By this date in the summer, it almost feels like everything you do has to take place outside — after all, it's not too long before cooler temperatures hit! And wouldn't it be nice to spend a warm evening on this modern patio? Its clean aesthetic, as shared by Brandon Architects, is setting the bar high for the type of entertainment space you can create under the sun. We're loving the way the slate-gray countertop doubles as a dining table for a cohesive and space-saving layout, and also how its dark shade pops against the row of white woven chairs. By the way, did you notice how that neutral color palette works so well with the surrounding wood floors? Those simplistic shades let the beauty of the setting make a strong impression, complementing the abundance of greenery around this breezy look. And while it's easy to imagine all the things we could grill in that stainless steel barbecue, we're not over how lovely those bar chairs are. Even without a patio like this, contemporary seats like those would make any backyard look complete.