Another spin on the covered patio with fireplace. I love the exposed rustic beams and the high ceiling. The fireplace mantle feels a bit formal for the outdoors, but without seeing the rest of the house it is hard to tell.
The only essential element in an amazing outdoor space is cozy seating, but good lighting and decor are also very important. Bonus points include a fireplace, firepit, or water feature, and of course a great view!