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If you can't add onto your home, a freestanding pavilion is a good alternative. Plus, it allows for more fanciful design, as it doesn't have to tie in to the style of the home. Such was the case for this handsome oasis. A formal stone and grass path leads visitors through the lawn to the pavilion's arbor entrance. Slate tile creates a smooth surface for the dining room floor. A fence provides a boundary for the space, setting it apart as an outdoor room.
Sometimes a problem can be turned into an asset. Rugged terrain determined the gracious, curved shape of this patio. It is easily accessible from the house through French doors. Large windows allow views of the patio to be enjoyed from indoor spaces as well. Lush plantings follow the curves, creating a quiet garden escape.
This handsome pavilion began life as a garage in an area with strict building codes that prevented adding any new structures. Open on all sides, the pavilion, with a glass-block ceiling, can be enclosed with screening to keep insects at bay. During the winter, it can be transformed back into a carport.
French doors provide a welcome transition to an outdoor room that invites guests to linger in the breeze while enjoying a sense of shelter. Extending the fireplace hearth separates the space from the yard and creates additional seating. The prominent roof framework draws the eye toward the fireplace.
A pavilion and pool turn a drab yard into an outdoor oasis. For convenience, the pavilion is outfitted with a small kitchen area. The combination of stone, wood, and copper reflects the details in the home. In time, the copper chimney that extends from the standing-seam metal roof will develop a green patina that will further integrate it with the garden.
FULL YEAR just $5.99