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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Design ideas for an industrial backyard patio in Sydney with a fire feature.

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.

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

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Design ideas for a contemporary patio in Perth with concrete pavers and a pergola.

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.

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.

Contemporary patio in Sydney with concrete pavers and a pergola.
pergola on the west side - webuser_879141181

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary backyard patio in Perth with decomposed granite and a roof extension.

D-Max Photography
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.

Pilcher Residential
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.

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.

Brent Lukey
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

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This is an example of a beach style backyard patio in Brisbane with stamped concrete and a roof extension.

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.

Shaun Murray
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

This is an example of a mid-sized industrial backyard patio in Melbourne with an outdoor kitchen and no cover.

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.

Photo of a small contemporary patio in Sydney with a roof extension.
The use of wood in this outdoor space! Love it! - johnjill_white

Contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with a pergola.

Photographer: Erik Holt 2018
Contemporary backyard patio in Melbourne with a pergola.
Probably costs a fortune - but that is a nice pergola! - janelle_tisserand

Modern patio in Sydney.

GRANT HARVEY
Modern patio in Sydney.
good flow from indoor to outdoor. - justin_reiss83

Design ideas for an expansive contemporary patio in Sydney with a roof extension.

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

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Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with a pergola.

Jessica Ann
Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with a pergola.

Transitional backyard patio in Other with concrete slab and a roof extension.

Transitional backyard patio in Other with concrete slab and a roof extension.
Incase BBQ to go outside - kutusembe