Best Outdoor Room

Hip hangouts that stylishly bring the indoors — out.

And the award goes to... Mike Albert, winner of the best outdoor room category.

Mike Albert

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Fire Pit Framed by Rugged Stone Retaining Wall

A stone retaining wall and low-growing shrubs add a level of privacy to the picturesque fire pit.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Waterfall Framed by Coneflowers

Colorful coneflowers grow at the edge of a backyard waterfall.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Rugged Fire Pit With Rocking Chairs

Woven all-weather rocking chairs create comfortable outdoor seating around the rugged fire pit. Overlooking the grounds of a woodland retreat, the rustic patio is intended for all-season use.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Stone Paver Walkway

Lean trees surround the idyllic backyard and stone paver walkway.

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Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Stone Paver Walkway Trimmed With Green Grass

Rugged rocks and smooth stone pavers are scattered along the edge of the lush lawn leading to the fire pit patio.

Photo By: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop, Inc.

Amy Elbaum

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Urban Terrace Exudes Modern Comfort

Bright blue accents and lush plantings brighten this urban terrace, creating an ideal spot to unwind or to entertain friends. A clean-lined woven sofa mixes with basket-weave chairs in a rubbed gold finish, resulting in a comfortable space that's at once modern and cozy. A "wall" of plants behind the seating area adds privacy and turns the space into a true outdoor room.

Container Garden Brightens Urban Balcony

An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.

Clean-Lined Woven Wicker Sofa on Urban Terrace

Bright blue accents and lush plantings brighten this urban terrace, creating an ideal spot in which to unwind or entertain friends. A clean-lined woven wicker sofa anchors the seating area, resulting in a comfortable space that's at once welcoming and cozy.

Adam Miller

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Contemporary Urban Deck With Outdoor Dining Area

An outdoor dining table makes it easy to entertain under the stars and bright lights of Chicago on this urban rooftop deck. Ceramic planters and wooden container gardens offer privacy while adding a lively touch to the outdoor living space.

Rooftop Deck With Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Low-maintenance landscaping and artificial turf groundcover create a lush green space on this urban rooftop deck. A combination of planters and container gardens are integrated into the contemporary design, giving guests a variety of foliage to admire both indoors and out.

Rooftop Deck With Contemporary Outdoor Furniture

This rooftop deck offers several options for seating: You can cozy up on the sectional, recline on the lounge chairs or gather around the outdoor dining table. Artificial grass stands in for an outdoor rug and helps define the separate seating areas.

Fire Pit Table Surrounded by Woven Outdoor Furniture in Urban Setting

City living doesn't mean going without a stylish and functional outdoor living space. This Chicago rooftop deck features comfy outdoor furniture and a custom fire pit. The sleek gas fire table features a bed of fire glass, a clean-burning, smoke-free alternative to wood or ceramic logs.

Photo By: Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

Sunny Chicago Roof Deck With Cedar Pergola

This sunny roof deck project features multiple seating areas, an outdoor dining table and a custom fire pit. A cedar pergola offers partial shade above Ipe decking and SYNLawn artificial grass, making this rooftop deck a perfect space for entertaining and sun bathing in the Windy City.

Kara Paslay

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Eclectic Patio Courtyard With Colorful Textiles

A two-tone glass orb lights up the dining space of this colorful and eclectic courtyard. Seating options range from modern metal to wicker, and colorful textiles scattered throughout the space bring a casual vibe. Mesh screening surrounds the courtyard, filtering light and providing privacy.

Colorful, Eclectic Backyard Dining Room

A bright, boldly patterned rug mixes with other colorful textiles to anchor the dining area of this eclectic courtyard. A large-scale, two-toned globe pendant hangs above to light up the space. The patio’s wood structure is lined with mesh screening that filters light and provides privacy.

Flowering Plants Grace a Rustic Outdoor Sideboard Wine Rack

A unique wood and metal sideboard stores drinks and serves the dining space of this colorful and eclectic courtyard. A wood structure that surrounds the space is lined with metal mesh that filters light and screens the outdoor room from surrounding houses. Lush plantings bring the courtyard to life.

Colorful Eclectic Courtyard With Copper Water Feature

A water feature is the focal point at the center of this fun and eclectic backyard hangout. A wood structure lined with metal screening encloses spaces to dine, relax and otherwise entertain. Vessels scattered throughout the courtyard hold plantings of various sizes and shapes, bringing life to the space.

Colorful Eclectic Patio Courtyard With Hanging Orbs

A grouping of nautical balls hangs in place of a chandelier in this colorful, eclectic courtyard. Mesh screening filters light and provides privacy, and various seating options offer a quirky, comfortable haven for conversation. Functional accent tables feature a range of sizes and colors, but their round shapes provide continuity.

Brandon Pruett

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Rooftop Terrace Entertains in 'High' Style

Planters of varying heights and shapes are filled with structured cycads and vibrant succulents, bringing life to this outdoor lounge. Woven chairs with modern lines combine with a sleek, contemporary table to create a conversation area that takes advantage of its panoramic setting.

Photo By: Living Green Design

Conversation Hotspot on Rooftop Deck

The curvy lines of a contemporary rug are mimicked in fun outdoor furniture, creating a chic spot for lounging on this rooftop terrace. Ottomans offer versatile extra seating, and a trio of side tables means guests don't have to reach far for their drinks. Planters of varying heights add bursts of color to the space's neutral palette.

Photo By: Living Green Design

Modern Seating for Cozy Rooftop Lounge

Angular, matte black chairs by Kettal create a comfy spot to lounge on this rooftop terrace with picturesque views. Sleek, modern planters are filled with structured cycads and vibrant succulents, imbuing the space with life and color.

Photo By: Living Green Design

Vibrant Foliage Frames Rooftop Dining Space

Lush plantings along the perimeter frame water views, creating a lovely spot for dining al fresco. The tall, twisting stems are the aerial roots of liana trees, which grow in northern Thailand. Other plants varieties include agave attenuata, echeveria, aeonium and fuchsia, each carefully chosen to thrive in the unusual setting and enhance the space's striking design.

Photo By: Living Green Design

Vertical Garden Is Alive with Style

A textured metal medallion forms a focal point in this colorful rooftop garden. Raised redwood beds are on casters, allowing them to be moved several times a year for window washers to reach the apartments below. Fuchsia, oxalis and round aeonium are among the species that bloom in the vertical garden.

Photo By: Living Green Design

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