Our Favorite Outdoor Living Spaces

Summer is in full swing in the Centennial State, and if there's anything we Coloradans know well, it's the outdoors. We've wrangled our favorite backyards, patios and decks, in case you're looking for a little inspiration.

Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

Denver-based designer David Hintgen turned this small Lowry backyard into a posh outdoor-living sanctuary for his family. He wanted a “zero-maintenance” space and a look that wouldn’t turn bleak in winter, so he used artificial turf and flora, plus a host of weather-resistant materials, to create a seamless “indoor life outdoors” vibe.


Photo by James Ray Spahn

Bifold doors open to the backyard of this bright and airy Boulder home, and there are seats on the patio, perfect for dining al fresco


Photo by Ron Ruscio and Associate Nate Koerner

Our 2015 Home of the Year appears to rise out of a hill in Evergreen like a tree and includes a “guys’ perch”—a second-floor game room with pool table and shuffleboard (what the homeowners describe as “a cave in the sky”).


Photo by Andrew Forino Photography

In additional to a full outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, the deck of this Modern Zen home in Colorado Springs—which was designed by Garth Hystad, star of the DIY Network series Mega Decks—also includes a water feature that creates more privacy from the view of the road.  


Photo by David Lauer

In addition to the two indoor kitchens, there’s an enviably well-stocked outdoor kitchen in entrepreneur Laura Love's Denver home, complete with sink, fridge and dishwasher.


Photo by Ron Ruscio

Our 2016 Home of the Year sits on a gentle rise on a secluded 2.5-acre lot in Cherry Hills Village and was decided with the Colorado sun in mind—in more ways than one. 


Photo by Gibeon Photography

Decks adjacent to the kitchen and living room extend the living space of this Scandinavian Vail home into the landscape, and steel cable railings preserve the view. On the lower terrace, all-weather wicker furnishings and a fire pit create a comfortable seating area for bocce spectators.


Photo courtesy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This artistic residence was awarded the coveted Architect’s Choice Award for its visionary design, offering unprecedented versatility in one of Denver’s most appealing neighborhoods—not to mention the home hits the ball out of Wash Park with its metal-clad outdoor living space.


Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

In the central courtyard of this home in Denver's Hilltop neighborhood, Architect Carlos Alvarez designed the fire pit with a stucco-surround to match the exterior of the house.


Photo by David Lauer

Tucked behind the bustling Cherry Creek Mall sits this secret garden oasis, which feels more like Provence than Denver.



Photo by Emily Minton Redfield

This 8,000-square-foot luxury resort-like home in Denver represents the owners’ lifelong dream of a seamless indoor/outdoor living space.


Photo by Kimberly Gavin

The outdoor spaces of this home in the foothills of Littleton were designed to be a hub for crowds as well as intimate gatherings. The spectacular mountain views don't hurt, either.


Photo by Gibeon Photography

A private and protected outdoor relaxation space echoes the clean lines of our 2017 Home of the Year, Tazi Ranch, a 135-acre parcel that rests in a wildlife-laden valley in Douglas County.


Photo by Daniel O'Connor

This Denver idyll boasts plenty of splash with a 36-foot swimming pool, underground movie theater, sunken courtyard, and separate kids’ and parents’ wings.


Photo by David Lauer

The back patio of our 2018 Home of the Year in a lush Denver suburb includes a covered dining area and pizza oven, a picnic table out on the deck, and this gathering place around a fire pit and gorgeous views.

This is only scratching the surface! For more outdoor living inspiration, visit:
CH&L Outdoor Living Issue 2016 
CH&L Outdoor Living Issue 2017 
CH&L Outdoor Living Issue 2018



Categories: Exteriors