Backyards

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces Author: Style At Home

Backyards

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces


Finding the perfect home can be difficult no matter who you are. Whether you are a family of five or a single young professional, space versus cost can seem like an impossible equation. Try finding a decent outdoor space to go along with it and the hunt becomes exponentially more difficult.
  To prove that all hope is not lost, we've rounded up 11 beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces to inspire you. Whether you live among great plains or towering urban highrises, these spaces have been designed as the perfect place to relax, entertain and dine out in the fresh air.
 

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11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

1 Modern rustic rooftop

Realtor Kara Reed managed the move from a house with a yard to an urban condo thanks to this incredible 400-square-foot rooftop terrace. With plenty of lush and vibrant greenery, a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, and enough room to relax and entertain, her rustic oasis is the definition of outdoor living. Tour the rest of this rooftop here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

2 Chic courtyard

This former concrete parking spot was transformed into the ultimate living space to suit these homeowners’ needs. By taking advantage of every inch of the 12’ x 19’ courtyard, they were able to expand the existing porch, create a comfortable eating and entertaining area, as well as a lush garden. Tour the rest of this courtyard here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

3 Polished casual balcony

For a Toronto condo, any outdoor space is a gift, big or small. Despite it’s modest and awkward-shaped 98-square-feet of space, it is a comfortable and low maintenance outdoor roomthat’s ready to entertain at a moment’s notice. Tour the rest of this balcony here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

4 Chic California terrace

This Californian terrace shows the importance that drapery can play in your decor, both inside and outside. Neutral cotton canvas drapes pull back to expose an alfresco outdoor room. When closed, however, the wrought-iron chandeliers and fireplace(not shown) create an intimate and elegant lounge. Tour the rest of this terrace here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

Bright contemporary deck

Nothing makes an outdoor space feel more like home than luxe accessories and artwork. Made for dining and entertaining, this outdoor retreatis centered around a large canvas painting hung on the aged brick wall, decorative candleholders and comfortable armchairs for all. Tour the rest of this deck here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

6 Cheerful eclectic courtyard

Come on over and take a seat in this eclectic and colourfulcourtyard that can brighten any cloudy West Coast day. Homeowner Jillian Harris wanted a space that was welcoming and instilled happiness in her guests, so she opted for vibrant colours and touches of greenery all around. Tour the rest of this courtyard here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

7 Bold minimal balcony

Perched off of a modern urban condo, this balcony contrasts the concrete and frosted-glass with its weathered-teak furnishings and bold colour paletteof blues, greens and turquoise. Tour the rest of this balcony here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Angus Fergusson Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

8 Garden oasis

When looking for the ultimate outdoor retreatat home, Rosie and Paul Daykin got it right. Large cedar trees, ferns and hostas create a peaceful pathway reminiscent of a well-groomed forest, still leaving room for a spacious dining terrace, sitting area, and water feature. Tour the rest of this oasis here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

9 Georgian-style terrace

Taking its inspiration from the Georgian-style architecture of the home, this outdoor space is the perfect setting for a sophisticated garden party. From the covered terrace with towering columns to the pavilion’s 14’ by 8’ trellis, there is plenty of room to entertain, rain or shine. Tour the rest of this terrace here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Andreas Trauttsmansdorff Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

10 Chic modern balcony

Bringing the same aesthetic from inside, this condo balcony design continues the clean and modern style with a Saarinen-style dining tableand chairs, complete with a marble top. Tour the rest of this balcony here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Style at Home

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces

11 Contemporary backyard

The strategy for this urban backyard was to create distinct and separate spaces for entertaining. By utilizing paving stones to frame areas and feather reed grass to create subtle “room” dividers, this long and narrow lot is elevated to contemporary sanctuary. Tour the rest of this backyard here.

By: Elaine Song Source: Michael Graydon Credits: Style at Home
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Backyards

11 inspiring outdoor living spaces