Amazing Outdoor Designs Picked by HGTV Editors

Our HGTV Editors have spoken and chosen their favorite outdoor designs from the 2018 Ultimate Outdoor Awards. Check out these truly inspirational designs below.

The nation’s top landscape designers and architects were featured in the 3rd annual HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards. The HGTV editors’ selected their favorites from each of the six categories and, let’s just say, they’ll knock your socks off. Find out more about the award-winning designs that our editors’ just can’t get enough of.

Editors' Pick and Overall Winner: Stunning Structures

Contemporary outdoor dining space

Bistro Lights, Fireplace Illuminate Outdoor Dining Space

At night, bistro lights and a working fireplace cast an enchanting glow across this chic dining space. With a table set for six, the owners and their guests can enjoy dinner al fresco and then head to the fire pit for drinks.


Photo by: Matt Vacca

Matt Vacca

This dreamy outdoor space is the perfect spot for relaxing poolside during the day and entertaining under the inviting covered lounge at night. The design firm BOXHILL made sure to encompass the surrounding Tucson views into the landscape and the result is a simply extraordinary outdoor space. The landscape lighting gives the space a glowing radiance, which brings a new look to the backyard entertaining spot at nightfall.

Modern backyard

Modern Backyard Turned Private Paradise

Tucked into the hillside and encircled by trees, this outdoor space by designer Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery seems like something out of a dream. Here, visitors can take a lap in the infinity-edge pool, stretch out on either of the lounges, or cozy up by the fire pit and enjoy views of the desert at sunset.


Photo by: Matt Vacca ©Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery

Matt Vacca, Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery

BOXHILL incorporated native plants along with ample seating that making the space enchanting while also functional. It’s easy to see why this space takes the crown as the editors’ pick winner for the Stunning Structures category and the 2018 Overall Winner of the Ultimate Outdoor Awards.

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Editors' Pick: Gorgeous Gardens

courtyard in Charleston

Charming Courtyard in Charleston, S.C.

Anyone who's strolled down the streets of historic Charleston, S.C., knows that behind every gate or wall lies a picture-perfect garden. These matte black doors are no exception, marking the entrance to a charming courtyard on lower King Street.

Photo by: Chris & Cami Photography, LLC

Chris & Cami Photography, LLC

Nestled in charming Charleston, SC, this courtyard, designed by Carolina Landscape, is one gorgeous garden. The cozy patio is the perfect spot for relaxing with a cup of coffee or entertaining on a summer evening. The lush landscaping creates a serene escape, making us wish we had our very own secret garden hideaway.

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Editors' Pick: Outdoor Oasis

contemporary outdoor kitchen

Dining Set Complete With Outdoor Kitchen

Stephanotis floribunda climbs the pergola and so keeps the dining area below cool and shaded. To the right, an outdoor kitchen with a grill and bar ensures that the owners and their guests are never without refreshments. Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado

Photo by: John Ellis Photography

John Ellis Photography

Talk about an outdoor oasis – this property is lush and lovely with Moroccan details. We think its the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Los Angeles-based Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture made sure no detail was overlooked; the Moroccan-inspired design seen at the home’s entry is repeated in the pool fountain, seamlessly connecting the two areas.

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Editors' Pick: Curb Appeal

front yard of modern vacation home

Gorgeous Greenery in Front Yard

A long walkway allows for clear views right to the front door. With trees and lush greenery across the front yard, this vacation home truly complements its stunning surroundings.

Photo by: Grey Giraffe Photography

Grey Giraffe Photography

This modern mountain home, designed by Salt Lake City's Landform Design Group, perfectly represents the curb appeal category. It is a beautiful balance between modern design and raw, natural materials. The lush greenery surrounding the home is a perfect complement to its location. Not only does this home have outstanding curb appeal, it is also equipped with a plethora of outdoor amenities that will make you want to never leave the front or backyard.

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Editors' Pick: Picturesque Landscapes

Mediterranean mansion with fountain

Romantic View of Sprawling Estate

With a view like this, the homeowners might just think they went to bed in San Diego and woke up in Tuscany. Trimmed hedges and flowers surround the stone patio and add a romantic touch to the setting.

Photo by: Martin Mann

Martin Mann

This lush outdoor courtyard, designed by Torrey Pines Landscape Company, feels like a Italian villa nestled in the California hillside. From the fountain to the flowers this delightful outdoor space is as idyllic as gardens come. Not only is this space surrounded by a breathtaking garden it also has a fireplace and infinity pool, bringing all the outdoor amenities imaginable to this serene hideaway.

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Editors' Pick: Waterside Paradise

tropical outdoor space with infinity-edge pool

Lanterns Provide a Touch of Light

Six lanterns ensure that this outdoor space is just as alluring at night. Once the sun goes down, the lights cast a warm glow on the water that allows the owners to see without interrupting their stargazing.

Photo by: Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn

This awe-inspiring Jamaican hideaway beckons ultimate relaxation and tranquility. Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture in Key West incorporated the stunning natural surroundings into this landscape design and the result is a breathtaking oasis. From the lush garden hideaway to the infinity pool with stunning ocean views this spot truly conjures up paradise.

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