Midcentury homes celebrate the indoor-outdoor connection in style, with flowing spaces and walls of windows among their many admired qualities. In California, where outdoor living can happen nearly year-round, this midcentury modern home renovated by Lucile Glessner Design embraces that connection, with a patio and fire pit flowing off the home’s main living space.
The patio’s pebbles and concrete pavers reinforce the home’s geometry, while the furniture and fire pit add more midcentury atomic style.
Though the fire feature is often a backyard focal point, it can also serve as a backdrop, as shown in this Spanish-style patio in Malibu, California. Renovated by Interior Archaeology, the courtyard centers on the cozy outdoor dining setup. The tile-framed fireplace anchors the back wall, bisecting the built-in outdoor kitchen counter.
This elegant fire pit echoes the linear quality of the home’s surrounding features. Its extra-wide ledge leaves a place for guests to prop up their feet or rest a drink, and its semi-rugged stone surround calls to the woodland setting.
The long fire feature, which sits on an expansive elevated patio overlooking a golf course, also allows more people to admire the view while they enjoy the heat from the flames.
This stylish, sophisticated space in the Arizona desert sets the scene with clean lines and a classic black-and-white color pairing. Two hanging benches add stylish comfort without weighing down the design from ArchitecTor, PC with bulky, heavy furniture pieces. A sampling of green throw pillows ties in the colors of the potted plants and the giant saguaro cactus in the desert beyond.
Nestled into the hillside of a San Francisco Bay Area backyard, this covered patio by B. Gordon Builders features oversize wicker furniture, standout potted plants and an impressive wood-and-stone shade structure. At night, elegant downlights, hanging heaters and a roaring fire allow the party to extend past sunset.
This Washington backyard designed by Urban Oasis Design & Construction has the ultimate setup for outdoor entertaining, including a built-in bar and grill, multiple seating and eating areas, string lights and patio heaters. A freestanding gas fire bowl draws guests farther into the yard, where they’re sure to linger in the oversize cushioned club chairs surrounding it.
In Carpinteria, California, landscape designer and contractor Margie Grace built a backyard fire pit area that calls to the beach beyond. She trucked in sand for the floor, used the existing rock riprap as the foundation for the built-in bench and filled the gas fire pit with beach glass-like fire glass.
Maysun Wells, a local artisan and owner of Wells Concrete Works, made the furniture with ipe wood and cast concrete, embedded with sea glass, aggregate and fossil shells. The pieces are weatherproof and heavy enough to sustain the exposed coastal conditions.
Wicker furniture, neutral hues, gray wood siding and crisp white trim contribute to this Minnesota home’s classic coastal style. In the cool-toned space designed by Studio M Interiors, the hefty stone fireplace adds a physical and visual warming element, its gray rock surround complementing the room’s color scheme while injecting a textural contrast.
In Thousand Oaks, California, JRP Design & Remodel designed this covered patio to make the homeowners feel like they’re on a permanent vacation. A full kitchen, cushy outdoor furniture and a fireplace add to the poolside lounge’s luxe resort-like feel.
The designers aimed for a Mediterranean vibe, incorporating warm-toned stone, dark-stained wood and custom details like the fireplace grill and matching hanging lanterns.