Mother Nature’s Living Room

Outdoor rooms, porches, and pavilions let you come home again to the natural world. Let nature’s elements be your palette and sensory delight your touchstone.

Southwestern Native Americans build what the Spaniards called ramadas to extend their living spaces outside. The simple, elegant, open-air structures are constructed with native wood and use cut vines for privacy and wind protection. This ramada, in Tucson, provides shade and privacy for outdoor dining.
Photos By Terrence Moore