10 Inspirational Outdoor Spaces

From decks to covered patios, we share 10 of our all-time favorite outdoor living areas.

A large open-air covered deck is the perfect place to sit and take in the mountain views. The stacked-stone fireplace also creates the feeling of an outdoor living room. Photo by Karl Neumann.

This double-sided fireplace serves as a natural divider between the patio’s seating and dining areas. Cushioned chairs lend color and comfort, while a durable dining set and accessories give an indoor feel without the added maintenance. Photo by Steve Tague.

A large pool, hot tub and covered patio area create a spacious outdoor living space in this lakeside timber home. Photo by Roger Wade.

This outdoor fireplace makes the covered-porch space an intimate indoor/outdoor living area that can be used throughout the year. Photo by Roger Wade.

The wraparound deck on this single-room, 35-foot-high fire tower in western Montana is made from reclaimed barn wood and features extra-long overhangs to ensure guests can enjoy the space, rain or shine. Photo by Heidi Long.

Nothing draws a party outside quite like a warm, toasty fire. In this Washington home, a full-size fireplace made from local glacial stone creates a gathering spot and instant focal point in the outdoor area. Photo by Roger Wade.

In this Washington timber home, Douglas fir rafters project the roofline, framing this cozy sitting area, complete with firepit. Photo by Heidi Long.

This covered deck outside of the great room has its own gas fireplace, creating a comfortable and private retreat even when the weather is chilly. Photo by Roger Wade.

Reclaimed materials paired with a stunning view are a winning combination in this open porch. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods.

This deck space offers several covered areas framed in western red cedar for al fresco entertaining. Opening off the living room, the main porch offers an outdoor fireplace of native stacked stone and a candle chandelier for a cozy feel in any weather. Photo by Roger Wade.