Outdoor Design Ideas
Because such dramatic changes can cost a pretty penny, it’s important to carefully consider all outdoor ideas before delving in. Set your budget ahead of time, and work carefully with your designer to make sure you stick to it. Research materials and landscaping techniques that are appropriate for your location and style, and don't forget add the plan for the final touches, like outdoor decor and furniture, to complete the space.
What are my outdoor design options?
When making changes to your front yard or backyard, be sure to consider what makes sense for your home and the local weather. For those in dry desert climates, avoid water-thirsty grass and opt for less-thirsty alternatives, then invest in a pool that will keep you and the neighbors cool in the heat. For more mild climates, a pool may not be the most practical of outdoor ideas, but a hot tub or unique water feature could be just the right element for you. On top of thinking about climate, consider maintenance as well. If you have the time and energy to work outdoors every weekend, a flower or vegetable garden would be a worthy investment. If all that effort isn't in your future, consider a nice rock garden, pond or intricate hardscaping instead. Finally, think about what works for your family. Some plants and flowers are poisonous for pets, and kids should have plenty of space to run around and play with friends, whether it be grass or pavement. Ultimately, yards should act as outdoor rooms, so plan them that way.
How do I create an outdoor room?
During the summer, your outdoor designs become key for entertaining and should flow like an extension of your indoor space. With a few key components, your patio, porch or deck can easily be turned into an entertainment haven; after all, when the weather is nice, most people don't want to be stuck indoors. To make your outdoor living space really feel like part of the house, create an outdoor kitchen, complete a grill, prep station, countertop and mini fridge. To become the neighborhood party house, you should also invest in a fire pit and hot tub, which are both great outdoor ideas for those cooler nights.
If expensive renovations are out of your reach, new outdoor furniture and accessories are great for a cheap yet effective end result. A typical concrete patio or front porch can get a major makeover by simply implementing a few easy outdoor decorating ideas, such as new furniture cushions and string lighting, or some brightly colored pots and accent statues. Take a look a variety of pictures and outdoor design ideas to draw inspiration for your own space.
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Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio remodel in San Francisco with a fire pit
Lines, but would have more warm textures as you draw near to the fire - sierra_nelmes
The upper level of this gorgeous Trex deck is the central entertaining and dining space and includes a beautiful concrete fire table and a custom cedar bench that floats over the deck. Light brown custom cedar screen walls provide privacy along the landscaped terrace and compliment the warm hues of the decking. Clean, modern light fixtures are also present in the deck steps, along the deck perimeter, and throughout the landscape making the space well-defined in the evening as well as the daytime.
An idea to crest a “soft” barrier between LWH and main house - rick_harris12
Photo of a traditional landscaping in DC Metro.
Patio kitchen - beach style patio kitchen idea in Minneapolis with a roof extension
Back porch column with screen track built in - bharrell95
This is an example of a small beach style screened-in back porch design in Boston with decking and a roof extension.
Nice window without a lot of panes - bet_gio
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Classic stone front porch idea in Chicago with a roof extension
I like that porch swi-wait what the bajesuit ? It’s a PORCH-BED! And I like that about this here picture. Next! - patrick_ryan9
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Photo of a contemporary front yard retaining wall landscape in Denver.
structural low water garden scape idea - dawn_wood58
Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in San Francisco with a pergola
Cool pergola, lighting and BBQ area. - brock_beraskin
Inspiration for a farmhouse backyard stone patio kitchen remodel in San Francisco with a roof extension
Connecticut Bluestone - Stanford Blend in an ashlar cut. - ruhihastir
The inviting fire draws you through the garden. Surrounds Inc.
Photo of a large traditional backyard stone landscaping in DC Metro with a fireplace.
shrubs and flowers in/on stone wall - wslnshopping
Design ideas for a contemporary landscaping in DC Metro.
Patio kitchen - large modern backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Miami with a roof extension
Dark stained ceiling with white beams - case_indy
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless backyard stamped concrete patio remodel in St Louis with a roof extension
Someday patio for the kids on the walkout - ajlisher
Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola
Not sure if I like the green square floors - carrie_lam68
Design ideas for a mid-sized tropical side yard brick landscaping in Miami.
Jungle Vibe in Key West Set at the end of a brick path that cuts through verdant tropical plantings, this seating area in a Key West, Florida, garden feels like a return to Eden. While the garden, designed by Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture, has plenty of other areas for outdoor lounging and entertaining, this intimate and hidden seating area feels the most alluring and romantic. - proth1584
Total pool and hardscape renovation including adding stone veneer to the exterior of the house.
Inspiration for a mediterranean stone and kidney-shaped hot tub remodel in Los Angeles
Love this, Mediterranean but reminds me of the country also. - andreadavis1225
Design ideas for a large traditional full sun front yard brick landscaping in New York for summer.
Deck - beach style side yard deck idea in San Francisco with a fire pit
a view like this is in my near future. Drink it in. This is at Stinson Beach. - francesca_kuglen
Design ideas for a farmhouse full sun vegetable garden landscape in Portland.
Raised bed on gravel for drainage - keleenmiller