Featured Outdoor Space


Outdoor Pool Pavilion in Texas

A sunrise-to-sunset pavilion puts down Texas roots.

A sunrise-to-sunset pavilion puts down Texas roots.


The Best of Custom Home Outdoors

Great Indoor-Outdoor Spaces Elevate a Modest House

This house has enviable alfresco connections, because landscaping was part of the original plan.

Urban Renewal

Chicago is a terrific place to live. It has the blues, the lake, the steaks, landmark buildings by Sullivan and Wright, and in-town neighborhoods full of character.

Award-Winning Custom Outdoor Projects

Custom Home editors have compiled a slideshow featuring the winners in the Outdoor Spaces and Accessory Building categories from our recent Custom Home Design Awards.


Award-Winning Outdoor Spaces

Cove House, Austin, Texas

2013 Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Merit Winner for Outdoor Space

The renovation of an existing cottage included a 630-square-foot additionfamily room down, master suite above--a detached garage with a planted roof (visible in foreground), and updated outdoor spaces.

The Shack

Builder's Choice and Custom Home Design Awards Merit Award for Outdoor Space

Images of the Archive Center designed by Rod Ashley Architect.

Private Retreat and Guest Residence, Incline Village, Nev.

Two mirror-image buildings engage each other and the landscape.


Green Outdoors


The Sustainable Sites Initiative Looks at the Possibilities of Creating Restorative Landscapes

The Sustainable Sites Initiative elevates the importance of landscape.

environmental regulations made permeable landscaping a requirement for this 2-acre parcel, on oyster harbors overlooking west bay in osterville, mass. stephen stimson associates landscape architects designed a driveway with a grassy median and dry-laid bricks in a deep, drainable construction base.

Hold the Hardscape

A thoughtfully designed house may enhance the landscape at large, but the act of constructing it wreaks terrible havoc on the soil.