave their front patio a modern makeover. "He has an amazing sense of balance and style, and over the years I have pushed him to do more...
10 Great Outdoor Chill Zones
In the warm months, there’s nothing better than coming home and immediately kicking off your shoes, grabbing an ice-cold drink and heading right outside. Sitting outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to loosen up, unwind and let go. Summer...
7 Great Container Plants for Early-Spring Appeal
In cold climates early spring is still too early for planting containers with summer-blooming annuals. It’s best to wait until you are past your average last frost date. But that...
What to Know Before You Buy Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak has long been a top choice for outdoor furnishings, due to its buttery gold color and durability. Its high content of naturally occurring rubber and oils serves as Mother Nature’s weatherproofing, protecting against water, rot and insects, ensuring...
Bold Backdrops for Colorful Gardens
When we consider color in the garden, we usually think of plants, furniture and decorative accents such as cushions, candles and garden art. But what about walls? Think of this expansive surface as a blank canvas just waiting for your artistic...
Courtyard Comforts Make a Seattle Backyard a Joy
Before Tyler Engle renovated the backyard of this Seattle home, the owners had two ways of reaching their house: climb the 30 or so steps from the street to their front door, or traverse the muddy slope from the back alley to the back door. Engle...
How to Get a Pizza Oven for the Patio
We are all familiar with the big masonry oven at the neighborhood Italian restaurant that yields the tastiest, piping-hot pizza we could wish for. We may even have a friend who built a pizza oven right into a new kitchen. But did you know that you can...
An Indoor-Outdoor Serving Bar Opens the Possibilities
If you love outdoor entertaining (and who doesn’t when you have the space?), you know that having an easy transition from kitchen to patio or deck is ideal. But sometimes there just isn’t room to add an extra door or window — at least not without...
Ecofriendly Fire Pits: Casting Backyard Campfires in a New Light
There’s an earthy romance associated with fire pits, especially wood-burning ones. They remind us of cozy evenings around the campfire. But wood fires contribute to air pollution, and some cities have banned wood-burning fire pits. In response, savvy...
Want More Party Space? 5 Tips to Improve Indoor-Outdoor Flow
Wouldn’t you love to double the size of your house for the holidays, or when you’re entertaining a large groups of friends? And when the party is over and all the guests have gone home, have your nice, cozy house back just...
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