Amazing Outdoor Spaces by Top Design Pros

It wasn't easy, but we've chosen our top outdoor spaces. Take a look, and get inspired to create your own open-air retreat.

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November 24, 2014

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Contemporary Patio With Fire Pit & Geometric Wooden Chairs

This patio was made for entertaining. On those cooler evenings, four geometric wooden armchairs circle a stone fire pit, while warmer evenings allow for a dip in the glowing infinity pool.

Gorgeous Swimming Pool With Stream and Underwater Lighting

A gorgeous stream flows from the hot tub into the swimming pool in this breathtaking backyard. Underwater lighting illuminates the stream and its pebble tile floors. A curved outdoor fire pit extends into a semicircle bench, providing a spot to enjoy the stunning view.

Contemporary Pool and Patio in Los Angeles

This Southern California patio features multiple areas for lounging and dining, along with a dramatic, cantilevered infinity pool and spa with sweeping views of the Hollywood hills. Built-in beds provide pops of color.

Transitional Patio Area Fit for Entertaining

This gorgeous stone patio features two spaces for entertaining. A fire pit creates the perfect spot for cool nights, while a cozy striped sofa creates an ideal place for daytime get-togethers.

Transitional Outdoor Living Space With Patio Heater

A chic patio heater warms this transitional outdoor living space in style. The heater coordinates with the beautiful outdoor furniture, creating a perfect spot for entertaining.

Woodland Backyard Patio With Stone Fire Pit

This quiet backyard patio is located in the midst of tall trees and a variety of lively plants. Gray stone and boulders are used throughout the area, and a coordinating fire pit provides a spot for cozy relaxation.

Contemporary Pool, Spa and Patio in Los Angeles

An inviting spa and a crackling fire in the outdoor fireplace make this patio in Southern California a hot spot for entertaining. The home's hillside site allowed for the infinity pool's unique, rambling design. Two patios offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Cozy Backyard Patio With Stone Fire Pit

This rustic patio area features gray paver stones and a large stone fire pit surrounded by brown rattan chairs with green cushions. Large boulder stones trim the perimeter of the patio, while a black chain link fence contains the dog run located just behind the space.

Pool Area with Swing Bed, Pergola and Lighting

The swing-bed pergola defines a space for homeowners to sit back and enjoy their backyard. Palm trees were added to add more of a resort-vibe to nights by the pool. Touches of home can be seen in the columns, which mimic the front porch, and dainty white picket fences on either side.

Contemporary Pool And Porch With Pine Ceiling

Slipcovered outdoor chairs make relaxing outside on the porch feel like a direct extension of the indoor living room. A pine wood ceiling brings warmth to the space, amping up the coziness. The contemporary square pool boasts a connected hot tub with water spouts and submerged bench seating.


This backyard oasis is the perfect retreat for relaxation. The luxurious lagoon-style pool is surrounded by lush flowering plants and palm trees. Boulders define the wading pool area that's accented by three lighted fountain jets.

Patio View of Pool & Outdoor Sports Bar

Ideal for family gatherings and luxury entertainment, this outdoor space includes ample lounge seating, a large pool and spa veneered with vibrant glass tile and an elaborate sports bar with multiple plasma screens.

Tropical Dining Area at Night with Hut, Water Feature and Coral Stone

The designer used a tiki hut to create a protected dining area that the family could use throughout the year. Since the water feature and bridge were such a big part of the family's request, it was important that they would be one of the project's main features. Oolite and coral stone were used for the pond and surrounding areas. The outdoor dining furniture is from Janus et Cie.

Outdoor Living Space with Three Separate Areas for Entertaining and Relaxing

This outdoor living space has three separate areas for entertaining and relaxing. An outdoor dining room with a fireplace for extra warmth is nestled under the brick canopy, while a bar area is off to the side-a perfect place for after dinner drinks. Finally, the stairs lead to a sunning station where homeowners can enjoy the sun's warm rays and catch a tan.

Rustic Pool Terrace in the Vermont Mountains

The pool terrace in southern Vermont is nestled into a hillside below the main house and offers a view of mountains receding into the distance. The terrace unites the pool, hot tub, pool house, outdoor kitchen and dining areas, fire pit and abundant planting beds.

Outdoor Room Features Cushioned, Wicker Furniture & Fireplace

The perfect hangout space, this outdoor room includes a lovely stone fireplace, built-in grill and wicker seating with plush cushions and pillows.

Stone and Brick Fireplace

Rather than break up the different spaces in this patio with multiple materials, stone pavers and brick were repeated throughout in order to create a comfortable and synchronous look.

Pool and Outdoor Lounge With TV

Movie nights just got elevated to a whole new level: Lounge not only poolside but actually in the pool and watch favorite flicks. Chilly? Warm up by the outdoor fireplace.

Patio With Desert View

At the corner of the patio, an infinity pool spills over into the desert landscape. The low scale furniture and landscaping make sure not an inch of the incomparable view is hindered.

