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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Outdoor Style

I am looking for the perfect images of pergolas & outdoor living areas to show to my builder, architect &  my dream guy, to ensure they have the same image of the end result of this dream house. My dream guy has given me complete creative freedom on pretty much every aspect of this house design, but I know he would have a picture in his mind of how it is going to look & I am guessing it is a little different to my vision.
Outdoor Dining Area contemporary patio

I really love this style of pergola, especially the shape of the upright posts.

AMS Landscape Design Studios mediterranean exterior

I love the style & colour of the pavers in this image. The fireplace & lighting create a beautiful yet cosy ambiance.
We hope to eventually have an outdoor fireplace but it wont be a part of the immediate plan...

Inside Out - Interior & Exterior Design contemporary patio

I love the fireplace with all the stack stone features & once again those gorgeous posts.

Pedersen Associates - Residential - Atherton, CA traditional patio

The pavers, the posts, the white trims, I really do love this look.

shwa traditional patio

 I will show these to my dream guy so he knows just how to finish our pergola.

Kathleen Burke Design patio

A wisteria vine growing over the pergola always tends to create an air of  romance, this is something I would love if the climate here allows.

Ana Williamson Architect-Dana Avenue traditional patio

This image is very similar to the colour scheme of my dream house. The beams of this pergola are the same colour as my roof & the main colours of the house & white windows are also the choices I have made. I would prefer my pergola to be white as well, this home appears to have a terracotta tile roof which is really lovely.

My Outdoor Sanctuary patio

We haven't decided wether or not to render the downstairs area of our house or keep it brick for a bit more interest & contrast.Our builder has recomended staying brick on the bottom as it stands up to the wear & tear of living more so than render. The top story will be built from a thick compressed foam material & then rendered as this has better thermal properties & is a cost effective building method. If it was to be brick I think I would like something similiar to this, what do you think ?

III DomA Architects, Inc. III traditional patio

What fabulous ceilings & hand rails.

Jericho Farmhouse contemporary patio

Love the paving.

Please feel free to offer any advice or suggestions on my choice of finishes, especially in regard to the choice of brick or render on the lower story. We are looking for a low maintenance home, which is why we have chosen pavers & tiles over timber decking. My dream guy works a lot & I would like his time at home to be about relaxation & family, rather than constant home maintenance!

Trish xxx
All images from here

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