Patio Design Ideas
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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Design ideas for an industrial backyard patio in Sydney with a fire feature.
Use of house bricks for seating around fire pit and side wall - shantini_deutscher
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with a roof extension.
The openness. the light. the turf between the pool and the room. - fayensu
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Perth with concrete pavers and a pergola.
Great place for coffee , peace & quiet - vickiriley82
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane with concrete pavers and a roof extension.
half wall with screen - tlb73
Contemporary patio in Sydney with concrete pavers and a pergola.
pergola on the west side - webuser_879141181
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Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Perth with decomposed granite and a roof extension.
outdoor area incorporated into the roof line - helen_saddington31
This is an example of a transitional courtyard patio in Sydney with brick pavers.
Clivia - adrianne_bowman
Contemporary courtyard patio in Perth with concrete pavers and a pergola.
The wooden seat right outside the bedroom going straight out to the garden - tracey_petrevska
Inspiration for a traditional patio in Melbourne with concrete pavers.
I could picture this a little differently with a swinging seat. So tranquil with all that greenery. - emily_lancuba
This is an example of a beach style backyard patio in Brisbane with stamped concrete and a roof extension.
Overlooking neighbour screen privacy - webuser_39760546910
Contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane with concrete slab and a roof extension.
I love the openness, the natural fibre furniture, and the air movement - butchiesgirl17
Tim Turner Photography
This is an example of a mid-sized industrial backyard patio in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen and no cover.
Outdoor kitchen against boundary fence - bryan_yeow
Photo of a small contemporary patio in Sydney with a roof extension.
The use of wood in this outdoor space! Love it! - johnjill_white
Photographer: Erik Holt 2018
Contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with a pergola.
Probably costs a fortune - but that is a nice pergola! - janelle_tisserand
Davis Sanders Homes
Design ideas for an expansive contemporary patio in Sydney with a roof extension.
J think rammed earth pillars, insulated roof which extends out over the base. With gap between the pillars and main roof structure. Add roll blinds between each pillar as needed? - jeanette946