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Outdoor Design Ideas

Eco Outdoor | Feature Project | Cove House
Eco Outdoor | Feature Project | Cove House
Eco Outdoor AUS
Architecture: Justin Humphrey Architect Photography: Andy Macpherson
Photo of a contemporary backyard deck in Gold Coast - Tweed with with fireplace and a roof extension.
South Fremantle Renovation Extension
South Fremantle Renovation Extension
Putragraphy
Design ideas for a contemporary garden in Perth.
Paddington house
Paddington house
Ballast Point PL
Photo of a modern patio in Sydney with no cover.
MT LAWLEY PROJECT#1
MT LAWLEY PROJECT#1
Outside In
Photo of a contemporary deck in Perth.
Kilaben Bay house
Kilaben Bay house
Ukalovic Design
This is an example of a contemporary first floor deck in Other with a roof extension and cable railing.
Lomani - Browning Street, Byron Bay
Lomani - Browning Street, Byron Bay
Sanctuary 28
Inspiration for a beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with a roof extension.
DecoDeck
DecoDeck
DECO Australia
On approach to the front door, a stunning DecoDeck timber-look aluminium deck replicates the form, feel and appearance of natural timber decking. The deck is featured throughout the home’s alfresco and pool area, keeping in tune with the Australian love of outdoor entertaining and coastal living. Builder: Ausmar Homes Product: DecoDeck Colour: DecoWood ‘Spotted Gum’
Alderley Courtyard
Alderley Courtyard
Define Landscape Architecture
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Brisbane with decking.
62V
62V
Shaun Lockyer Architects
Scott Burrows Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane with concrete slab and a pergola.
BENJAMIN ROAD
BENJAMIN ROAD
South Coast Building Design
Photo of a large contemporary backyard rectangular pool in Wollongong with a hot tub.
Surry Hills Courtyard
Surry Hills Courtyard
inovasis design
An inner city sanctuary in Surry Hills providing cantilevered concrete benches, innovative planting solutions and an outdoor log fireplace for year round entertaining. True indoor/outdoor living with our second landscape design for this young family.
Outdoor Patio
Outdoor Patio
Moncraft Wall Art
Artificial Vertical garden , all purchased from Kmart and hanged up with wooden panels
Eclectic patio in Melbourne.
Shearwater House
Shearwater House
Cumulus Studio
Photography: Anjie Blair
This is an example of a mid-sized beach style deck in Hobart with a roof extension.
Clarence St
Clarence St
Emily Tomlinson Design
Inspiration for a transitional patio in Melbourne with tile and a roof extension.
Custom - Merricks Beach house
Custom - Merricks Beach house
Prebuilt
Urban Angles
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary patio in Melbourne with a vertical garden and a roof extension.
The FRASER by Adenbrook Homes
The FRASER by Adenbrook Homes
Adenbrook Homes

Contemporary backyard deck in Brisbane.
5 Grace Street, Ferndale
5 Grace Street, Ferndale
Megan-Anne Jefferys Photography
Megan-Anne Jefferys Photography
Photo of a contemporary deck in Perth.
Myrtle Bank
Myrtle Bank
Hills & City Construction
Contemporary side yard rectangular pool in Adelaide.
Ackland Residence
Ackland Residence
Zaher Architects
This is an example of a contemporary rectangular infinity pool in Newcastle - Maitland.
Australian and New Zealand outdoor living is hard to rival – the warm, temperate climate encourages the year-round enjoyment of backyards, courtyards, patios, verandahs and balconies.

These alfresco areas, sometimes referred to as outdoor rooms, are so ubiquitous with the Australian and New Zealand lifestyles that they are now being treated the same way as any other room in the house in terms of architecture and landscape design. Modern backyards and gardens are now extensions to the home. Even cooking is moving outside with many Australians and New Zealanders including outdoor kitchens in their home designs.

Unlike the rest of your home, however, a backyard, patio or verandah needs regular attention, to ensure it doesn’t become overgrown with plants, or look drab when the weather turns. But clever decisions can reduce the level of maintenance needed to keep your alfresco areas and outdoor furniture looking fresh and neat.

