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Sonoma Valley Residence
Sonoma Valley Residence
Butler Armsden Architects
Inspiration for a cottage gravel patio remodel in San Francisco
Outside Living
Outside Living
Paul Hendershot Design, Inc.
Outdoor living space.
Inspiration for a timeless gravel patio remodel in Los Angeles with no cover
Incredible Award winning Lafeyette Garden
Incredible Award winning Lafeyette Garden
Garden Lights Landscape and Pool Development Inc.
Large elegant backyard gravel patio photo in San Francisco with a fire pit and no cover
Herb Gardens
Herb Gardens
Ecoscape Environmental Design
Patio vegetable garden - mid-sized transitional backyard gravel patio vegetable garden idea in Denver with no cover
Mulberry's Home Garden
Mulberry's Home Garden
Mulberry's Home
Featuring Galanter and Jones heated outdoor furniture, our garden is a refreshing retreat on PIedmont Avenue.
Patio - mid-sized eclectic backyard gravel patio idea in San Francisco with a pergola
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Montecito Remodel
Montecito Remodel
Barber Builders
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional side yard gravel patio remodel in Santa Barbara with a fire pit and no cover
Knepper Residence
Knepper Residence
Evolution Design Build Group
Patio - large rustic backyard gravel patio idea in Salt Lake City with a fire pit and no cover
Etra Collection | Modern Outdoor
Etra Collection | Modern Outdoor
Modern Outdoor
Casual yet elegant, the Etra Collection by Modern Outdoor offers a modern aesthetic that is constructed for outdoor use while being suitable for indoor settings. Etra’s visual inspiration is derived from its architectural-based frame system. Designed using structural angle steel that is mitered and ground, a clean and seamless surface gives Etra its pure appeal. Frame Options: • 304 stainless steel that is brushed and electropolished • marine-grade 316 stainless steel that is brushed and electropolished for use within one mile of salt air, available for an upcharge • powder coated carbon steel in our standard silver finish • custom powder coat colors, available for an upcharge Surface Options: • sustainably harvested ipe – a beautiful South American hardwood that is three times as dense as teak — naturally resistant to rot, insects, UV exposure, ice, salt, abrasion and splintering – all without the need for toxic chemicals — considered a 25+ year wood • marine-grade polyboard – a UV stabilized high-density polyethylene material that is non-corrosive and chip resistant – available in six colors for expanded design choices Fabric Options: • six standard colors of 100% solution dyed acrylic treated for outdoor use are offered • custom fabrics and COM service are also available Cushion Options: • our standard foam cushions are made from outdoor appropriate high-resiliency (HR) foam • for clients that prefer less maintenance, a flow-through foam that allows water and moisture to escape the cushion is also available for an upcharge Etra is a full-breadth line with dining, bar height, lounge, cafe, patio and pool setting pieces included. The pieces are readily customizable for individual client needs.
Lain Project
Lain Project
Outdoor Artisan, Inc.
Photo by: Bruce Saunders with Connectivity Group, LLC
Patio - mid-sized craftsman backyard gravel patio idea in Charlotte with a fire pit and a pergola
Outdoor Fireplaces & Firepits
Outdoor Fireplaces & Firepits
Paragon Landscape Management
Patio - large transitional backyard gravel patio idea in Charlotte with a fire pit and no cover
Clean and Contemporary Landscape
Clean and Contemporary Landscape
Heynssens + Grassman, Inc.
The weekly glove-clean service includes blowing and raking the bluestone chips, cleaning the furniture, countertops, appliances, window sills, light fixtures and walls, scrubbing algae/moss from the bluestone and stucco surfaces. Photography by Linda Oyama Bryan
Arlington Oasis
Arlington Oasis
Melissa MacDonald, Landscape Architect
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern backyard gravel patio remodel in Boston with a fire pit
Cape Cod Style Farmhouse Renovation/Remodel, Kittery Maine
Cape Cod Style Farmhouse Renovation/Remodel, Kittery Maine
Howell Custom Building Group
Rob Karosis, Sabrina Inc
Outdoor patio shower - coastal gravel outdoor patio shower idea in Boston with no cover
Magnolia Hill
Magnolia Hill
Bonick Landscaping
Corten steel risers lead to cozy seating area Landscape Design: Michael Pappas for Bonick Landscaping Photography: Clay Hayner Furniture: Brown Jordan Kantan Rockers
Ferndale Remodel
Ferndale Remodel
Coast View Construction Inc.
Linda Oyama Bryan
Outdoor patio shower - mid-sized contemporary backyard gravel outdoor patio shower idea in Seattle with a roof extension
Palo Alto 2
Palo Alto 2
Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
Kitchen, dining area and fire feature. Jason Liske photographer
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard gravel patio remodel in San Francisco
Home in the Trees on Forest Trail
Home in the Trees on Forest Trail
New Leaf Custom Homes
Example of a trendy backyard gravel patio design in Dallas with a fire pit and no cover
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
Skyline Landscapes, Inc.
The goal of this landscape design and build project was to create a simple patio using peastone with a granite cobble edging. The patio sits adjacent to the residence and is bordered by lawn, vegetable garden beds, and a cairn rock water feature. Designed and built by Skyline Landscapes, LLC.
Potomac courtyard
Potomac courtyard
Kirkpatrick Design
Patio - contemporary gravel patio idea in Houston
Modern Spanish Remodel Addition - Melrose District
Modern Spanish Remodel Addition - Melrose District
InHance Interiors
Patio - mediterranean gravel patio idea in Los Angeles with no cover
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Highly underrated, gravel is an elegant and low-cost option to fill your backyard patio with. It’ll give your space an effortless old-world look with a fraction of the labor that’s required to install pavers. There are several varieties to choose from, including pea gravel, marble chips or crushed stone, and the landscape design possibilities are nearly endless. Whether you envision a leafy garden with a meandering path and patio, or a warm spot to soak up the sun and entertain, gravel can work for you. Read on to find gravel patio ideas to use in your own backyard.

