A few of our favorite outdoor rooms provide hints and tips for creating an urban escape.
Family room doors pivot open for easy access to the patio.
The carpet's grasslike texture and hue help unify indoors and out.
Living wallsLiving walls
Sedums fill modular cells for a living outdoor wall.
Living wall how-to
Out of sightOut of sight
A vine-covered fence makes a leafy backdrop for a phormium and hides a carport.
A piece of shadeA piece of shade
A sunscreen and light fixture are supported by a pole (wiring runs through it) set directly into the dining table. This greatly extends the usability of the space by making it comfortable during the day and bright at night.
Outdoor dining rooms
Louvered windows add texture, and, from indoors, frame the yard.
Space saverSpace saver
Wide wooden stairs up to the front door serve as bonus seating for parties.
Secret soakSecret soak
A hot tub is hidden away in a corner behind Australian brushwood fencing.
Light it upLight it up
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