You Voted, Now Learn More About the 6 Outdoor Designs You Loved

Need a little inspiration to make your great outdoors truly great? Check out the award-winning spaces that were tops with HGTV fans.

Our 2017 Ultimate Outdoor Awards features 36 of the nation's dreamiest outdoor spaces, so selecting winners in each of the six categories was no small feat. With so many great designs, the voting was fierce with HGTV fans casting 12 times as many votes for this year's competition. Learn more about the award-winning spaces that wowed us all.

People's Pick: Water + Design

Infinity Edge Pool With Rainfall Feature

Infinity Edge Pool With Rainfall Feature

Descending from the outdoor ceiling, a rainfall feature streams into the infinity edge swimming pool below.

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Architect Tor Barstad put breathtaking views of the Arizona desert on display at this luxurious retreat where a lap-style infinity-edge pool creates a watery oasis, dividing the home from the surrounding arid landscape. For added drama, a rainfall water feature flanks the main outdoor living area, providing the relaxing sound of falling water and a cool, misty breeze.

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Back Patio Features Infinity Pool and Striking Desert View

Square, straight and crisp lines define the overall design concepts including the stunning 25 meter negative edge lap pool as well as the luxurious indoor/outdoor patio space.

Relaxing Patio With Lap Pool and Lounge Seating

A trio of lounge chairs with gray cushions and sunny yellow pillows rest on either side of the lap pool, offering a comfortable spot to relax on the back patio.

Luxurious Patio With Lounge Seating and Lap Pool

Retractable doors allow the indoors spaces to flow into the expansive patio. Lounge chairs by the lap pool offer a place to sunbathe and take in the stunning desert views.

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Luxe Patio Features Outdoor Kitchen, Comfy Seating and Fireplace

The ideal spot for outdoor entertaining, this section of the patio features an outdoor kitchen, plenty of comfortable seating, a fireplace and flatscreen TV. What more could you want?

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Sleek Back Patio With Stunning Rainfall Water Feature

Enjoy a dip in the refreshing lap pool or lounge around and take in the beautiful views this back patio has to offer. A trickling rainfall water feature streams into the pool, adding a relaxing element to the outdoor space.

Elegant Covered Patio With Rainfall Water Feature

This corner of the patio is covered to protect it from the weather. Comfortable seating, a flatscreen TV, linear fireplace and outdoor kitchen offer all you need for outdoor entertaining.

Infinity Edge Pool With Rainfall Feature

Descending from the outdoor ceiling, a rainfall feature streams into the infinity edge swimming pool below.

Sleek Back Patio Features Lap Pool, Built-In Fire Feature

Even at night, the back patio is an inviting place to lounge around. Exterior lighting, pool lighting and built-in fire features keep the space well lit into the evening hours.

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People's Pick: Gorgeous Gardens

Lush Garden With Water Stream

Lush Garden With Water Stream

With each plant carefully selected and placed, this garden will become more and more beautiful with each passing season.

Photo by: Judy Davis

Judy Davis

The old adage "You can't fool Mother Nature" may be true, but the landscape designers at Lewis Aquatech certainly gave it their best shot. They transformed this property into a fairytale-worthy wooded garden with layers of lush plantings and a rambling stream that winds among hand-placed boulders. Landscape lighting, stone bridges and foot paths make this wonderland one anyone would love to explore.

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Lush Garden With Water Stream

With each plant carefully selected and placed, this garden will become more and more beautiful with each passing season.

Beautifully Designed Garden With Lush Plants and Water Stream

Hand-placed natural boulders create defined routes between the roots of existing trees and the site's natural contours.

Water Stream Surrounded by Boulders and Lush Plants

Nature is one of the purest forms of beauty that exists. Capturing that beauty in a controlled environment requires a keen understanding of current and future conditions. The garden's design includes a manmade stream surrounded by boulders that blends in perfectly with its surroundings.

Beautiful, Tranquil Garden

Stone foot paths and bridges weave in and out of the garden, creating a walk of tranquility with the sounds of the stream.

Photo By: Judy Davis

Gorgeous Garden With Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting helps guide the way so the garden can be enjoyed after sunset.

Photo By: Judy Davis

Manmade Stream

Hidden in a wooded area, overgrown trees and underbrush were brought to life by intertwining 360 linear feet of a manmade stream.

