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Patio Design Ideas

Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo
Robert Cameriere Photography
Robert Cameriere +61 414 808 136
This is an example of a contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, tile and a roof extension.
Croydon Residence
Croydon Residence
Santamaria Design
Inspiration for a contemporary patio in Sydney with no cover.
South Avenue
South Avenue
Studio Kate
Maree Homer Photography
Photo of a transitional patio in Sydney with a vertical garden and decking.
Norfolk
Norfolk
Ardent Architects Pty Ltd
The existing period house was restored as part of incorporating a modern extension to the rear. The cladding was custom cut from larger sheets to create the patern designed to break up any uniformity of sheets.
Fullarton
Fullarton
Michael Fogarty Building Design
Contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with an outdoor kitchen and a roof extension.
PROJ - Inverdon House ft. Breeze Blocks in Porcelain
PROJ - Inverdon House ft. Breeze Blocks in Porcelain
Brickworks Building Products
Project: Inverdon House Architect: Chloe Naughton Product: Breeze Blocks in Porcelain
Inspiration for a contemporary patio.
Yarrow Close, Toowoomba
Yarrow Close, Toowoomba
Aspect Architects and Project Managers
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary side yard patio in Other with tile and a roof extension.
Puzzle Box
Puzzle Box
Amrish Maharaj Architect
A seamless indoor-outdoor alfresco and raised garden
Photo of a small contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with concrete pavers and no cover.
Coastal Style
Coastal Style
Landscapes WA
Swinging day bed make this spot in the garden a favourite to lay back and flick through your garden magazines.
Photo of a contemporary patio in Perth.
Mile End
Mile End
Hills & City Construction
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with an outdoor kitchen, concrete pavers and a roof extension.
Post-war Renovation
Post-war Renovation
Moffat Design
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Brisbane with no cover.
The Ash
The Ash
Dalecki Design
Dion Robeson
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Perth with an outdoor kitchen, concrete slab and an awning.
Designer Luxury Home in Annandale
Designer Luxury Home in Annandale
Pilcher Residential
Pilcher Residential
This is an example of a contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with a vertical garden, concrete pavers and no cover.
Preston Point Rd
Preston Point Rd
Ecolectic Homes
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Perth.
450m2 Block Home
450m2 Block Home
Building Designs By Skye Melville
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane with concrete pavers and a roof extension.
Peck residence - Renovation
Peck residence - Renovation
mcrae + lynch interior design
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Sydney with concrete slab and a roof extension.
Nedlands 3
Nedlands 3
Tim Davies Landscaping | Perth
GRAB Photography
Photo of a large mediterranean backyard patio in Perth with natural stone pavers and a pergola.
Canal Front Pool and Landscape
Canal Front Pool and Landscape
Stilus Design and Construction
Outdoor Entertainment Area and Millboard Decking constructed by Stilus Design and Construction
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Sunshine Coast with a roof extension.
Mosman Park 3 Home
Mosman Park 3 Home
Western Cabinets
Design ideas for a transitional patio in Perth with with fireplace, tile and a roof extension.
McCarthy Homes - Custom Home Design - Hope Island
McCarthy Homes - Custom Home Design - Hope Island
McCarthy Homes QLD
This is an example of a mid-sized beach style backyard patio in Gold Coast - Tweed with natural stone pavers and a roof extension.
Mountjoy Road - Brian Burke Homes
Mountjoy Road - Brian Burke Homes
Crib Creative
This is an example of a large contemporary backyard patio in Perth with tile and a roof extension.
Contemporary Patio
Contemporary Patio
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with concrete slab and a roof extension.
Hatch Residence
Hatch Residence
Azztek Kitchens
Contemporary patio in Perth.
Terrigal
Terrigal
Central Coast Elite Carpentry
Photo of a contemporary patio in Wollongong.
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
JBS Building & Development
Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Brisbane with an outdoor kitchen, concrete slab and a roof extension.
2019 Gold Award - Residential 50-150m², ecodesign
2019 Gold Award - Residential 50-150m², ecodesign
AILDM
Mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, brick pavers and a roof extension.
St. Lucia House
St. Lucia House
Jeffries Studio
Photo by Cathy Schusler
Design ideas for a mid-sized midcentury patio in Brisbane.
Evandale House
Evandale House
Rebecca Ryan Architect
Corey Sampson @ CR3 Studio
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio in Adelaide with no cover.
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 438,586 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Santamaria Design and Michael Fogarty Building Design. 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.