In the spirit of summertime, we encourage everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. For many, this means heading to beach resorts, taking camping trips, or lounging at a favorite lakeside retreat. We want to inspire clients to continue that relaxed vacation vibe in their own home.
Easily extend any living space to enjoy being outside with these awesome deck design ideas, and take a mini-vacation to the patio whenever the time is right.
Swing open the kitchen window for deckside service.
Photo by Kelley Flynn Interior Design – Look for deck pictures
This fabulous layout makes it hard to decipher between indoor and outdoor living space and is highly functional. The chef in the kitchen can still enjoy conversation and company while preparing meals and serving up libations through the open window. Wood plank flooring seamlessly connects the indoor living room with the outdoor socializing space, as does the neutral color scheme.
Create the perfect poolside dining experience.
With a second kitchen and all the necessary accouterments poolside, there’s no reason to miss a minute with family and friends. Stay outside all day while guests swim in the pool and then serve up a freshly prepared meal al fresco. Waterproof wood flooring is ideal for wet feet, and granite countertops can easily withstand the weather.
Create your own version of Italian countryside dining.
Who says a beautifully tiled floor can’t go beyond the indoor walls? This gorgeous patio feels like a vacation home retreat. Sip your morning coffee outdoors in this relaxing space or serve dinner for eight as you watch the sun set beyond the cypress trees. The tiled floor is perfect for withstanding heat or rain, and stays cool on bare feet. The black and white color scheme from overhead to underfoot is soothing and classic.
Stacked stone adds a natural texture to indoor/outdoor living spaces.
Natural elements like stacked stone and knotty wood ceiling planks create a cabin-like atmosphere, even if you’re in the middle of a metropolis. This indoor/outdoor retreat offers a cozy setting with a beautiful view into nature and a fireplace for chilly, late summer and early fall evenings. The cooking area has a built-in gas grill and stone countertop that is both aesthetically and functionally pleasing.
Eat, drink, relax, and invite the neighborhood to stay for dinner.
Sometimes poolside entertaining calls for extreme measures, and we mean that in a good way. When you’ve got the best backyard in the neighborhood, a simple outdoor grill won’t cut it. Preparing meals for the masses calls for a full-blown outdoor kitchen, complete with ample cabinet space and built-in refrigeration to keep food and beverages cold on hot summer days. This galley kitchen with a raised serving counter is easily accessible and spacious. The outdoor shower and recessed TV screen make this poolside patio the perfect outdoor retreat on game day, or any day.