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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.

1. This Screened Porch With Abundant Seating

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Photo + Home: 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.
 

2. This Magical Backyard Garden

 
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Photo + Home: 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.
 

3. This Rustic Outdoor Fireplace & Porch

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Photo + Home: 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.
 

4. These Poolside Covered Porches

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Photo + Home: Texas Timber Frames
 
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.
 

5. This Elevated Screened Porch

 
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Photo + Home: 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.
 

6. A Multi-Level Entertainment Zone in New Hampshire

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Home: Real Log Homes
 
The rear deck and veranda at this New Hampshire home feature an open pergola as well as a covered area, so the family can enjoy fresh-air entertaining rain or shine. See more here.
 

7. This Stylish Screened Porch

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Photo: Heidi Long
Designer: J. Logan Architects
Log Provider/Builder: Hilgard Log Builders
 
Architect Jamie Logan came up with the idea of curving the expansive screened-in porch, which is a great place to host parties. For her dad’s 90th birthday, the owner entertained more than 60 people in the space with ease.
 

8. Over-the-Top Classical Garden Landscaping

 
Adding on to Your Log Home
 
Photo: Roger Wade
Builder: Montgomery Construction
 
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. 
 

9. This Covered Patio Under a Spacious Porch

 
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Photo: Brandon Malone
Home: Honest Abe Log Homes

On the ground level outside the stucco walk-out basement is a covered patio surrounded by an open, pressed-concrete entertainment area at this Tennessee log home. The 10-inch round logs that form the gable are supported on manufactured-stone pylons.

 

10. This Cozy Outdoor Fire Pit

 
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Photo: Heidi Long
Home: Locati Architects / Malmquist Construction
 
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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