In this design by Thomas Oppelt, the elegant casita offers a glimpse of the surrounding countryside. Image courtesy of Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty
Maintaining the historic character and integrity of the landscape was the main objective of this design. Rustic and understated elements add personality and credibility. Design by Chad Robert
A circular band inscribed within the bluestone patio continues through the outdoor kitchen and around the dining area. Design by Bob Hursthouse
Deeply textured stonework provides the framework to an intimate grotto decorated by the owner's unique orchid and fern collection. Wide stairs ascend to the adjacent terrace that's perfect for entertaining. Design by Bob HursthouseDebbie Talianko
Pergolas provide poolside shade, while cozy furnishings and blue accents infuse the outdoors with a style all their own. Design by Debbie Talianko
Step Into Morocco
Built-in seating doubles as a planter and a retaining wall for a front yard garden area. Design by Lori Dennis; Photo by Ken Hayden
A vintage bench and Susani-print blanket create a beautiful seating option in this stone courtyard. Design by Lori Dennis
Climbing vines and vertical gardens help create a romantic courtyard setting, perfect for dining outdoors. Design by Living Green Design
This beautiful patio was designed and furnished to complement the historic home. \"Rustic and understated elements add personality and credibility,\" says landscape architect Chad Robert.David Harrison David Harrison
Relaxing Pool House
The pool house is reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach cottage with soothing neutral shades and lots of natural light. Design by Rebecca Johnston
This stone cottage-style patio features a garden, outdoor fireplace and a stunning water feature. Design by Mitch Kalamian
Dreamy Outdoor Entertaining
A full-size kitchen, a cascading fountain and a raised pool flank the large lawn area, which features an in-ground trampoline, making this a perfect spot for entertaining families. Design by Christopher J. Grubb
Landscape designer Jamie Durie created an Asian-style space for dining and relaxing where the \"walls\" of the pergola serve as an enclosure as well as a place to showcase potted specimens.
Sleek, modern loungers add a contemporary flair to this traditional patio. Design by Lori Dennis
This dramatic doorway leads to a romantic patio with black-and-white marble tile and a beautiful vertical garden. Design by Jamie Durie
An outdoor room with Puerto-Rican design sensibilities creates a family backyard haven. Traditional turned-wooden spindles that adorn the windows of the homes in Puerto Rico now break up the bright colors of the walls. Design by Jamie Durie
In this Sedona-inspired design by Jamie Durie, ceiling tiles create the wall for the planter's seating surround. A dining grotto is tucked into the back of this beautiful patio.
This patio is located away from the house, surrounded by colorful landscaping and shaded by trees. A short wall provides a sense of enclosure. The walkway continues on to a potting bench and a secluded arbor swing. Design by Jamie Durie
Contemporary + Classic
A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area. The look merges elements of Old World design with the clean lines of contemporary style. Design by Jamie DurieDesign by RMS user Allende
Boxwood planters surround the pool, fireplace and lounging areas on this patio.DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
These basket weave stools and a table from a tree trunk blend seamlessly with a rustic-style garden.
Inspired by a visit to a Native American pueblo, Jamie Durie designed this circular adobe outdoor room. A traditional drying rack serves as an artistic shade structure over the new outdoor dining area.
Three Tiers of Relaxation
Designed by Mitch Kalamian, this tri-level backyard features a refurbished pool on the first level, a spa on the second and a lighted column on the third.
Drab Entryway No More
A terra-cotta tile patio and rich wall color convert a front entry into a stylish waiting and relaxation area. Design by Pamela BerstlerDK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Furniture as Art
The cantilevered bench echoes the wall's sweeping curve, and is an integral element of this striking installation.
This beautiful eight-sided pavilion is the focal point of a European-style garden. Design by Keith AndersonDK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Staying Close to the Kids
In this family garden, the kids can play on the spacious lawn while the adults hang out on the terrace. The two areas are divided by a snaking dry-stone and log wall, as well as by soft plantings.
The Place for Pizza
The focal point of this new outdoor kitchen is a wood-fired pizza oven imported from Italy. The 36-inch oven turned out to have a 52-inch base, so landscape architect Mark Schisler had to move the counters three feet to accommodate it. The oven is covered with a stone veneer, rather than real stone, to save more space.
This outdoor kitchen and patio, designed for entertaining, is accessible from the deck, basement and driveway of the home. The cedar pergola helps define the room and provide overhead lighting.
This terrace went from an area with no place to sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.
This contemporary outdoor kitchen area is nestled among the trees. Design by Paul Wrona
Whether it's for roasting marshmallows with the kids or grown-up entertaining, the fireplace often becomes the outdoor gathering spot for the family. A new retaining wall on the steep slope provided the terrain for this patio and new lawn. A berm of cryptomeria trees will provide privacy from the neighbors. Design by Mark Schisler
An extra-large fountain and a Western-style fireplace are the focal points of this patio; the design and materials create a seamless extension of living space for the home. Design by Scott Cohen