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Patio Ideas

Outdoor patios are frequently viewed as an extension of indoor living space. Whether it's comprised of stone, brick or concrete, this paved area is often used as a socializing location, especially when there’s a grill or fire pit present. Throw in an outdoor dining set and some patio decor, and it can also become your favorite eating spot! As you browse outdoor patio ideas, keep in mind the follows tips and tricks to get the most out of yours.

How do I plan a proper patio design?


Planning out your patio design before your remodel is crucial. When perusing patio ideas, keep in mind that people use patios for different things, but they primarily use it as a space for entertaining and relaxing. Because of this, figure out what you want this area’s overall functionality to be. Will you have large groups over or a few intimate gatherings? Will you be serving food or are you more of a cocktail hour type? Secondly, take time to figure out what materials will work best for your remodel — different patio designs call for different materials, some of which might not work for your budget and space limitations. Then, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area; think about any weather (rain or sun) that you want to protect yourself from. Next, determine what amenities are important to you; is an outdoor fireplace essential, or would a smaller scale fire pit work just as well? Do you need a big grill or will a smaller barbecue work for you? Lastly, much like any other room in your home, decorate the space to ensure that it's welcoming, interesting and aligned with your home’s style.

What materials can patios be made from?


As with any outdoor space, materials dictate the overall style and feel, so make sure your choices accurately reflect the vibe of your home. Stone and terra-cotta tile are common with mediterranean houses, while brick is most often seen in traditional homes. Concrete works well with almost any space and style, so it's always a great option when you're choosing patio materials. After you figure out your foundation, decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area. You can always add a pergola, arbor, awning or trellis for some shade, or you can let the sun shine down on your patio. As you look through pictures and compile your favorite patio design ideas, note which materials you’re drawn to and try to incorporate those into your own design.

What should I incorporate in my patio design?


Even though patios can be nothing more than paved slabs outside your house, they can also be so much more if you add the right touches. Fire pits and fireplaces are great for cooler nights, while an outdoor kitchen and bar make it an ideal party mecca. Regardless of what you do, a spot to grill and eat is a must for al fresco dining, and you need good furniture to truly enjoy even the most basic outdoor space. Depending on your budget and maintenance threshold, you can even splurge on a few additional patio ideas, like a hot tub or pool to warm up or cool down all year round.

How should I incorporate patio decor?


You won’t have to look far for patio decorating ideas, since every little thing can double as decor outside, including plants and flowers. You should make sure that everything you do place outdoors, like furniture, is weatherproof. That doesn't mean your patio can't look as good as any indoor living room! Rugs, throw pillows and chair cushions all come in waterproof fabrics, while coffee tables, side tables, sofas, sectionals and armchairs often come together in sets. Rope or string lighting are popular patio decorating ideas (as well as mood setters), as are candles, which can also keep bugs away if you get the right kind. Put together some flower or succulent arrangements in pretty containers and place those around your space to liven it up. Fun little accessories, like a garden gnome, tiki torch, bird feeder or umbrella can add more personality where it's lacking — keep your eyes peeled when looking at patio pictures to see what decor you can draw inspiration from.

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Large trendy courtyard concrete patio photo in Milwaukee

Tricia Shay Photography
Large trendy courtyard concrete patio photo in Milwaukee
sloped roof overhang with wood finish - svammen

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola

Transitional backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a pergola
Love the stones in embedded in grass, pergola, floaty lighting...what's not to like? - legarci3

Inspiration for a large transitional backyard concrete patio remodel in Seattle with a fire pit

Inspiration for a large transitional backyard concrete patio remodel in Seattle with a fire pit
Gable Roof w/ open truss? Vaulted ceilng w/ skylights. - designstudiomv

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio kitchen remodel in Orange County with a roof extension

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio kitchen remodel in Orange County with a roof extension
Kitchen with dining table and no bar top. - sailingsully

Inspiration for a modern backyard concrete paver patio remodel in San Francisco with a fire pit

