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Flemington
Flemington
Morris Decks, LLC
A beautiful outdoor entertainment area by MorrisDECKS.com
Deck container garden - large traditional backyard deck container garden idea in New York with a roof extension
Colorado Natural Landscape
Colorado Natural Landscape
SolMauna Creation + Design
This is an example of a mid-sized traditional partial sun backyard stone landscaping in Denver for spring.
Spa (Hot Tub) with Scupper Water Features
Spa (Hot Tub) with Scupper Water Features
Platinum Poolcare
Request Free Quote This pool measures 18'0" x 36'0" and has a spa that measures 6'0" x 11'0" and is flush with the deck. Inside the pool sits a 4'0" x 7'0" sunshelf, as well as a 5'0" swim up bench. Both the pool and spa possess LED colored lighting. There is an automatic pool cover with stone lid system covering the pool. There are also 6 deck spray water features around the perimeter of the pool. The coping is North Avenue grade Limestone. The raised wall water feature has three scupper water features spilling into the spa. The exposed aggregate pool finish is cobalt blue.
Screened Porch
Screened Porch
Rock Paper Hammer
Photo by Andrew Hyslop
This is an example of a small transitional screened-in back porch design in Louisville with decking and a roof extension.
Retaining Walls
Retaining Walls
Second Nature Outdoor Living & Landscaping
Large stones made the perfect walkway and functioned as a retaining wall for irrigation as well.
Inspiration for a mid-sized traditional partial sun backyard stone retaining wall landscape in Kansas City.
Village Modern Farmhouse
Village Modern Farmhouse
Rachel's Landscape Design
A low maintenance border with year-round interest is provided by Hydrangea quercifolias, Sword Ferns,Garrya elliptica, Japanese Forest Grass and, Cornus Kousa and Acer Griseum.
Backyard Roller Hockey Courts in Needham
Backyard Roller Hockey Courts in Needham
Sport Court of Massachusetts
Needham Roller Hockey Court
Photo of a small traditional partial sun backyard stone landscaping in Boston.
West University
West University
YSL Builders
ªSteve Chenn Photography
Example of a mid-sized trendy backyard concrete paver and rectangular lap pool design in Houston
Logan Circle Row House
Logan Circle Row House
Jon Hensley Architects
Photo credits: Hoachlander Davis Photography
Example of a minimalist backyard patio design in DC Metro with decking
Surface Drains
Surface Drains
Aqua Tech Solutions LLC
Photo of a large traditional full sun backyard gravel formal garden in Other for summer.
AKM Project by Sifford Garden Design
AKM Project by Sifford Garden Design
Jay Sifford Garden Design
A whimsically eclectic modern home on Lake Norman demanded a special garden design. Plants were chosen for their color, shape and textures to lead the eye to the next vignette.
Fayetteville, GA
Fayetteville, GA
John Bynum Custom Homes, Inc.
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless backyard brick patio remodel in Atlanta with a fire pit and a roof extension
Ipe Hardwood Deck with custom planters
Ipe Hardwood Deck with custom planters
OC Deck & Patio
Built in planters define the edges of the stairs. Picture frame borders break up the long runs. Ipe hardwood decking is installed using hidden fastening system.
Vista Residence
Vista Residence
Shapiro Didway
Inspiration for a mid-sized traditional backyard gravel landscaping in Portland.
Garden Gate
Garden Gate
Troy Rhone Garden Design
Birmingham, AL
This is an example of a traditional backyard landscaping in Birmingham.
Charles McClure, landscape architect
Charles McClure, landscape architect
Charles McClure - Professional Site Planning
Design ideas for a large transitional backyard stone water fountain landscape in Santa Barbara.
River Knoll
River Knoll
Outdoor Lifestyles
Elegant backyard stone and rectangular lap hot tub photo in New York
Bold Outdoor Living
Bold Outdoor Living
The Garden Route Company
A small cottage garden with dynamic textural contrasts. Photos by Rich Radford
Photo of a mid-sized mediterranean partial sun backyard gravel landscaping in San Francisco.
Northwest Retreat II
Northwest Retreat II
Deering Design Studio, Inc.
Outdoor patio shower - rustic backyard concrete outdoor patio shower idea in Seattle with a roof extension
Pergolas and Arbors
Pergolas and Arbors
Great Oaks Landscape Associates Inc.
These Landscape Architectural elements were designed and installed by Great Oaks Landscape Associates Inc. Great Oaks used pergolas and arbors to accent the patio's, sitting areas, and outdoor living spaces.

Whether you use your backyard for pool parties or cultivating a vegetable patch, having a beautiful outdoor space to retreat to can make all the difference. During your search for backyard ideas, consider the size of your outdoor space and the features that matter most to you. From gorgeous patios to mood-setting fire pits, you can browse thousands of backyard photos below.

1. Play to Your Backyard’s Size

When designing your backyard, it’s key to keep the size and shape of the space in mind. Small backyards can be made into intimate retreats, while more expansive spaces can benefit from varied landscaping. Good lighting is essential in small spaces, so you might consider adding string lights or a statement fixture. If you’ve got extra room, be creative with your landscaping and install a pool or garden pond in one section, and a shaded patio in another.

2. Pick the Features that Make You Happiest

While you plan your outdoor space, consider your lifestyle and how you envision using it: A backyard with a fire pit can be great for casually spending time with friends or family — even when it’s a bit chilly. On the other hand, a blossoming garden would be beautiful, and a lot of fun if you’ve got a green thumb.

3. Lawn or Patio — Or Both?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether you want a patio or an unpaved area. Having a grassy lawn is a great idea for kids, as they’ll be able to run and play comfortably. If you’d prefer to entertain, a stylish patio with tables and chairs is ideal. Pro-tip: if you’re looking for backyard ideas on a budget, consider using pea gravel instead of pavers, which is easier to install and boasts more of a natural look.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a backyard renovation or are building a designer backyard from scratch, Houzz has 439,273 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Deering Design Studio, Inc. and Troy Rhone Garden Design. Look through backyard pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a backyard 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 backyard photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.