Photo Gallery: Outdoor Spaces
Photo Gallery, which follows, is a regular feature of NAHB HouseKeys, the consumer-oriented e-newsletter from NAHB for home owners and prospective home owners.
Photo Gallery showcases a portfolio of homes, with each feature focusing on a different theme. The feature that follows, which was originally published in NAHB HouseKeys on July 19, showcases outdoor spaces — ingeniously designed areas that allow home owners to enjoy the best of the indoors in the beauty of the outdoors.
This outdoor kitchen and entertaining space, as seen in the 2006 New American Home in Orlando, Fla., was built by Hannigan Homes, Inc. The space features retractable screens and walls of doors that slide into hidden pockets so the outside can flow easily into inside of the home.
At the 2007 Renewed American Home overlooking Lake Eola in downtown Orlando, remodelers PSG Construction, Inc. added this outdoor area next to a garage/mother-in-law suite to increase living space and provide a conversation area.
Village, a new development by Monte Hewett Homes in metro Atlanta, patios feature fireplaces — a growing trend in outdoor living spaces.
For those seeking creative ideas, the following images from the "Backyard Idea Book, by Lee Ann White (Taunton Press, 2004), show just how different and unique outdoor living can be.
Here, the home owners have taken full advantage of their water views by creating a lush garden wonderland. Photo by Steve Silk, Taunton Press.
The creation of this space shows how dining outdoors can be elegant — with absolutely no need for a picnic basket or blanket, of course. Photo by Anne Gummerson.
Even small spaces can become personal retreats when designed appropriately. Plants and flowers add to this courtyard's serenity. Photo by Lee Ann White.
Personal touches, such as sculptures and a porch swing, transforms this patio into a unique — and artful — gathering area. Photo by Dency Kane.
The next Photo Gallery will showcase kitchens. To submit homes for consideration, e-mail Niki Clark at NAHB. Put "Photo Gallery: Kitchens" in the subject line of the e-mail.
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