9 Outdoor Rooms
Extend your living space!
“The wraparound bench works well for groups and doesn’t obstruct the view. We built it in a weekend with some friends. The tiki umbrellas were a great find at Shoppers Drug Mart, if you can believe it,” says homeowner Karyn Gordon.
“To extend our living space, we added this side deck. We eat almost every meal outside — the food just tastes better. A firepit close-by warms us up on chilly nights. We saved money on the table, which had a little ding in it,” says Karyn.
The cottagey exterior of this shed provides the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining, complete with beautiful stagecoach-style lanterns that cast a romantic glow. With the garden shed in such close proximity to the alfresco dining area, it makes for a great staging and serving area, limiting trips back and forth from the house.
Low slung furniture in the lounging area and a tailored dining canopy help define separate spaces. Various levels of stone pavers add interest.
The curtains on the large dining canopy can be left open when the sun is shining or closed off on rainy days, extending the family’s time spent outside. A candlelit iron chandelier creates an intimate glow for late-evening dinners.
Artist Martha Sturdy and her husband David Wardle left the exterior unchanged when they purchased this cottage on Preston Island, B.C., adding only the granite fireplace and patio. Martha’s son Jordan, a farmer in Pemberton, gave her flats of thyme; she planted it between the rocks to give off a beautiful herbaceous smell. Her brother constructed the cedar table and benches.
Cowhide pillows bring a playful touch to the decor on Martha and David’s deck. A clear barrier to the water means none of the stunning views are obstructed.
Furniture groupings create separate rooms in this Vancouver backyard. When night falls, guests instinctively congregate in the area around the firepit, which acts as an outdoor living room all summer. Lights in the pool, cabana and firepit area cast an ethereal glow.
Huge concrete pillars and beams frame the backyard dining space. Heaters on the beams keep the area warm in cool weather. Homeowners Marta Triginer and Michael Kirsh and their family dine here comfortably year-round.