Patios 133 Ideabooks

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...
See a Deluxe 'Catio' Built for Feline Fun
You know those people whom stray animals just seem to find? When it comes to cats, Tom and Liz are those people. At present 16 cats have found their way into their hearts and home. Some are shelter cats once deemed unadoptable, others have wandered onto...
3-Season Rooms: Shade and Swimming for a Tudor-Style Patio
The hot and sweaty summers of Richmond, Virginia, were keeping this family of five from enjoying their yard as much as they wanted to. With the help of Cox & Associates and Tuckahoe...
3-Season Rooms: An Open and Shut Kitchen Case
Taking inspiration from an airplane hangar, this kitchen transforms from an indoor space to an open pavilion with the lift of a few doors. An important element of this family of five's pool-house renovation, it's a favorite spot for gathering and...
3-Season Rooms: Luxe Meets Rustic on an Ozarks Terrace
When it came time to carve out and decorate outdoor rooms on this 100-foot-long terrace, the home's architecture and spectacular site in the Ozark Mountains provided the design inspiration. "I was guided by the fact that the home had a rustic style that...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Container Garden Basics: How and When to Water Potted Plants
“How often do I need to water?” is usually the first question I get from clients after finishing their container gardens. It’s an important question, and the simple, honest answer is that you should water as often as the plant requires. But determining...
Case Study: 8 Tips for Planning a Backyard From Scratch
As with any interior space, a beautiful backyard is all about those personal touches. Unlike with living rooms, however — where furniture swaps and family accessories make a big impact — turning a blank concrete slab into a distinctive outdoor retreat...
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