40 Breathtaking Backyard Ideas – Outdoor Space Design Inspiration

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Nicole Hollis Studio

As much as I love to get cozy in the living room and lounge around in bed, a backyard is the true sanctuary—especially if it’s prepped with all the right backyard bells and whistles. Indeed, your outdoor space can just as inviting, comfortable, and stylish as your interiors, but it also offers fresh air and nature. So it’s the best of both worlds. From manicured landscapes to stately patios and paradise-status pools, get ready for some al fresco bliss with these 40 backyard ideas to help you get yours in shape for summer. And make sure you bookmark your favorites so you can bring them to life at home.

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Reflect the Home’s Architecture

Whether you’re starting a project from the ground up or you’re adding in a swimming pool to your backyard, make sure it’s consistent with the style of

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How to Design an Outdoor Living Area

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Options for what to include in the ultimate outdoor entertaining area.

Today, almost any activity you enjoy inside your home you can bring to the outside. Depending on your budget, your outdoor room can be simple, with a stamped concrete patio, a grill and a table for dining, or more elaborate with a fully functional outdoor kitchen complete with concrete countertops for preparing and serving food, a sink and a refrigerator. You can take the concept even further by adding such amenities as a concrete pizza oven, a fireplace or firepit, a concrete bartop for serving cocktails, an architectural concrete fountain, landscape lighting and concrete statuary.

Here are ways to use concrete to build the basic elements of your outdoor space:

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Decorative Concrete Surfaces

Start by installing stamped, stenciled or stained concrete patios and walkways to establish the

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Outdoor Shades | Custom Window Shades

COVID-19 UPDATE: How Blinds.com is preparing & responding.

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Outdoor Living Construction, Pool & Patio

 Your home is a reflection of you, an expression of your creativity. It all starts with the moment you arrive home, that first impression. At Creative Boundaries, we specialize in making your Outdoor Living project a special part of your home.

Creative Boundaries is a full-service outdoor contractor offering design consultation through specialty exterior construction. We have helped homeowners in Coppell, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Southlake, Frisco – and other Dallas suburbs – realize their dream home. From custom patio structures and pergolas, to spectacular stonework and decorative concrete, opulent outdoor kitchens and living spaces. Most importantly, we work closely with each homeowner to truly understand their expectations and vision for the project. Then we work hard to exceed it.

To us, each outdoor living project, no matter how big or small, is an opportunity to create something unique. Creative Boundaries looks at angles and lighting and textures as they

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Outdoor living rooms remain extremely popular special function room

immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – September 18, 2017 – For the sixth consecutive year,
outdoor living rooms have taken the top spot in terms of growing consumer
interest among special function rooms. Following in second and third for
special function rooms are mud rooms and home offices, respectively, as interest
in these spaces has seemingly plateaued.
These are some of the findings from The American Institute of
Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey covering activity during the second
quarter of 2017 that focused on emerging home features, systems and

“Prior to the housing downturn, home offices maintained a solid hold as the
most requested special function room,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker,
PhD, Hon. AIA.  “Obviously new home
technology offerings have influenced residential design trends, but the impact
of the Great Recession can still be seen through homeowner interest in better
use of existing space.”

All the

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Georgia Exterior Design | Outdoor Living All Year Long


Decorative Concrete | Underdecking | Kitchens, Fire Places & Pits

Decorative Concrete and Restoration

Stamping | Resurfacing | Staining

With Georgia Exterior Design, your options to customize with color, design, and finishes are virtually limitless. We offer custom resurfaced overlays, including stamping and staining, at half the cost of other materials. And because most projects are an overlay over existing concrete, jobs go quicker, with a lot less mess and upheaval. When you’re ready to transform your space, choose the people with experience as solid as the materials we use.


Affordable | Durable | Simple Maintenance

Quality of outdoor living…

With our underdecking system you can gain control of your outdoor living space. This underdecking system is durable and easy to maintain unlike other systems. Built out of high grade aluminum this underdecking will last years and maintain its original look. This state of the art underdecking was designed

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20+ Classy Living Rooms Design Ideas That Integrated With Outdoor Spaces

Creating a comfortable, stylish space outside is easier then ever. Today’s consumer has an array of furniture and accessory options to turn almost any patio space into an outdoor living room. From comfortable deep seating to rugs, lamps, fire pits and more — the choices are almost endless.Start with the main seating or dining pieces of furniture. A sectional seating group is so comfortable and easily movable. If dining is what you need, focus on that particular area. There is always room around your pool or deck for chaises or lounges. You can begin to build your space from there.

Rugs make a fantastic addition to any seating area. Stylish patterns and colors are available to match everyone’s tastes. Durable and long lasting materials makes the outdoor rug a simple decision. For a little more flair, choose some throw pillows in matching or contrasting fabric. Many designs and patterns are

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Outdoor Living Rooms | Case Design/Remodeling MD/DC/NoVA

Summertime means outdoor living by creating comfortable outdoor living spaces, whether it’s through a permanent remodel or a seasonal sun shade.

If you have an outdoor living space that’s underused or just an urge to spend more time relaxing outside, you can make the most of your home’s exterior on long summer days by creating outdoor rooms.


This Case Design outdoor dining room creates a shady oasis with a country view. An open, covered area without the cost of windows, heating, or infrastructure for power or water can be an affordable, yet luxury, home improvement.

Image courtesy of Logan’s Hammer Building and Renovation.

This state-of-the-art Seattle-area sun porch has all the amenities of an indoor room: a grill with ventilation, running water, refrigeration, fireplace, flatscreen, ceiling fans, and even space heaters.

An outdoor room living room, kitchen, dining area, or even a bedroom can be created out of any number

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How To Build An Outdoor Fireplace (& Save $1,000’s)

An outdoor fireplace can be both a beautiful and functional asset – plus add value to a home. It provides the perfect focal point for entertaining, and it offers warmth at the same time.

Not only that, but outdoor fireplaces can instantly upgrade the sophistication of a patio. When positioned right, they can extend the usable square footage of your home outward – making it appear that your home is larger.

When you look at it this way, permanent stone fireplaces are more of an “investment” in your property, because when you go to sell your home, the increased value can essentially cover the cost you paid for the installation.

All that said, we don’t want to pay more than we need to. According to Improvenet.com, a professionally installed outdoor fireplace can cost up to $20,000!

How to Save Money on an Outdoor Fireplace…

SunJoy Stone FireplaceSunjoy Mornington Fireplace – Under $1,500

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