People's Pick: Outdoor Escape

Backyard Mediterranean Backyard at Night

Backyard Mediterranean Backyard at Night

Gorgeous established trees surround this Mediterranean backyard to provide shade and privacy. Terracotta roof tiles mix with a stucco exterior and wood-framed windows and French doors for an Old World-inspired home.

Photo by: Mark Pinkerton, vi360

Mark Pinkerton, vi360

With an outdoor kitchen, dining area, fountains, pergola and beautifully manicured grounds, who wouldn't want to party on this patio? The talented team at Casa Smith Designs brought the comforts of the indoors out to create a backyard getaway ready to host a crowd or perfect for a little alone time with a good book.

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Old World-Inspired Backyard With Soothing Water Feature

Classic white columns pair with rustic wood beams to create a Mediterranean-inspired pergola. An outdoor chandelier hangs above the porch swing and patio area for an intimate, elegant seating area. In the center of the walkways leading through the backyard is a tiered water features that brings soothing ambiance to the space.

Mediterranean Backyard With Vine-Covered Walls

French doors around the Mediterranean-inspired home open up a welcoming outdoor space. Vine-covered walls lend an Old World feel, while established trees shade the reclaimed brick patio.

Mediterranean Backyard With Outdoor Kitchen

French doors around the Mediterranean-inspired home open up a welcoming outdoor space. Vine-covered walls lend an Old World feel, while established trees shade the reclaimed brick patio.

Backyard Mediterranean Backyard at Night

Gorgeous established trees surround this Mediterranean backyard to provide shade and privacy. Terracotta roof tiles mix with a stucco exterior and wood-framed windows and French doors for an Old World-inspired home.

Mediterranean Backyard is Open and Welcoming

Hardscaping and landscaping blend seamlessly in this Mediterranean-inspired backyard. Soft walkways lead to a brick patio under the Old World pergola. A traditional tiered water fountain is an elegant focal point.

Relaxing Outdoor Oasis With Water Feature

A blue tile water feature is the stunning focal point in this Mediterranean backyard. Old World-inspired furniture is a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoors, both day and night.

Sophisticated and Inviting Mediterranean Backyard

Teak rocking chairs are a perfect spot to relax in this welcoming backyard oasis. Trellises full of climbing plants add color and texture to stucco exterior walls of the Mediterranean home, and rustic wood windows create a striking contrast.

People's Pick: Curb Appeal

Beautiful Mediterranean Home With Ivy Facade

Beautiful Mediterranean Home With Ivy Facade

A paver driveway and walkway blend into one cohesive design that goes perfectly with the home's Mediterranean style facade.

Photo by: Mark Scott

Mark Scott

A traditional gated entry with ornamental ironwork that leads to a wide, private coutyard gives this Spanish Revival-style stunner massive curb appeal. The main home features hand-applied stucco which landscape architect Mark Scott softened with trailing vines of creeping fig, low hedges and a pair of Arborvitae flanking the front door.

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Mediterranean Home Boasts Curb Appeal

Meticulous landscaping and hardscaping paid off for this Mediterranean style home. It definitely stands out and boasts striking curb appeal.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Beautiful Mediterranean Home With Gated Entry

The lovely Mediterranean style home features two entrances, including a gated driveway and a beautiful stone walkway that leads to a pair of weathered wooden doors.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Wooden Gate Peeks Into Mediterranean Home's Entry

A pair of wooden doors with wrought iron bars open up to reveal the Mediterranean home's entry.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Beautiful Mediterranean Home With Ivy Facade

A paver driveway and walkway blend into one cohesive design that goes perfectly with the home's Mediterranean style facade.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Ivy Covered Entry to Mediterranean Home

Bright green ivy covers the facade of the home's entry, and a pair of tall, slender evergreen trees rest on either side of the steps.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Front Entry to Gorgeous Mediterranean Home

The stunning Mediterranean style home boasts a three bay garage and paver style driveway that forms a walkway to the front door.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Mediterranean Home With Stone Slab Driveway

A stone slab driveway framed by perfectly trimmed hedges provides entry to the beautiful Mediterranean home.

Photo By: Mark Scott

Private Mediterranean Home With Curb Appeal

Trees, hedges and a gated entry give this Mediterranean home some extra privacy from those passing by.

