Destination Decks and Patios

Create a getaway space in the backyard that changes your perspective.

  • In this elegant design, Jamie Durie created a vacation-at-home spot: a lounge area around a gabion fire pit with a gorgeous view of the pool.

  • Here, landscape designer Gelinda Backman was charged by the homeowners with the task of incorporating \"enchanted\" and \"ancient\" aspects into the makeover of a wooded backyard. A dining terrace and fire pit surrounded by stone walls are focal points of a landscape that also includes a rain garden, winding pathways and a koi pond.

  • Covered Patio

    Sailcloth shades this gorgeous outdoor room from the hot sun, and the draperies help define the space. Looks like a tropical getaway!

  • In the backyard of an artistic couple, Jamie Durie and his The Outdoor Room team created three pergolas for dining and lounging spaces. Each structure has a macrame roof made of hand-dyed ropes, from which baskets of flowers and foliage hang.

  • Designed by Scott Cohen, this charming \"island\" patio is surrounded by a water feature and arched bridges.

  • Contrast Soft Garden Plantings with Hard Surfaces

    The wooden walkway, circular terrace and snaking wall are perfectly paired with luxuriant \"soft\" plantings of hostas, irises, grasses and marginals.

  • Add One New Feature for Simple Landscaping

    Coordinated in color and material to the main patio, this new viewing station provides a quiet place to enjoy the water feature and a brand-new perspective on the garden.

  • White Gazebo with Garden Urns

    Potted plants can highlight a major garden feature such as this white wire work gazebo. The symmetrical pots embellish the bare legs of the structure and the climbing roses in the pots will eventually cover the roof.

  • In a gorgeous hardscape design by Jamie Durie, a swim (or a walk) to the other side of the pool rewards you with this beautiful away-from-home setting.

  • Outdoor Garden Seating

    One of the paths to RMSer Garden-Fanatic's backyard pergola takes a detour through a garden of annuals and perennials.

  • Open Air Room

    This beautiful pool cabana offers a luxurious place to relax, entertain and enjoy the shade. Posted by RMSer Curly888

  • Outdoor Fire

    This rustic outdoor room at the edge of the water creates a memorable setting for parties, songfests and storytelling. RMSer Chris Major designed this space for homeowners who wanted a landscape that blended with the woods that surround their property.

  • A destination patio becomes a romantic-style retreat for this cottage garden. Image courtesy of Joan Grabel

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