Patios

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Outdoor Warmth

    This brick fireplace fills the patio with warmth and glow year-round. It also houses an entertainment center, hidden behind weather- and heat-protected copper doors.

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Freestanding Pavilion

    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.

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Soften with Curving Lines

    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.

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Convert Space as Needed

    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.

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Create an Outdoor Room

    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.

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Connect Indoors and Out

    Sometimes the best solution is the simplest. Here, a simple pergola supported by columns provides a softer transition from the home to the outdoors. French doors, bracketed by small-pane sidelights and windows, provide easy outdoor access.

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Poolside Retreat

    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.

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