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Steal an Idea or Two From This Exceptional Outdoor Entertaining Area

The exterior of a uni-level home should be as dazzling as its interior, and this Texas ranch is a star.

House by Chas Architects and Hearthstone Homes
Photo by Laura Buchanan
 

Five Can't-Miss Details:

1. Mixing materials (in this case, hand-hewn logs, local stone and brushed-cypress board-and-batt) is a surefire way to create today’s coveted homestead vibe.
 
2. The property’s L-shaped layout creates the perfect spot for a fireside chats. Comfy Adirondack chairs keep the conversation going late into the evening.
 
3. Lighting is the key to a good outdoor impression. Here, wall sconces on both the log guest house and the main house are enhanced by uplighting at the base of a majestic live-oak tree.
 
4. Shed-roofs and dormers clad in either standing-seam metal or architectural asphalt shingles usher heavy rain away from the walls.
 
5. A combination of Austin flagstone, pea gravel and native plants like cactus, provide the ultimate low-maintenance landscape.
 
See also: Find even more log home outdoor entertaining inspiration here!

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