In Palo Alto, California, a traditional Eichler home was renovated in a manner consistent with its original philosophy: to "bring the outside in." Incorporating disappearing glass walls and an outdoor kitchen and living room, the transition from interior to exterior is seamless.
Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Toronto residents Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution, and with room to spare for a 16-foot-wide backyard complete with a garden and dining area.
At their house and flower farm in Los Angeles’s Glassell Park, Laura Gabbert and Andrew Avery bring friends, family, and a fleet of urban gardeners together for the classic indoor-outdoor party. Gatherings tend toward the casual, with kid-friendly hangouts on the back patio.
A couple gets their hands dirty in Brooklyn by rehabilitating a 19th-century tenement to reveal decades of layers and scores of possibilities. The rooftop terrace finds much use in the warmer months, when the couple can use their Alabama Joe's barbecue and dining area at full capacity.
Childhood gardens and outdoor play inspired the renovation of the backyard in this Los Feliz home.
A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek. Here the resident, Achilleas and his friend Jovi tend the grill, which was Achilleas’s own design and is supported by a concrete beam—cast with slate stones embedded in it—just above the opening.
Smitten from the start with a 1970s concrete villa in rural Belgium, a resident and her designer embark on a sensitive renovation. The dining room leads onto a terrace with a built-in concrete table and barbecue that are original to the 1972 design.
Passionate cooks, Bill and Abbie Burton had a custom Grillery fireplace-barbecue built into the concrete block wall on the deck at their Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house in Mendocino County.
When it comes to creativity, this former tavern in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? A rainwater catching system irrigates the rooftop garden, which also has a shaded dining area and grill.
Custom woodwork and an open interior define a 520-square-foot backyard retreat for a busy family. Boasting a sauna, an outdoor shower, an 8x10-foot hot tub, a built-in fire pit and a grill, this backyard is the ultimate grown-up playground.
Located off the great room of this Anna Maria Island, Florida, beach house, the exterior porch is clad in locally milled cypress.
A sliding window between the kitchen and the barbecue area makes outdoor cooking a cinch at this oceanfront home in Australia.