Browse the photos on Houzz for landscape architecture ideas, and engage with the outdoor specialists of your favourite picks, so you can make the most of your home’s outdoor living spaces.

How do I decide on my landscape design?


Before you dive head first into planning your outdoor areas, consider the site in which your home sits. Understanding your soil type, topography and climate will ensure you make the most of your site. Plants, for example, should grow comfortably in the climate and soil conditions, and complement the existing landscape.

Next, take into account how you will use your outdoor areas and how much maintenance you can sustain. More hardscape – paths, walls, steps and decks – generally means easier upkeep. If you have children, you will want to divide your backyard into areas: you could opt for an entryway, entertaining area and play area. A sheltered area is usually a must, too, whether in the form of a pergola, awning or arbour. How much you entertain may dictate whether you want to include an outdoor kitchen, or even an outdoor bar.

Outdoor specialists – landscape architects, landscape designers and garden designers – will be able to take your outdoor areas to the next level. Just browse Houzz professionals for a full list of experts in your area.

How do I create an outdoor room?


Outdoor rooms take the comfort of the indoors outside. No longer just a covered area in the backyard, outdoor rooms have a visible connection to the spaces within the home. Laser-cut screens could create a sense of enclosure for a modern veranda. Or, a patio could be an extension of your living room, with leather or upholstered chairs substituted with outdoor-suited materials. Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into outdoor rooms. An inner-city balcony, for example, could squeeze in a couple of chairs, a drinks table and a stylish shelving unit.

Outdoor kitchens are one of the most popular types of outdoor rooms in Australia and New Zealand. They, too, can come in many forms, however many outdoor kitchens like to spill out from the interior. Those that stand their own often have a built-in barbecue, bar fridge, built-in sink and plenty of storage. A wood-fired pizza oven is just the cherry on top!

How can I get the most out of my front yard?


Your front yard doesn’t have to act purely as a transitional zone. A front fence can create privacy from a busy road and, in turn, open up the option of having a small courtyard in which you can entertain or relax in. Not having a fence, on the other hand, can make your front yard appear bigger, and will show off the architecture of your home. If this is the case, you may want to create a structural feature out of something like your letterbox.

Pathways should be easy to navigate, well-lit and obstacle-free. Add more functionality to your front yard with a bench seat or herb garden; or keep your focus on creating a welcoming entry with a water feature, sculpture or garden art.

What small backyard ideas will maximise my space?


Small backyard ideas are plentiful on Houzz. You’ll notice terracing is popular in small backyards as it adds dimension and visually expands a small plot into distinct, separate spaces. Consider using large pots to break up the space, creating different points of interest, too. Next, think vertically. Tall plants are a great way to add height to a small backyard, or consider using a trellis, arbour or pergola to draw the eye up.

Other small backyard ideas include complementing your interior with the same colours and style to make it feel more like its own living room; installing smart lighting that creates a backdrop or gently illuminates the area; and creating a focal point to distract the eye from the limited square meterage.

What retaining wall options are available?


A retaining wall isn’t just functional, but can add aesthetic value to your outdoor areas, too. Which retaining wall designs are best suited to you will depend of your budget, the incline of your slope, local regulations and the aesthetic you want to achieve. Timber sleeper retaining walls are the most common retaining wall, because they are relatively affordable; however, they do have limited longevity. If life expectancy is an issue, consider concrete sleepers, or clad the timer slats in Corten steel panels.

A boulder rock bank is the most cost-effective type of retaining wall, and with the inclusion of plants, is often the most natural looking, too. Corton steel blades or rendered masonry walls can retain a small dip in your landscape and make an eye-catching feature, while masonry walls and drystone walls are the most expensive options, but do tend to look the best.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an outdoor renovation or are building a designer outdoor from scratch, Houzz has 1,937,213 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Hills & City Construction and Define Landscape Architecture. Look through outdoor photos in different colours and styles and when you find an outdoor design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful outdoor ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.