Patio Design Ideas

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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This is an example of a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with a roof extension.

This is an example of a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with a roof extension.
could the deck be a more permanent-ish room - jo_leaper

Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with concrete slab and a roof extension.

The outdoor living area provides the perfect space for the homeowners to enjoy and entertain all year round. Photography by Asher King
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with concrete slab and a roof extension.
Timber ceilings - nickpham

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Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with concrete pavers and a roof extension.

Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with concrete pavers and a roof extension.
Amrita spa is relax, unwind and enjoy your full body massage in delhi, malviya nagar by trained therapist. - swatipatnayak567

Photo of a contemporary patio in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

Photo of a contemporary patio in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
Link kitchen from INTERIOR to EXTERIOR extension ... - serenawoonyong

Contemporary courtyard patio in Perth with concrete pavers and a pergola.

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

This is an example of a mediterranean patio in Geelong with tile and a roof extension.

This is an example of a mediterranean patio in Geelong with tile and a roof extension.
terracota tiles, dome arches in eastern rome arch byzantine 500-1500 era. - biancagriek

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
The flooring from inside to outside - katy_jovcevska

Mid-sized transitional front yard patio in Other with a container garden, tile and a roof extension.

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Mid-sized transitional front yard patio in Other with a container garden, tile and a roof extension.
outside chill zone wicker - des_penny

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary patio in Melbourne with a vertical garden and a roof extension.

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Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary patio in Melbourne with a vertical garden and a roof extension.
Natural setting - marigail

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Design ideas for a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane.

Design ideas for a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane.
Downstairs outside retaining privacy wall - nmewin

Contemporary patio in Sydney.

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Contemporary patio in Sydney.
like the rocky stairs and fireplace with outdoor setting - christian_bannard

Scandinavian courtyard patio in Geelong with concrete slab and no cover.

Scandinavian courtyard patio in Geelong with concrete slab and no cover.

Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Canberra - Queanbeyan.

Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
what beats a giant chess game is your backyard. nothing! :) - jameswfardell

Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with natural stone pavers and a roof extension.

Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with natural stone pavers and a roof extension.
calm and peaceful - hacer_a

Tropical backyard patio in Melbourne with a roof extension.

Tropical backyard patio in Melbourne with a roof extension.
Love the screen and those chairs - webuser_401152593

This is an example of a mid-sized beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with natural stone pavers and a roof extension.

This is an example of a mid-sized beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with natural stone pavers and a roof extension.
notice the opening and runners coming outside - 11dolphin

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Traditional side yard patio in Sydney with tile and no cover.

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Traditional side yard patio in Sydney with tile and no cover.
narrow side, green wall - kathryn_mcdiven

This is an example of an industrial backyard patio in Adelaide with an awning.

This is an example of an industrial backyard patio in Adelaide with an awning.
Romand Blinds, Minimalist support beams? - rob_noble62