Houzz Users’ Favourite Outdoor Photos from Around the World
As warmer weather approaches, be inspired by last year’s most-saved garden and outdoor photos
Featured here are the most-saved garden and outdoor photos uploaded within each country and saved by users around the world (including in that country) between January 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022, catching summer favourites from both the northern and southern hemispheres.
Australia has a fantastic climate for outdoor entertaining, as this design by Grindstone Landscapes suggests. While a barbecue on a deck was once considered sufficient for cooking, full-service kitchens that include fridges, sinks and even pizza ovens, are now gaining in popularity.
With very hot summers, shade is essential and a fan to circulate air is a desirable extra. Here, travertine paving complements the contemporary colour palette of this custom-made kitchen and dining space.
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Biotop Landschaftsgestaltung specialises in natural swimming pools, and created this dreamy set-up for a home in the state of Styria, Austria. The wooden terrace offers a view of the water cascading down to a small timber reading hut.
For even more of a holiday feel, there’s a small sunbathing island in the middle of this 300 sq m lake. The water is cleaned biologically, with no added chemicals.
Homes in the south of France are always beloved by users. This stunning garden belongs to a guest house in Vaison-la-Romaine, Provence. Standout features include its beautiful swimming pool and gorgeous view of the vineyard below.
This home’s owners asked Skandella Architektur for a minimalist and clearly structured front garden design. Grasses at varying heights, a variety of shrubs and Corten steel borders give the plot a calming sense of order.
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This contemporary outdoor space by McKiernan Architects has been designed to fit in effortlessly with the new side extension. Conceptualising the two spaces as one enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors and allows for a seamless transition between the two.
A cool white and grey colour palette visually links the spaces and the fuss-free green planting palette is streamlined and modern.
This garden has all the classic gems of a Tuscan landscape: gentle hills, expansive wilderness, and a historic farm house that mixes traditional architecture with the feeling of balanced living.
Architect Alessandra Cipriani has chosen to maintain and restore the classic beauty of the stone façade and the traditional interiors, keepings its historic feel alive.
Thirty years ago, this oceanside villa was designed by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007), one of the founders of the Metabolist movement, and constructed by a famous craftsman, Sotoji Nakamura (1906-1997).
Hannat Architects studied the thinking and techniques of these two masters when they renovated a bathroom in the house and added the modern deck overlooking the Pacific ocean. Lights under the deck and along the villa’s outer walls create a soft glow.
This home is a masterclass in how to preserve a traditional wooden sukiya-zukuri style house while adding modern charm and comforts.
A hardwood deck is considered an essential in New Zealand. This vast platform, which wraps around a contemporary home by Designpoint Architecture, creates many opportunities for relaxing outdoors, from family meals to chatting and reading to undertaking some repotting.
This photo revels in the wonderful warmth of earth tones and the muted greens of the almond and fig trees that are so characteristic of the island of Formentera, where this home by Marià Castelló is located.
The ceramic latticework that defines the entrance and the transition between the social and private areas of the house lets the sun’s rays gently filter into the interior.
This house was a dream come true for its two young owners, who live here year-round, but who wouldn’t fall in love with a landscape like this, and a home that respects and sits in dialogue with its natural surroundings?
This contemporary patio by Zulufish is tucked away on the lower-ground floor of a Victorian terraced house in London.
The petite space makes clever use of the exterior walls by integrating a bench into the raised planting beds. Vertical timber cladding creates privacy, while a light colour palette ensures the small space feels bright and inviting.
Accessed via sliding glass doors from the dining room, the courtyard feels like a seamless extension of the interior.
Indoor-outdoor features are popular in California homes, as residents relish the region’s mostly pleasant weather and look for ways to make the most of their living spaces. This San Francisco-area home designed by Libby Raab Architecture and built by Supple Homes takes the experience one step further with an outdoor shower, which the homeowners wanted for showering under the stars and rinsing off after dips in their hot tub.
The landscape design by Elements Landscape addresses the region’s warm, dry climate with low-water grasses and permeable gravel that contribute to a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant garden. Precast hexagonal concrete pavers lead to a backyard patio designed for dining, lounging and barbecuing.
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