Patios, terraces, and porches are the outdoor extension of a home’s living space and a popular feature for the high-end home buyer of today. Outdoor living spaces may vary greatly in architectural design style, but common features found in these outdoor spaces are gourmet outdoor kitchens, exquisite natural stone installations, and comfortable all-season patio furniture.

A recent Trulia article, 10 Homes For Sale With Outdoor Kitchens, highlighted outdoor living spaces in some of America’s most pristine neighborhoods. From Malibu to Myrtle Beach, inspirational outdoor living spaces are popping up all across the U.S.

Big Green Egg

A wood pergola cuts the heat in this Carrollton, TX, neighborhood and adds an architectural design element to this basic backyard patio. While a relatively small space, the cozy outdoor kitchen and patio dining set are perfect for dining alfresco.

Bistro Dining Set

This screened-in porch in Houston, TX, allows for cooking outdoors while remaining insect free. The chef’s grill and cooktop makes grilling steak with all the sides a pleasing experience. Additionally, the pub height bistro dining set creates a casual dining experience for family and friends.

Outdoor Kitchen

This gourmet outdoor kitchen found in  Myrtle Beach, SC, is the type of outdoor space grill masters dream of. Complete with stacked stone, chef’s grill, vent hood, cooktop, warming drawers, and a sink, the grill master is ready to show off his or her grilling talents.

Wicker Outdoor Dining Set

Another magnificent Myrtle Beach, SC, outdoor living space is less about the grill master and more about relaxing with family and friends. This space is cohesive for watching the Sunday games, comfortably seated on the outdoor sectional sofa, while the kids play board games or computer games at the outdoor dining table.

Oregon Outdoor Kitchen

Wood beam tressels and a stacked stone fireplace are the focal point of this Bend, OR, patio. As fall approaches and cooler temperatures emerge, imagine yourself surrounded by family and friends enjoying the crisp night air in this amazing space.

California Outdoor Kitchen

This chateau inspired outdoor kitchen in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, is complete with stacked stone, Italian tile, chef’s grill, oversized under-counter refrigerator, sink, and an exquisite copper vent hood. The only thing this space needs is comfortable all-season patio furniture to really make this space enjoyable.

Newport California Home

View the Pacific Ocean from this Newport Beach, CA, terrace. This space is an extension of a beach house with covered and uncovered areas to catch some rays or duck into the shade when it gets too hot. Outdoor furnishings and loungers make this a space of comfortable during the heat of the day and under the twinkling stars at night.

Malibu Patio Furniture

This covered porch in Malibu, CA, is reminiscent of a tropical Caribbean resort. Complete with natural stone pavers, coastal inspired light fixtures, fireplace, TV, and a chef’s grill, this retreat is an escape from the challenges of everyday life.

Hermosa Beach

This rooftop living space in Hermosa Beach, CA, has some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean. The view is the focal point, so a minimalist outdoor design is well served. Simple outdoor furniture and a streamlined outdoor kitchen fits the bill.

Aspen Colorado Patio

This full outdoor kitchen space nestled in the foothills of Aspen, CO, rivals most interior kitchens. The wood cabinetry and gourmet stainless steel appliances look seamless paired with the natural stone wall, exterior floor tile, and porcelain wall tile installed behind the stainless steel vent hood.


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