Waterside Retreat: Spectacular Lakeside Patio

There's a lot to love about this patio, but the panoramic views of Lake Minnetonka are a major draw. Thanks to the pergola's orientation, with the fireplace in the far corner, the water is always in sight. The covered space also features an outdoor kitchen, dining set, sitting area and an ultra-cozy fire pit.

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Photo By: Mom's Design Build

Backyard With Fire Pit

Designers created distinct spaces within this large backyard to maximize the homeowners' enjoyment of their lovely lakefront setting. Here, a pergola shades a dining and sitting area near the house. Large pavers lead across the lawn to a fire pit.

Stone Patio With White Pergola

A white aluminum pergola stretches the length of this patio, shielding a dining area and a comfortable sitting area. Down a few steps, adirondack chairs cozy up by a fire pit.

Patio With Blue and White Chairs

Coastal sconces, a crisp white pergola and blue-and-white furniture take this lakefront patio in a nautical direction.

Outdoor Kitchen With Open Grill

At this Minnesota lake house, the owners get to entertain guests in grand style. Grill up dinner in the luxe outdoor kitchen, then gather the party around the large dining table nearby.

Patio With Pergola and Fireplace

The stone fireplace for this patio was angled so that it could be seen from the main house without blocking the lake view. The TV mounted on the chimney is outdoor rated, so it can withstand the Minnesota weather.

Coastal Covered Patio and Lake View

The homeowners wanted low-maintenance landscaping, so on the various patios, designers added planters with a mix of colorful annuals. They can be changed out seasonally and are irrigated, so watering is a snap.

Lakefront Pergola With Cedar Posts

Under this pergola, the fireplace and kitchen island are configured in the corners of the patio. The layout keeps the lake view on full display and helps soften the wind's impact. Pergola posts were wrapped in white cedar to complement the house.

Covered Patio With Corner Fireplace

This outdoor bar features granite countertops, a visual tie in with the stone fireplace and patio. The fire and pergola roof help the homeowners extend the outdoor entertaining season!

Coastal Covered Patio With Fireplace

This home's waterfront setting on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka is beautiful, but it needed shielding from intense afternoon sun. A covered patio met all needs. The roof has automated louvers and the gourmet island helps block the wind. On chilly nights, residents can grab a seat by the fireplace.

Coastal Covered Patio With TV

The couple who own this lovely lake house wanted a backyard that would draw guests outside. This covered patio is a well-planned solution with a luxurious outdoor kitchen, gas fireplace, tv and panoramic lake views.

Coastal Patio With Corner Fireplace

Pops of red and blue give this covered patio the Nantucket feel the homeowners wanted. The fireplace's unique corner position allows outdoor parties to take advantage of the cozy crackle and the lakefront vistas.

Covered Patio With Outdoor Kitchen

This outdoor kitchen entertains in gourmet style with a grill, side burner, pullout trash/recycling bins, a fridge, ice machine and lockable storage for alcohol and accessories. While meals are underway, guests get to enjoy the fire and the view.

Coastal Lakefront Patio With Barstools

A series of four aluminum pergolas protect this patio from the wind and weather. The designer gave the outdoor spaces jaunty Nantucket style that fits well with the home's waterfront setting.

Covered Patio With Wine and Cheese

Motorized louvers make it easy to enjoy this comfortable patio rain or shine. The pergola also has the advantage of acting as a pretty frame for views of lake and trees.

Outdoor Sitting Area With Stone Chimney

A handsome stone chimney is shared by an upper-level fireplace as well as this second lower-level one. A built-in niche stores firewood and lets it be part of the decor.

Patio With Adirondack Chairs

A stone chimney reaches two stories high, with a wood-burning fireplace to warm this petite patio. Up top, a gas-burning fireplace opens on the other side.

Lakefront Patio and Fireplace

Stone steps lead from the upper level patios down to this open air spot, where adirondack chairs are gathered around a wood-burning fireplace. The husband of the house likes to retreat here with friends and a few cigars.

Stone Outdoor Steps

Planting beds soften the look of the stone wall and steps in this backyard.

Lakefront Backyard With Stone Walls

Planter beds are nestled inside stone retaining walls for a little color beside the green lawn.

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