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Patio Design Ideas

Hawthorn Heritage Home
Hawthorn Heritage Home
Whyte Gardens
Louvre House did a great job of adding a louver system for all year round entertaining.
Contemporary patio in Melbourne.
Balmain
Balmain
Think Outside Gardens
This small courtyard is a carefully designed combination of materials that allows the new and old structures to sit comfortably together and brings the whole garden up to date. The cedar bench top provides warmth to the outdoor space which is dominated by the restrained colours of the walls and flooring. While the consistent mid green colour of the planting provides structure to this garden the combination of varying leaf shapes and textures provides depth and interest. An offset layout to the bench seating allows for depth in the garden whilst the introduction of screen planting creates privacy. The result is a calming and relaxed garden in an urban setting.
Wamberal Renovation
Wamberal Renovation
Slater Architects
Photo of a contemporary patio in Central Coast with a roof extension.
Project | Cloud House
Project | Cloud House
Eco Outdoor USA
Architect: Akin Atelier Landscape Designer: Dangar Barin Smith Photographer: Murray Fredericks
Contemporary backyard patio in Los Angeles with decking and no cover.
Hilcrest
Hilcrest
Anderson Homes Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a large transitional backyard patio in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen, a roof extension and concrete pavers.
Glen Iris
Glen Iris
Enkipools
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with with fireplace and no cover.
Oatlands, NSW
Oatlands, NSW
Fluid Design
Mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Sydney.
Highett
Highett
Hargreaves Design Group
Inspiration for a transitional patio in Other.
Ridge
Ridge
D Pearce Constructions Pty Ltd
Photo of a large contemporary patio in Brisbane with an outdoor kitchen, tile and a roof extension.
Jellicoe St
Jellicoe St
Pillar Projects
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with tile and a pergola.
R-B House
R-B House
Norman Richards building design + interiors
Photographer: Anastasia Kariofyllidis
Design ideas for a mid-sized modern backyard patio in Sunshine Coast with tile and a roof extension.
Hawthorne
Hawthorne
Saunders Building Company Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a large beach style patio in Brisbane with an outdoor kitchen, tile and a roof extension.
POOL EXTERIOR
POOL EXTERIOR
RG Design Studio
Contemporary backyard patio in Sunshine Coast with a roof extension.
Demolish & new build luxury custom home Coorparoo
Demolish & new build luxury custom home Coorparoo
Novo Property Pty Ltd
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Brisbane.
Harmers Haven
Harmers Haven
Daniela Fulford Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Melbourne.
View - New Home
View - New Home
Big House Little House
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Brisbane.
2018 Silver Award - Residential Landscape Design 50m2-150m2
2018 Silver Award - Residential Landscape Design 50m2-150m2
AILDM
Landscape Design - Formation Landscapes, Victoria
Photo of a contemporary patio in Melbourne.
Contemporary Designer Home with City Views
Contemporary Designer Home with City Views
Pilcher Residential
Pilcher Residential
Photo of a contemporary courtyard patio in Sydney with no cover.
Fermanagh Garden
Fermanagh Garden
Ben Scott Garden Design
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with with fireplace, natural stone pavers and a pergola.
Cape Mill - Display Home
Cape Mill - Display Home
Stannard Homes
Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Perth with tile and a roof extension.
A patio is a paved outdoor area that adjoins a house, and is a popular addition to Australian and New Zealand homes. Not only is it yet another place to enjoy the great outdoors, but it can also save you time and money on landscaping. Often seen as an extension of the indoor living space, patios and courtyards can serve multiple functions. If you add outdoor furniture such as lounge chairs and a sofa, a barbecue or outdoor kitchen and a dining table and chairs, you can use them for entertaining, cooking, dining, and relaxing. Browse the Photos on Houzz for courtyard and patio designs to see how you can best utilise your existing outdoor area.

What materials should I use to construct my patio?


Stone pavers and bricks are the most common surface materials used for patios, while concrete, tiles and gravel are also popular. Stone paving is usually at the top end of the price bracket, but is highly durable and the most natural-looking of the surface materials available. Brick patios, on the other hand, are relatively easy to lay, and provide a warm, rich colour that can complement traditional homes. Concrete patios are one of the least expensive to build and are also very durable, while gravel is quick and easy to install. You will also need to decide whether you want your patio covered or left uncovered. You can add roofing if you plan on using the space regularly, or opt for a pergola, trellis or umbrella for shade instead. Patio enclosures, usually made from glass or mesh screens, can also transform your space into an outdoor room.

What outdoor patio furniture and decor should I include?


A patio can be so much more than just a paved slab, if you add the right additions. An outdoor kitchen and bar will help make the space the life of the party, while high-quality, low-slung chairs will make you want to stay outside for longer. If you have the budget, you may even consider adding a spa or pool. To make it the ideal al fresco area even when temperatures drop, a fire pit or fireplace will be able to keep you and your company toasty warm. To entice you and your guests into the space, make some room for greenery, even if you just a place a pot plant atop a table. It will help tie in the area to the surrounding garden. Fairy lights, garden torches and citronella candles will also help set the mood and keep the mozzies at bay, while soft furnishings such as waterproof rugs, pillows and chair cushions will add personality. For something striking, consider adding a water feature or wall garden.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 456,059 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Fluid Design and Eco Outdoor USA. Look through patio photos in different colours and styles and when you find a patio 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 patio ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.