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Outdoor Areas We Love: 8 Serene Spaces Meant for Relaxing

Let these pockets of peace inspire you to create your own calming corner at home


When you want to spend some “me time” at home, where do you usually go? While most of us stay inside our bedrooms, there are some who prefer the tranquility offered by outdoors – surrounded by lush foliage while enjoying the warmth of the sun. Outdoor areas aren’t just for some quiet time, it’s also a space where families and friends bond over snacks and cold drinks as well as where some get-togethers are held.

Even if you live in a condo or apartment, you can still have the luxury offered by outdoor areas. Here are eight spaces that may just motivate you to create your own Zen spot at home.

A personal bahay kubo

Found in a Negros Oriental home, this bahay kubo offers a quick hideaway for those who want to spend some alone time. 

A few steps away from the kubo is a unique tree house divided into two structures connected by a wooden hanging bridge. Built using wood scraps and teak wood, the tree house is founded on stilts covered with rocks.

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An Asian-inspired lanai

Based on a modern Asian design, this home highlights clean lines, wide spaces, an open lanai, and Philippine-made décor.

The lanai truly speaks Asia – with the daybed with fabric from Laos, bamboo chimes from Indonesia, and the ceiling upholstered with banig. The other daybed and native floor seats are Filipino products. The area is perfect for weekends – as the family can simply lounge around while enjoying some snacks and family activities.

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One with nature

In this nature-inspired home in Batangas, the garden highlights bridges, walkways, and ponds that cut through the lush foliage. To work with the overall theme of the home, the bridges lead to other parts of the house including the dining area.

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A garden heaven

Who wouldn’t want to spend some time in the company of ferns, bromeliads, and other tropical plants? Since the owners of the home are fond of gardening, it came as no surprise that this home has such green surroundings.

You may also develop your garden at home. Start by planting your favorite plants and flowers in one corner.

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A summer home in the city

The owners of this home wanted a space that’s reminiscent of a Sydney beach house. With the help of architect-friend Joel Munoz and contractor RG Roa, they were able to turn this dream into reality as seen in their 450sqm home. The house showcases glass windows, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette that mostly consists of neutrals.

In keeping with their goal of having summer home, the L-shaped pool was installed. Off to one side is the covered lanai where the owners can relax and share stories with friends.

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A tropical-inspired space

This home’s design is completed with lush tropical plants and personal touches. The tall ceilings and wide spaces work well with the large furniture pieces.

For the outdoor area, we love the vertical garden landscape that serves as the perfect backdrop for the swimming pool. 

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A private park

In this 198sqm condo designed by Chako Hirayama of Design Hirayama+Quesada, the main focal point is the large balcony. She replaced the swing door and windows opening out to the balcony with sliding glass doors – allowing natural light to stream into the unit.

The balcony serves as a private park in a concrete landscape. Lush foliage enhances the coziness of the space while the wooden bench and floral pillows make for an inviting lounging area.

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A resort in the city

Given the owners’ tradition of vacationing in resorts, they chose to build a resort-style home in the middle of the city. The house showcases space and light with its floor-to-ceiling windows, high ceilings, and well-thought-out floor plan.

The patio highlights predominantly brown shades coupled with hints of green and a lighter shade of orange. The low benches, custom-made mesh, and silk pillows add to the vacation vibe of the space.

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