The residents didn't want to use curtains to screen their wide-open home from noisy neighbors in their New York home. Instead, Kari Elwell Katzander of Mingo Design, an urban landscaper, created a living wall of wooden planters and English ivy that provides privacy without blocking light. Photo by Roland Bello.
A living wall along the rear patio adds a lush element to the indoor-outdoor flow of a Mexico City home.
A private raised patio in the small backyard extends and expands a 20-foot-wide San Francisco lot into the outdoors. Photo by Todd Hido.
California isn't known for its front porch culture, but Eric Grunbaum loves Venice's walk streets and their pedestrian vibe, so he employed landscape designer Stephanie Bartron to orient his small patio towards the street. The house itself acts as a windbreak, and lush patio furniture and a small fire pit turn what could have been another exercise in backyard solipsism into the home's most neighborly spot. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.
Resident Ben Watson, who works from home when he’s not traveling, likes to use the back patio as his office during warmer months. In choosing patio furniture, he decided on a reversal of the interior color palette: A rectangular white metal table and chairs by Richard Schultz are durable but refined while contrasting with the cedar deck. Photo by John Clark.