At this minimal Dutch home, the interior flooring (a custom mixed shade of Invedra concrete) was also used on the patios, which help facilitate the indoor-outdoor cohesion.
Looking back on this renovated London Victorian from the concrete patio, its verticality becomes apparent. The zinc, cedar, and glass extension erupts from the base of the old brick envelope—diminutive but disruptive.
At this indoor-outdoor home in Mexico, concrete floors are polished on the inside, and kept rough on the outside.
One of the client’s main requests for this San Diego renovation was a large pool to replace the existing asphalt backyard. Artist Nate Schnell painted an energetic mural that contrasts with the gray of the concrete.
A pool is framed by angular concrete paths at a desert escape in California.
The residents of this converted industrial compound use a concrete pavilion for outdoor dining. From there, the property opens to a small courtyard, and finally culminates at the main house.
This scenic country house, which is located near Oxford, England, is clad in cedar. Composite timber and aluminum windows maintain the house’s connection with the countryside, as does the petite concrete patio that wraps around two of its sides.
This Australian addition’s polished concrete floor and white cladding extend into the garden, drawing occupants to the serene rear patio. There, they can relax on stools designed by Alvar Aalto and Charles Wilson while admiring the luscious greenery.
In fall, the color of this backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, changes daily with the foliage. Resident Elizabeth Birdsall marvels how new outdoor spaces on her property, like a concrete patio furnished with upholstered seating from Gloster, make enjoying the woods an easy experience: “It’s like comfortable camping, all the time.”
A picnic table from Janus et Cie sits off the kitchen at this woodland sanctuary; the landscape architecture is by Richard D. Wood. In addition to passive solar, says Hawkins, “there is the added benefit of a thick concrete slab as a thermal mass that absorbs and stores the heat from the sun.”