View of rear yard included custom-colored concrete walls, pavers, riverstone and a built-in bench around a firepit. Sliding Glass wall system by Nanawall. All exterior lighting by Bega. Catherine Nguyen Photography
like lighted stairs...similar concept to what we discussed w/ Susan and Greg - ghrall

Large transitional backyard patio photo in Dallas with decking, an awning and a fire pit

Large transitional backyard patio photo in Dallas with decking, an awning and a fire pit
Fire pit with fountain into pool? - myerskristinmarie

Patio kitchen - beach style patio kitchen idea in Orlando with a roof extension

Rickie Agapito
Patio kitchen - beach style patio kitchen idea in Orlando with a roof extension
Super perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. - webuser_396485012

Inspiration for a beach style backyard patio remodel in Miami with a roof extension

Inspiration for a beach style backyard patio remodel in Miami with a roof extension
Blue screen porch ceiling with fan and wicker. - susang17

Inspiration for a timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Minneapolis with a roof extension and a fireplace

Builder: John Kraemer & Sons | Architect: Swan Architecture | Interiors: Katie Redpath Constable | Landscaping: Bechler Landscapes | Photography: Landmark Photography
I really like the slight arch in the upper beam - webuser_486560456

Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse patio remodel in Los Angeles

Inspiration for a mid-sized farmhouse patio remodel in Los Angeles
white wide planks outside - yukon13

Example of a country backyard concrete paver patio design in Burlington with a pergola

Example of a country backyard concrete paver patio design in Burlington with a pergola
back corner of yard at Brewton - carlyon_carr

Patio - mid-sized industrial backyard gravel patio idea in Austin with a roof extension

Patio - mid-sized industrial backyard gravel patio idea in Austin with a roof extension
String lights outside wall at deck - janembryant

Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in San Francisco with a pergola

Example of a classic backyard patio kitchen design in San Francisco with a pergola
fresh herbs like on the left of this pic - coodcc

Coastal backyard brick patio kitchen photo in Orange County with a gazebo

Landscape/exterior design - Molly Wood Garden Design Design - Mindy Gayer Design Photo - Lane Dittoe
Coastal backyard brick patio kitchen photo in Orange County with a gazebo
bancos and outdoor kitchen but with adobe - legarci3

Example of a tuscan backyard patio design in Sacramento with a fire pit and decking

Outdoor living space in backyard features a fire pit and a cement tile fountain.
Example of a tuscan backyard patio design in Sacramento with a fire pit and decking
pretty firepit with seating around, probably wouldn't make sense to have this wall / fountain, but I like the square firepit with comfy chairs - jabb

Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio kitchen remodel in Phoenix

CDC Designs and Josh Caldwell Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard patio kitchen remodel in Phoenix
Ventiladores techo, fuente de agua - luisyanezmx

2013 NARI CAPITAL COTY, MERIT AWARD WINNER, RESIDENTIAL EXTERIOR A family of five living in a Chantilly, Virginia, neighborhood with a lot of improvement going on decided to do a project of their own. An active family, they decided their old deck was ragged, beat up and needed revamping. After discussing their needs, the design team at Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes developed a plan for a covered porch and a wrap-around upscale deck. Traffic flow and multiple entrances were important, as was a place for the kids to leave their muddy shoes. A double staircase leading the deck into the large backyard provides a panoramic view of the parkland behind the property. A side staircase lets the kids come into the covered porch and mudroom prior to entering the main house. The covered porch touts large colonial style columns, a beaded cedar (stained) ceiling, recess lighting, ceiling fans and a large television with outdoor surround sound. The deck touts synthetic railing and stained grade decking and offers extended living space just outside of the kitchen and family room, as well as a grill space and outdoor patio seating. This new outdoor facility has become the jewel of their neighborhood and now the family can enjoy their backyard activities more than ever.

Patio - contemporary backyard concrete paver patio idea in New York

Kitchen with floating counter
Patio - contemporary backyard concrete paver patio idea in New York
Mesh for outdoor kitchen - pappy477

Example of a large country stone patio design in DC Metro

Greg Hadley Photography
Example of a large country stone patio design in DC Metro
Natural Stone - Warm Colour Scheme - square cut - webuser_287270760

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