The blissful outdoor areas of these homes from the Dwell community are a breath of fresh air. Featuring wooden patios, elevated gardens, and glass pavilions, take a peek at our editor's top picks for backyards that encourage relaxation.
Architect: SHED Architecture + Design, Location: Seattle, Washington
From the architect: “The homeowners came from a culture with a tradition of courtyard houses so creating comfortable outdoor spaces with free-flowing connections to the interior living areas was paramount. The social family chef wanted the kitchen to occupy a central and commanding position in the house with easy access to the backyard patio.”
2. 1532 House
Architect: Fougeron Architecture, Location: San Francisco, California
From the architect: “The 1532 House has seven outdoor spaces, all with distinct qualities and views. Decks, walkways, and gardens unfurl around the living areas, heightening the visual complexity of the structure and its site.”
Landscape designer: SCULPT Gardens, Location: San Francisco, California
From the landscape designer: “This multi-tiered ‘party pad’ has five levels that were strategically carved into the hillside for epic views. Out went 400 cubic yards of soil, in came 130 cubic yards of concrete to create the wide board-formed concrete walls. Plants were snuck into every possible corner to soften, create ambience, and screen the city vibes.”
Architect: CCS Architecture, Location: Mill Valley, California
From the architect: “The site was the inspiration and the guiding element for the architecture: vast views of Mt. Tamalpais, intimate connections to groves of redwood trees, and a steep incline. Given its location, stepping up the hillside and squeezed between redwoods, the home is stratified into three levels. The top floor contains two bedrooms, a home office, and a ramped bridge that leads to an upper yard and pool.”
5. Re-Gen House
Architect: EKAR Architects, Location: Bangkok, Thailand
From the architect: “A traditional Thai house in general is composed of a variety of small detached-houses in which each small family lives, and a patio in a middle of the houses, which connects each family together. The gap between the swimming pool and the elevated yard allows a tree from the ground floor to grow [and] sunlight to stream through a glass [gardening] pavilion underneath.”
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