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Our 10 Favorite Outdoor Spaces for Entertaining

Outdoor living is an integral part of the log and timber lifestyle. From simple, scenic porches to elaborate gardens, these 10 outdoor spaces showcase what's possible when you think outside the box.

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1. This Screened Porch from Golden Eagle Log Homes

Not every outdoor space is completely outside. Blurring the lines between indoors and out, this cozy screened porch shows off the luster of the wood walls to one side and nature’s majesty to the other. The long narrow space looks toward a stone accent wall, reinforcing the home’s connection to its environment.

 

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2. This Rear Garden Landscaping from Edgewood

Beautiful, low-maintenance butterfly bush and other perennials frame the rear facade of this log-and-stone masterpiece. An oversized pergola delineates the outdoor eating area on the terraced landscape, which takes full advantage of its hillside location.

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3. This Outdoor Fireplace & Porch from Honest Abe Log Homes

A wide-open water view can be appreciated any season of the year thanks to this covered porch's outdoor fireplace. Encased in stone in shades of brown ranging from light caramel to rich mocha, the hearth enhances the view, and the owners’ outdoor enjoyment.

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4. These Pool-side Covered Porches from Texas Timber Frame

As jaw-dropping as this home’s grounds are, it’s got some fierce competition from the exceptional timber-and-stone house it graces. With a variety of seating options from the dual covered porches (featuring hammer beam trusses) to poolside lounging, the house and landscape work together to create an ultimate outdoor escape.

 

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5. This Elevated Screened Porch from New Energy Works

Twice the fun--this elevated screened porch allows for an open patio below, providing two outdoor entertainment options to choose from. Both spaces feature elegant timber frame details and abundant lighting, which also accentuates the home’s exceptional craftsmanship.

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6. This Party-Ready Gazebo

This 18-by-22-square-foot gazebo features a huge stone fireplace, a casual sitting area and a formal dining table with seating for eight. Overhead, two chandeliers add luxury to the relaxed feel of the structure.  See more photos and read more here.

 
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7. This Outdoor Kitchen from Mid-Atlantic Timberframes

Slate flooring, stainless steel appliances, and a welcoming hearth all come together under a dramatic timber frame structure. 
 
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8. This Over-the-Top Classical Garden Landscaping

 
This log home's gardens brighten up the path between this traditional log home and the nearby party barn. See more photos and read the full article here. 
 
 
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9. This Covered Patio Overlooking a Waterfall

Featuring dark timbers, stucco and rock, the backside of this timber home faces a waterfall There's also an outside fireplace and built-in barbecue and gas heaters in the terrace ceilings for entertaining on chillier nights. See more photos and read the full article here. 

 
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10. This Cozy Outdoor Fire Pit

Ideal for an active family's summer home, this fire pit features natural stone that frames the entertainment area while also serving as a seating area. See more photos and read the full article here. 

 

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