Calm Modern Outdoor Terrace

This serene modern outdoor terrace from Mary Ellen Cowan includes an oval water feature, custom pergola, contemporary outdoor kitchen, and long modern fireplace with ample seating.

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Photo By: Mark McWilliams Photography

Contemporary Terrace With Oval Water Feature

The focal point of this tiered backyard terrace is a unique, oval-shaped water feature that subtly reflects the sky and canopy of trees above. Outdoor seating fits the tone of the space and invites conversation.

A Serene, Contemporary Backyard Terrace

A long glass wall lines the rear of this modern home, providing a view of the tranquil terrace. The simplicity of the terrace is punctuated by the unique water feature that serves as a reflecting pool for the canopy of tall trees that surround it.

Backyard Terrace With Water Feature

A unique water feature is set into the gray ground of this terrace, adding to the tranquility of the natural scene. Meanwhile, powder-coated white metal furniture is low and minimal, inviting conversation.

Beautiful Brick Home Is Custom-Fit to Site

This brick home is carefully oriented on its site to tread lightly on its natural surroundings. An upper-level terrace gently slopes down to a creek below, while tall trees offer shade and privacy.

Clean-Lined Path Surrounds Contemporary Home

Crisp walkways and geometric lines pave a pathway to this low-slung, contemporary brick home. A custom metal trellis creates an open-air breezeway that leads to an outdoor kitchen and garden.

Contemporary Garden Pathway

A garden path with lush, native plantings leads to the back garden from the outdoor kitchen and lounge area. Geometric forms created from smooth gray stone are broken up by swaths of grass, softening the lines of the contemporary hardscape.

Modern Outdoor Terrace With Custom Pergola

This home features a detailed terrace that connects the indoor space to the outdoor space. Glass walls put the indoor dining room in view, creating symmetry between the spaces. The terrace includes a custom pergola, wood fire feature, grilling table and raised herb planter.

Modern Outdoor Kitchen With Ample Seating

A modern pergola surrounded by lush greenery sets apart this intimate, modern outdoor dining space. A concrete fire structure is long and low, echoing the lines of the slatted ceiling, while ample seating provides spots for guests to dine or lounge for casual conversation.

Modern Fireplace in Serene Outdoor Setting

A modern concrete firebox structure has an open center, creating a focal point for the space and a "window" to the natural world beyond. A streamlined, minimalist bench adds a tranquil spot to perch and enjoy the setting.

Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen With Custom Grill

A custom cooking station integrates with a fireplace, seating and a custom trellis in this contemporary outdoor space. Bamboo shoots and other tall foliage create a privacy screen and soften the crisp, clean lines of the contemporary hardscape.

Custom Fence Screens Contemporary Patio

The slatted lines of a custom fence connect to the custom trellis and provide privacy for this clean-lined backyard entertaining space.

Contemporary Terrace Planned to Fit Site

This home wraps around a rear terrace that's designed for entertaining. The design carefully incorporates surrounding trees to make the most of its natural setting. A unique water feature breaks up the flat expanse of the contemporary terrace.