Honorable mention: Design details
Rugged and natural-looking, this sunken firepit on Lake Washington is hard edged and geometric on the patio side but gently curving on the beach part, where natural granite boulders pack its sides. Feathery grasses blend with the shoreline habitat beyond. A boulder-seat is just right for extra guests.
Design: Randy Allworth, Allworth Design, Seattle (allworthdesign.com or 206/623-7396)