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Patio Design Ideas

Inside Out
Inside Out
Ketron Custom Builders
Design ideas for a large traditional backyard patio in Columbus with natural stone pavers and a fire feature.
Small outdoor room with a green wall in Kensington
Small outdoor room with a green wall in Kensington
The Garden Builders
Pro Colour Photography
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard patio in London with a vertical garden and natural stone pavers.
Portfolio
Portfolio
Edmunds Studios Photography, Inc.
Design: modernedgedesign.com Photo: Edmunds Studios Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Milwaukee with a fire feature, a pergola and concrete slab.
Stylish City Refuge
Stylish City Refuge
Hufnagel Landscape Design & Construction Group
Small contemporary backyard patio in New York with a container garden, natural stone pavers and no cover.
A Family Friendly Brownstone Garden
A Family Friendly Brownstone Garden
Little Miracles Designs
Small Brownstone Garden in Park Slope
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in New York with a fire feature.
Professional photos
Professional photos
Power Concrete Construction & Design Center
Design ideas for a large transitional backyard patio in Cedar Rapids with a fire feature, stamped concrete and a roof extension.
Lancaster patio with pergola
Lancaster patio with pergola
Cobblestone Landscape LLC
Mid-sized arts and crafts backyard patio in Philadelphia with natural stone pavers and a pergola.
North Melbourne
North Melbourne
Normark Landscapes
Mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne.
Portfolio
Portfolio
Outdoor Kitchen, Pool & Pavers
This is an example of a mid-sized modern backyard patio in Tampa with an outdoor kitchen, stamped concrete and a pergola.
Open Layout · Contemporary · Renovation
Open Layout · Contemporary · Renovation
LMD Architecture Studio
Photo of a contemporary patio in Los Angeles with concrete slab and no cover.
Pelican Bay Remodel Project
Pelican Bay Remodel Project
Element Builders, LLC.
Tropical patio in Miami with a fire feature and natural stone pavers.
Kitchen extension 1
Kitchen extension 1
Architect Your Home
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary patio in London.
Traditional Patio
Traditional Patio
Design ideas for a traditional patio in Boston with a fire feature.
Private Residence North Beach - Miami
Private Residence North Beach - Miami
Opustone
Coral Stone
Large modern backyard patio in Miami with a roof extension and tile.
Contemporary Convenient Commute, 1 Block from Brickell
Contemporary Convenient Commute, 1 Block from Brickell
Marylinda Ramos, Photography
Marylinda Ramos
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Boston with an outdoor shower.
Can Deus
Can Deus
Dawson Design Group
Brady Architectural Photography
Design ideas for a large modern backyard patio in San Diego with concrete slab and a roof extension.
Joe and family
Joe and family
Renz Landscapes
Design ideas for a mid-sized traditional backyard patio in Raleigh with concrete pavers and no cover.
Greenville
Greenville
Westbrook Interiors
Photography by Erica George Dines
Photo of a traditional patio in Atlanta with a roof extension and with fireplace.
Total Backyard Renovation - Piney Point Village
Total Backyard Renovation - Piney Point Village
Houston Landscape Pros
This is an example of a small modern backyard patio in Houston with concrete pavers and no cover.
Shabby-chic Style Patio
Shabby-chic Style Patio
This is an example of a shabby-chic style patio in New York with a roof extension and with fireplace.
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 456,339 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Little Miracles Designs and Architect Your Home. 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.