Ideas for Outdoor Living

Design your dream patio or porch, check out your favorite pools, or steal an idea for dress up your outdoor space.

15 Idea-Filled Patios & Porches

Life on the coast means spending more time outside than in. Create the perfect hangout with ideas from these gorgeous spaces.

White couches in this open-air living room open up to amazing view of the ocean.
Photo by Claudio Santini

Focus on the View

The seascape steals the show in this indoor/outdoor space. When the transition is seamless, you can enjoy storm watching and stargazing from a box-seat perch.

• Skip the railing altogether (if building codes permit) so you can soak up maximum scenery.

• Consider white. Here, a pale palette makes the bright blue sea all the more brilliant.

• Install pocket doors to transform an interior room into an open-air retreat. First, though, check on site conditions such as wind direction, sea spray, and bugs.

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