Building on a view lot? You can do so much better than a single little porch or patio. These designs all incorporate multiple types of outdoor living to capture the sights from every angle.

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  Photo by Designs by Todd W.
  Reed, Inc
Photo by Designs by Todd W. Reed, Inc

A beautiful wraparound porch welcomes owners and guests to this great stone-and-shingle home, which has drawn a lot of attention online. The large country kitchen has a breakfast nook with a built-in banquette and opens to the screened porch, where buyers will find a cozy fireplace. Decks flank this space to give owners a variety of outdoor living spaces. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Partially Screened Wraparound Porch

Designed by Visbeen Architects, this home’s main level is nearly surrounded on all four sides by a wraparound porch, which offers a screened-in section at the back of the house and an outdoor bar, easily served from the kitchen inside. The living, dining, and kitchen areas share this level with the spacious master suite. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Courtyard, Terrace, and More

Photo by David LiaBraaten
Photo by David LiaBraaten
Photo by David LiaBraaten
Photo by David LiaBraaten


With three luxurious master suites and four bedrooms in all, this handsome, traditional lodge-styled home has room for friends or extended family to vacation comfortably. Many traditional Craftsman details such as wood beams, decorative trusses, and exposed rafter tails make the home a natural fit for a mountain, lakeside, or golf course setting. The great room opens almost completely to the back terrace, with more outdoor living on the covered patio outside the dining room and on the deck upstairs. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Lanai + Atrium

Upon entering this sleek home, guests are greeted with a terrific view of the large rear lanai space with its outdoor fireplace and built-in grill area. A curving wall of windows defines one side of the family room, which connects on the other to the huge kitchen with an eating bar. An atrium connects the laundry room with the master suite's enormous walk-in closet, making it a snap to do laundry. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Courtyard Connections


Designed around a courtyard with a pool and waterfall, this striking modern home emphasizes indoor/outdoor connections. The L-shaped layout features large windows and sliding doors that look out to the pool area and outdoor kitchen. In the indoor kitchen, the cooktop island provides seating for six. Upstairs, the luxurious master suite boasts a sundeck, a spacious private bathroom, and a large walk-in closet that opens directly to the laundry room. Two additional bedrooms share a hall bath and use of the sitting area. Above the detached garage, a fourth bedroom makes a great guest suite or private office. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Deck Above, Patio Below

Perfect for a sloping lot, this gorgeous getaway home boasts tons of room for family and friends to relax. On the main level, the kitchen is topped by a beamed ceiling and offers space to prepare meals and hang out with a central island, a snack counter, and even a beautiful octagonal breakfast nook that looks out to the impressive deck. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Hot Tub on the Veranda

Photo courtesy of Living Concepts Home Plans
Photo courtesy of Living Concepts Home Plans


Photo courtesy of Living Concepts Home Plans
Photo courtesy of Living Concepts Home Plans

Varying rooflines and arched windows complement the brick and stone of this French Country home. Inside, a generous gathering room has a fireplace and the island kitchen accesses a screened porch. The master bedroom is located on the right, complete with a walk-in closet, separate tub and shower, dual vanities, and a sitting area that leads to the veranda, which can hold a hot tub. Downstairs, two bedrooms each have a full bath and doors to another veranda. A wet bar and wine cellar make the space perfect for entertaining. The top level harbors a bonus room, full bath, and study loft. See more images, information, and the floor plan.