Contemporary PatioContemporary Patio, Vancouver
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2. Resilient on Vancouver IslandTo tackle the constant coastal exposure of the Pacific Northwest, where this outdoor lounge on Vancouver Island, Canada, is located, designer Jonathan Craggs had all of the outdoor features built into the patio, including the fire pit. The fire feature sits on a poured-in-place concrete base with a polished and colored precast concrete top. Tempered-glass fragments from Blazing Glass cover the burner, which sits on top of a metal pan. Read more about this home
Yard at a GlanceLocation: Saanich Peninsula, just north of the city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, CanadaSize: 288 square feet (26½ square meters)Craggs brought the patio down to a smaller and more intimate scale by creating this sunken seating area on one side. The seating area shelters those sitting around the fire and also adheres to a local restriction that prohibits hardscape elements from exceeding 2 feet in height. A path from the house to the beach crosses the other side of the yard.A planted screen provides privacy from beachgoers without blocking the view of Haro Strait, which separates Vancouver from the San Juan Islands. Resilient hardscaping and built-in furniture allow the homeowner to entertain outdoors without worrying about moving furniture indoors when not in use. Cool winds often blow off the beach, so an outdoor fire feature and ambient lighting allow entertaining to flow into the evening.