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40 Outdoor Structures That Bring the Indoors Out

Outdoor structures — from pergolas to outdoor kitchens and fireplaces — can completely transform the look of a deck or patio and turn a seldom-used space into a stylish outdoor room.

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Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography. From: Brian Patrick Flynn.

Invest in Screens

Off the back of HGTV Urban Oasis 2018 is a modern pergola dotted with illuminating bistro lights. The deck is walled in on one side to create privacy and the sense of an enclosed space. Climbing vines wrap around the beams, softening the exterior.

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Extend Your Home

Think of your outdoor space as an extension of your home. This backyard, designed by Juergen Partridge Limited, is an excellent example. Here, a Douglas fir pergola provides structure over the back patio, while the composite deck connects the entries of the house acting as an outdoor hallway.

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Photo: Jeff Herr Photography. From: Terracotta Design Build.

Modernize a Classic

The porch of a traditional farmhouse is the hub, where conversations, sweet tea and life are shared. While porches of yore relied on rockers, simple side table and planters full of flowers, our outdoor spaces have blossomed into complete living spaces. Whether the walls are fully open or not, this covered porch acts as an addition to the interior.

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Photo: Caryn Waechter. From: Environmental Design Studio.

Design Layers of Entertaining

Whether you're spending time with your family or hosting a big shindig, create several different areas throughout your outdoor space that allow people to spread out and enjoy a variety of activities. In addition to a luxurious swimming pool, this expansive contemporary home boasts a comfy lounge area around the fire pit, outdoor kitchen and bar-top eating.

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