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October 15, 2015
These concrete patios are perfect for autumnal barbecues or just taking in the changing foliage.
Blackened Timber Dutch Home patio off of entrance

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. 

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Originally appeared in This Blackened Timber House Triumphantly Emerges After a Fire
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House of Books concrete patio

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.

 

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Originally appeared in This Dramatic London Renovation Boasts a Five-Story Bookcase
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Meztitla house concrete patio

At this indoor-outdoor home in Mexico, concrete floors are polished on the inside, and kept rough on the outside.

 

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Originally appeared in This Super Green Home in Mexico Embraces Nature Through Huge Pivoting Glass Doors
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Pool at a renovated San Diego house

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. 

 

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Originally appeared in A Dull Stucco Home Becomes a Modern California Oasis
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Pool and patio at the Yucca Valley house

pool is framed by angular concrete paths at a desert escape in California

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Concrete outdoor pavilion in San Francisco

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.

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Originally appeared in This Couple Resists Demolition and Revives an Abandoned Compound
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Oxford House exterior facade

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. 

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Annandale Home addition view from backyard garden

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.

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Originally appeared in Renovation Near Sydney Opens Home Onto a Lush Garden
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modern backyard concrete patio sofa terrace

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.”

 

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Originally appeared in How This Landscape Design Made a Home as Fun as a Playground
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Bancroft residence concrete patio with picnic bench.

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.” 

 

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Blackened Timber Dutch Home patio off of entrance

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. 

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