Outdoor rooms extend the living space-and offer the best views on site. These shining examples just might inspire you to create your own.
1 of 8Shelley Metcalf
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A seating group seems to float at the edge of the infinity pool and the ocean.
Resources: Mission Pools by G. Bruce Dunn, Escondido, CA; 760/743-2605.
2 of 8Victoria Cooper
An outdoor room can be as simple as a dock and a couple of Adirondack chairs.
Resources: Jay Graham, Graham Landscape Architecture, Annapolis, MD; 410/269-5886.
3 of 8Claudio Santini
This unobstructed vista leaves little to the imagination, and we like it that way.
Resources: Most furnishings as well as interior design services available through Donna Poseley, Island Essence Interiors (I.E.I.), Lahaina, Maui; 808/661-6781.
4 of 8Claudio Santini
Breath of Fresh Air
This indoor/outdoor room brings new meaning to breezy style.
Resources: Most furnishings as well as interior design services available through Donna Poseley, Island Essence Interiors (I.E.I.), Lahaina, Maui; 808/661-6781. Architecture by Hugh J. Farrington, Kihei, Maui; 808/244-6777. Leather trunk table by Milling Road, kohlerinteriors.com.
5 of 8Sylvia Martin
Sunrise to sunset, these are the best seats in the house.
Resources: Paint by Behr Premium Plus: trim and railing in Antique White 1423, porch floor in Burlap PEC-42; 800/854-0133 or behr.com. Outdoor furniture by Tidewater Workshop, 800/666-8433 or tidewaterworkshop.com. Pillow fabric by Schumacher, available to trade only. Baskets and glasses from Pier 1 Imports, 800/245-4595 or pier1.com. Shirt by Woolrich, woolrich.com.
6 of 8Dan Snipes
Feast for the Senses
This sweeping staircase leads to a Mediterranean-style garden with an awe-inspiring view of the northern Laguna coast.
Resources: Theresa Clark Landscape Architect, Capistrano Beach, CA; 949/248-5404.
7 of 8Shelley Metcalf
We can think of only one reason to leave this cliffside spot … for the camera!