Photo By: Mark Scott

People's Pick: Art of Outdoor

Globe-Shaped Water Feature Next to Infinity Pool

Globe-Shaped Water Feature Next to Infinity Pool

The main focus of the design was the infinity pool. It was positioned so the infinity edge faces the largest view of the lake. The designer created a large, lounging patio for big parties as well as a lower patio for drinks and cigars. The unique water feature with plants breaks up and softens the extensive hardscaping.

Photo by: Bullis Photography

Bullis Photography

The team at Mom's Design Build gave this lakefront home a resort-like feel with an infinity-edge pool and a spherical water feature that steals the show. Tropical palms and flowering plants add natural beauty, while multiple seating areas — sited on terraced levels that lead down to the dock — get this backyard ready to party.

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Entry Gate to Lakeside Patio and Pool

The homeowner wanted a landscape and outdoor entertainment space that would do justice to his exquisite Lake Minnetonka home and enhance opportunities for high level business meetings and entertaining family and friends.

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Palm Tree Adds Tropical Element to Patio and Pool

Giant palms are scattered throughout the back patio, bringing a tropical feel to the more contemporary design.

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Globe-Shaped Water Feature Next to Infinity Pool

The main focus of the design was the infinity pool. It was positioned so the infinity edge faces the largest view of the lake. The designer created a large, lounging patio for big parties as well as a lower patio for drinks and cigars. The unique water feature with plants breaks up and softens the extensive hardscaping.

Glass-Enclosed Deck With Orange Accents

Four wicker chairs with bright orange cushions provide comfortable, stylish seating around the deck's fire pit. Thanks to the surrounding glass wall, this contemporary outdoor space feels even more warm and intimate.

Photo By: Bullis Photography

Lakeside, Terraced Garden

A terraced garden separated by stacked stone retaining walls adds natural beauty and color to the lakeside backyard.

Photo By: Bullis Photography

Contemporary Water Feature Flows Through Garden

For maximum visual interest, this outdoor water feature flows straight through a garden of flowerbeds. Where the stone basin complements the walkway to the right, the rusted metal path both naturally suits the greenery and adds warmth to the aesthetic.

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Fire Bowl Feature

A flaming fire feature keeps the infinity pool and patio alive well into the evening hours.

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Luxurious Pool at Night

The infinity pool glows blue in the evening light, with two fountain spouts on either end.

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People's Pick: Outdoor Architecture

View of Open Poolhouse and Swimming Pool

View of Open Poolhouse and Swimming Pool

The pool and poolhouse is set away from the main house as a destination and its own outdoor room.

Photo by: Westphalen Photography

Westphalen Photography

Also an Editors' Pick: Constructed away from the main house, this rustic poolhouse and entertaining space was sited to make the most of the property's unobstructed mountain views. Landscape architects Keith Wagner and Jeffrey Hodgson kept the landscaping simple with symmetrical plantings of ornamental grasses. The low plantings not only mirror the poolhouse's streamlined aesthetic, they also don't detract from the surrounding mature trees and distant mountain views.

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View of Open Poolhouse and Swimming Pool

The pool and poolhouse is set away from the main house as a destination and its own outdoor room.

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Poolhouse Displays Breathtaking View of Mountains

Designed by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, a wood-burning fireplace was cast in place of concrete with a board-form finish. Its covered position protects it from the summer winds in its Vermont setting.

Photo By: Westphalen Photography

Open Poolhouse With Mountain View

A large opening frames the view to the mountains from the arrival court at the main house. The poolhouse and pergola have one largely solid wall that lends privacy to the pool area with the exception of one large opening.

Photo By: Westphalen Photography

Contemporary Poolhouse

The poolhouse and pergola are integrated into one linear structure. Simple materials of copper siding, bluestone paving, cedar and board form concrete tie the design together.

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Chic Poolhouse for Entertaining

Inside, the poolhouse contains a studio apartment and bathroom/changing room.

From: Wagner Hodgson and Wagner Hodgson

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Entertainment Pergola

The large pergola provides plenty of room for entertaining. The fireplace takes the chill off of the cool summer evenings, while lighting adds drama to the space at night. The floor of the pergola is one step up from the pool deck to give it more prominence.

Photo By: Westphalen Photography

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