This beautiful, contemporary spa and matching fountain features fire, creating a stunning combination with an Asian flair. Quite an alluring illusion. Design by Mitch Kalamian.
This outdoor room, which was formerly unusable land, incorporates a path carved into the side of a hill. It's a quiet area where you can enjoy the sounds of nature while watching birds splash in their bath. Design by Patricia Thernell.
A raised spa with a negative edge anchors a rectangular pool, while cascading steps draw the eye to a fire pit that pours water into the spa. Shale ledge stone on the columns create an old fashioned, substantial feel. Design by Mitch Kalamian.
This beautiful pool and spa are surrounded by lush greenery, which acts as a privacy barrier in the backyard. Design by Scott Cohen.
The creaking of an old-fashioned water wheel transports seated guests to a bygone era. Design by Dan Berger.
A pergola constructed of renewable redwood lumber provides the perfect oasis for this backyard. The space also features a freestanding outdoor shower, gas fire pit and fountain. Design by Christopher J. Grubb. Photography by Scott Mayoral.
This garden takes advantage of the natural landscape of Yachats, Ore., combining it with the simplicity and tranquility of Asian garden design to create a living courtyard. Design by David Hertz. Photo by David Papazian.
Recognizing the importance of connection between home and garden, the picture window was removed and replaced with French doors that open up the view to the water garden and lush tropical plantings. Design by Robert Hursthouse.
A handmade, wrought-iron dome creates interesting shadows and the perfect place to enjoy a mountain view. Design by Scott Cohen.
A wisteria-covered pergola provides shade to a patio detached from the main house. Design by Scott Cohen.
This incredible transitional room is between the lush surroundings of the property and the sophisticated interiors. The furnishings are simple 19th-century beds dressed with traditional Colombian textiles. The windows and doors are reclaimed antique pieces salvaged from old buildings. Design by Luis Caicedo.
This ramada is all about style and comfort. The warm colors of the furniture tie in with the warm tones of the stone and copper doors. Curtains can be closed to block out the hot summer sun. A fireplace adds not only drama, but also makes the area very inviting during the cooler winter months. Design by Morgan Holt. Photograph by Rick Brazil.
Beyond this richly-stained outdoor gate is a courtyard patio, featuring a tranquil Japanese garden with waterfall. Design by Evan Blewett.
Wood details in this banquette bring warmth to the stucco in this outdoor space. They are topped with seat cushions made of durable outdoor fabric. Design by Christopher J. Grubb. Photography by Scott Mayoral.
The telescoping pocket door that disappears into the wall provides a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. When entertaining bring out some indoor furniture and plants, even some lamps, to give it a cozy feel. Design by Amy Bubier.
In this steep hill garden, the designer broke the space up into a lawn area and a deck that overlooks a lower play area. Design by Pat Wagner.
Sheltered from wind yet open to the garden, this semi-enclosed space offers protection for outdoor diners. Design by Dan Berger.
Existing columns from the house’s exterior – originally destined for demolition – were repurposed to create this French-themed fountain. A dark stone backdrop completes the classic look. Design by Mitch Kalamian.
This relaxing courtyard features a jacaranda tree that provides light, cooling shade over the bench area. Design by Paula Henson.