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Patio Design Ideas

Dalkeith Renovation
Dalkeith Renovation
Moda Interiors
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Perth.
Sub-tropical al fresco
Sub-tropical al fresco
Patrick O'Neil Design
Sub-tropical feel for tiny al fresco area. Facing south so very little sun, and the plants needed to cope with these conditions.
Photo of a small contemporary backyard patio in Perth with concrete pavers and a roof extension.
Bicton
Bicton
Refined Edge Homes
Photo of a contemporary patio in Perth with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
Project Kew
Project Kew
Finnes Building Group
Photo of a contemporary patio in Melbourne.
Sunbrite Residence
Sunbrite Residence
Paul Uhlmann Architects
Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with an outdoor kitchen.
Fernside Homestead
Fernside Homestead
Feather & Lawry Design Pty Ltd
Photo of a transitional patio in Other with an outdoor kitchen, concrete slab and a roof extension.
Geometric Pool & Cabana
Geometric Pool & Cabana
Beau Corp Aquatics & Construction
Photo of a beach style backyard patio in Brisbane with a gazebo/cabana.
Luxury Pool + Alfresco + Tennis Court
Luxury Pool + Alfresco + Tennis Court
Natural Pools & Landscaping
Inspiration for a transitional patio in Melbourne.
Santorini in Beaumaris
Santorini in Beaumaris
Bayon Gardens
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with concrete pavers.
Alfresco Dining & Living
Alfresco Dining & Living
Donna Guyler Design
Donna Guyler Design
Photo of a large beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with a roof extension and decking.
Garden House Garden
Garden House Garden
Ben Scott Garden Design
Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with no cover.
Long Street Renovation
Long Street Renovation
StruXi Design
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Other.
Cinnamon Road - Aussie Living Homes
Cinnamon Road - Aussie Living Homes
Crib Creative
Aussie Living Homes
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with a pergola.
Wamberal Renovation
Wamberal Renovation
Slater Architects
Photo of a contemporary patio in Central Coast with a roof extension.
East Juliett
East Juliett
Sandbox Studio®
Contemporary patio in Sydney with natural stone pavers, an outdoor kitchen and no cover.
Family 310 Display Home by Martin Locke Homes at Elliot Springs
Family 310 Display Home by Martin Locke Homes at Elliot Springs
Martin Locke Homes
Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard patio in Townsville with a fire feature and concrete pavers.
Entabeni Drive, Kearney Springs
Entabeni Drive, Kearney Springs
Gordon Bourke Constructions
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Other with tile and a roof extension.
Buckingham Ave Warradale
Buckingham Ave Warradale
Stage and Style Co
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with a roof extension.
Graffiti House
Graffiti House
Durack Architects
Large industrial courtyard patio in Sydney.
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 463,865 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Finnes Building Group and Beau Corp Aquatics & Construction. 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.