Hillside
Hillside
Landart Landscape Design & Construction
Inspiration for a country patio in Melbourne.
Ottone
Ottone
Urbane Projects Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Perth.
Waterfall Crescent Residence
Waterfall Crescent Residence
Greenmark Homes
Inspiration for a beach style verandah in Other with decking and a roof extension.
Bartram - New Home #3
Bartram - New Home #3
Mountford Architects
Line of site from the pool to those 300 year old paper bark trees in this rural location
Photo of a midcentury backyard rectangular pool in Perth.
Stella Street Holland Park
Stella Street Holland Park
A & M Building
Transitional backyard patio in Brisbane with an outdoor kitchen, tile and a roof extension.
Pymble Project
Pymble Project
Astor Homes
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Sydney with tile and no cover.
Dune House
Dune House
Acre
Large monolithic architectural details are something we try and bring into all our projects, it’s these details that allow us to be looser with wilder with our planting palettes and for the outcome to still feel considered. In this case, the benches allowed us to terrace the site creating activated zones to higher use of the functionality. Photography by Dan Hocking
Aberfeldie
Aberfeldie
Englehart Homes
Contemporary patio in Melbourne.
A + D Residence
A + D Residence
The Dept of Design
H Creations
Contemporary courtyard rectangular pool in Canberra - Queanbeyan with tile.
ROSS
ROSS
DAHA
Inspiration for a beach style deck in Brisbane with a roof extension.
Linen Display Home
Linen Display Home
Kylie Sargent
This is an example of a small contemporary courtyard rectangular pool in Geelong.
Rippleside
Rippleside
Geelong Constructions
Photo of a transitional rectangular pool in Geelong.
City Beach
City Beach
Residential Attitudes
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard deck in Perth with a container garden and a roof extension.
Myrtle Street
Myrtle Street
Selective Interiors
Photo of a transitional deck in Melbourne.
Newtown Terrace
Newtown Terrace
Jessi Eve
Contemporary patio in Sydney.
Alfresco Living
Alfresco Living
Donna Guyler Design
Donna Guyler Design
This is an example of a large beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with a roof extension and decking.
River Views
River Views
Live Architecture
Japanese rock garden Engawa ledge Silvertop Ash Bluestone paving
Photo of an asian garden in Other.
Palm Cove Architectural Build
Palm Cove Architectural Build
COCO + PALM PRODUCTIONS
Expansive tropical infinity pool in Cairns.
Malvern House
Malvern House
V Three Architecture
Contemporary front yard garden in Melbourne with a garden path.
Point Cook Project
Point Cook Project
IM HOME
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Geelong.
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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 1,979,488 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including DAHA and IM HOME. 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.