Poolside Retreat With Kitchen Area and Swim-Up Bar

This covered outdoor patio is certainly not lacking in atmosphere. A trio of chandeliers helps create a stunning ambiance at night, especially when the light reflects off the nearby water. The patio itself houses a fully equipped kitchen and grilling area, spacious dining table, lounge and fireplace. A swim-up bar offers a convenient spot to enjoy meals and drinks without leaving the pool.

Luxurious Tropical Swimming Pool With In-Pool Tile, Water Features and Palm Trees

Pool and landscape lighting give a luxurious glow to this tropical swimming pool design. The deep blue of the pool pops against the neutral tones in the landscaping. Small tile structures in the pool support water features, giving the pool a feel of motion. Palm trees complete the oasis vibe and add color to the space.

Southwestern Backyard With Pool

Soft lighting gives this Spanish style backyard a romantic feel. A glowing pool looks just as inviting at night as it does during the day.

Built In In-Pool White, Circular Bar With Canvas Cover and Surrounding Underwater Stone Stools

A small walkway continues from the wood pool deck to wood stairs descending into a pool level bar. The bar features white countertop and a white island in the center surrounded by a wood bench. Stone stools are built in underwater surrounding the bar feature for fun swim-up seating. A triangle canvas cover offers shade to the bartender for the perfect entertaining atmosphere.

Infinity Pool Runs Under Oak Tree in Modern Backyard

A sleek, 75-foot infinity pool slips just under a large oak tree in this breathtaking backyard. The pool's clean-lined design blends beautifully with the home's modern exterior.

Bucolic Outdoor Space with Masonry and Stone Pavers

Using stone pavers and extending the stone wall into the landscape helps embrace the natural beauty of the landscape.

Modern Outdoor Lounge Area With Water Feature and Fire Pits

Well-groomed shrubbery and plant life overlook the simple and clean lines of these wooden walls. The fire pits near the fountain make this patio a relaxing atmosphere for get-togethers.

Backyard Outdoor Lighting for Traditional Home

Outdoor lighting highlights this traditional home's manicured lawn and hardscaping, while providing guests with clearly-illuminated pathways to various seating areas.

Outdoor Dining and Living Area Fit for Entertaining

With two sofas, two chairs and a long dining table, this outdoor room is fit to entertain a crowd. The room enjoys an impressive view of the pool and surrounding landscape.

Outdoor Contemporary Fire Pit

Sunken benches create a square around the contemporary fire pit so views of the lake and pool remain unobstructed. Recessed lights underneath the bench give off more light when the fire is out.

Spanish Outdoor Room with Two-Sided Fireplace

A two-sided fireplace divides this Spanish outdoor space, creating multiple areas for dining and entertaining. The patio overlooks an infinity pool and spa, with a lake view beyond.

Contemporary Rooftop Terrace With Views of Boston

The contemporary rooftop living room has 360-degree view of Boston with views of the Hancock Building, Copley Square and Beacon Street. Wood plank insets help define the seating area, which centers around a sleek fire pit. Beautiful plantings line the edge of the rooftop.
From: Slifer Design

Beautiful Covered Deck Features Gray Wicker Seating, Grills & Space For Entertaining

Relax in the heat of the day or the cool of the evening in this stunning, covered deck. With plenty of seating in classic, comfortable wicker, this space is perfect for outdoor gatherings with the grill close at hand.

Luxury Swimming Pool With Stunning Views

The design is full of exquisite amenities such as: a large pool and spa veneered with vibrant glass tile throughout, an elaborate sports bar with multiple plasma screens, full cooking and dining options, surround sound, agronomic heaters, cozy sunken fireplace room and a raised fire pit lounge with vast, open views.

Extensive Covered Patio Boasts Multiple Seating Areas

This Mediterranean home's expansive outdoor living space features multiple seating areas for ultimate outdoor entertaining. Contemporary, low-profile furnishings give the space a sleek, polished look.

Contemporary Patio With Lounge Area

This contemporary patio offers a dining area and a separate lounging area delineated by concrete flooring. A wall of bamboo offers privacy.

Poolside Patio With Countless Amenities

With a cooking center, fireplace, covered living area and dining area, this poolside patio has it all. The gorgeous Mediterranean home features large windows to showcase its stunning outdoor space.

Striking Pool & Spa With a View

The infinity pool and spa offers exquisite views as the sun sets over the horizon. Beautiful stonework and landscaping completes the luxe design.

Courtyard Features Fireplace & Wrought Iron Furniture

A sheltered courtyard with a grand fireplace is framed by matching elegant pottery fountains in this outdoor design by Drew Sivgals.

Mediterranean Cabana Fit for Entertaining

One of the major design components of this outdoor design is the grand and majestic cabana that encompasses multiple functions and areas of luxury retreat. Included under the roof of the cabana is a large dining room, an opulent cook center and a quaint fireplace room with optimum views of the ocean and coastline.

Enchanting Backyard Featuring Sting Lights, Wood Stage and Stairs Leading To an In-Tree Patio

This dreamy backyard look is great for all ages. A wood stage-like set up between the two large trees connects to the stairs leading into the treetop patio. Lights strung between the trees give off a warm glow providing light for playing and enjoying the space.
From: Doug Burdge

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