These gorgeous patios conjure up images of leisurely afternoons spent lounging in the sun and long, lazy outdoor dinners.

modern patioThough this Okanagan home features an expansive terrace off the kitchen, this secluded patio, accessed from the bedroom, is another great space to soak up a little solitude. west van modern homeDesigned by award-winning design firm McLeod Bovell, the concrete patio of this gorgeous modern West Vancouver home includes an infinity pool, designed to maximize light, that seems to be suspended over the neighbourhood. modern beach homeThe owners of this West Vancouver beach house do own a much larger Arthur Erickson-designed house a little ways up the hillside, but they spend more of their time in the property’s Nick Milkovich-designed beach house. With a patio like this, who can blame them? modern okanagan patioA cantilever effect allows for this Vernon house, designed by D’arcy Jones, to highlight views to the rocky ridge it sits upon. amazing palm springs inspired backyardThe backyard was once covered in asphalt; designer Paul Lavoie, inspired by his love of Palm Springs design, installed the pool and landscaping, along with a 22-foot Nanawall on the house. cedric burgers beach houseThe kitchen of this Cedric Burgers-designed beach house loses a wall during warm summer afternoons (and extends to the edge of a cliff for dramatic al fresco dining). zen backyardThis luxurious home is a mix between zen and glam. In the backyard, a saltwater pool is positioned between the covered lounge area and a working farm. beachside cottageThe beauty of the beach setting and its informality served as an inspiration point for architects David Battersby and Heather Howat. Think modern yet modest, a 2,617-square-foot box that follows the shoreline.alda pereiraTwo wiry AGK Mercury lounge chairs from Kreiss add a lovely sculptural note to a serene pool setting in this home by Designer of the Year Alda Pereiralakeside livingVancouver design team Johnson McLeod transformed a condemned Mayne Island cabin into an idyllic retreat from the big city.