Why You Should Choose Gravel

Gravel has a lot going for it as a patio hardscape material. It costs much less than brick, concrete or natural stone, and because it’s so easy to pour into a patio, the labor costs of working with it tend to be much lower. In fact, it’s even possible to do the work yourself with a little elbow grease. Gravel is also environmentally-friendly, as it’s simply made of crushed stone, a material that’s much less intensive to make than concrete or brick.

But besides all of those practical considerations, gravel patios look gorgeous. In particular, small pebble varieties like pea gravel will give your yard a delicate look that blends right in with your natural environment. When it rains, moisture will seep down into the soil rather than pooling on your patio.

Be Creative With Your Patio Design

Gravel looks gorgeous on its own, but you can also combine it with pavers to create an interesting landscape. Natural stone pavers with uneven edges can make a gorgeous stepping stone pathway to a seating area. Or, create a formal look with square concrete pavers in a line, surrounded by gravel. If you want the focus to be on a table and chair set, make a circle with low rocks arranged around your gravel patio.

How to Incorporate Greenery

Gravel patios go hand in hand with lots of plants and flowers. First off, gravel will help prevent erosion and keep soil in place, so your garden will stay healthy. There will also be less of a stark contrast between your loose soil and your patio hardscape, perfect for achieving a more naturalistic look. If you live in a hot and dry climate, tan-colored gravel is ideal for softening up the look of a native garden. On the other hand, a lush grass lawn looks beautiful up against pea gravel. Incorporating plenty of flowering plants and leafy trees around the border of your patio will add shade, coolness and lots of ambiance.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Space

From small to expansive backyards, it’s possible to create a gravel patio that invites you to sit and stay a while. If you’re limited on space, pick one feature and run with it. Fire pits look great against a gravel surface, and it’ll feel almost like you’re camping! Alternatively, a European-style bistro set would look particularly picturesque. For patios with a little more room, opt for a full dining table and chairs — entertaining will feel more like a picnic in the country than just another backyard barbecue!


Whether you want inspiration for planning a gravel patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 2,058 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including InHance Interiors and Skyline Landscapes, Inc.. Look through patio photos in different colors and styles and when you find a gravel 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 gravel patio ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.