what’s an outdoor room?

You may know an outdoor room as a deck, courtyard, breezeway or porch that’s accessed directly from your home. When actively used, this place has a dramatic, space-creating impact on how you live and entertain in a small house.

Figuring you have some decent weather, here are four inspiring outdoor rooms for show and tell. One may suit your desires for hanging out, dining and/or gathering with others.

The back deck covers the width of a Harbinger cottage, ready for people to eat or take in fresh air. (Tumbleweed Houses)

The back deck covers the width of a Harbinger cottage, ready for people to eat or take in fresh air. (Tumbleweed Houses)

Adjacent to a small home, this courtyard offers plenty of inviting seating along with a fire pit for chilly nights. (Dwell)

Adjacent to a small home, this courtyard offers plenty of inviting seating along with a fire pit for chilly nights. (Dwell)

In a tiny house on wheels, one side porch transforms into a jewel box room that adds living space. (Minimotives)

In a tiny house on wheels, one side porch transforms into a jewel box room that adds living space. (Minimotives)

Connecting two separate parts of this home, a covered breezeway offers refuge with a view. (Klopf Architecture)

Connecting two separate parts of this home, a covered breezeway offers refuge with a view. (Klopf Architecture)