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St. Helena, CA Residence
St. Helena, CA Residence
Weaver Design Group
Example of a mid-sized farmhouse backyard tile patio design in San Francisco
1017 Seagate Drive | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Estate
1017 Seagate Drive | Delray Beach, FL | Beach Area Estate
Pascal Liguori & Son
Outdoor Seating
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary backyard tile patio remodel in Other with a roof extension
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Upper East Side Brownstone
Upper East Side Brownstone
Cloud9 Smart
Inspiration for a 1950s backyard patio remodel in New York
Sandpoint Lodge by Wisconsin Log Homes
Sandpoint Lodge by Wisconsin Log Homes
Wisconsin Log Homes Inc
Inspiration for a rustic backyard concrete paver patio kitchen remodel in Other with a roof extension
19 North Hidden Harbour Drive | Gulf Stream, FL | Mediterranean-inspired
19 North Hidden Harbour Drive | Gulf Stream, FL | Mediterranean-inspired
Pascal Liguori & Son
Loggia
Inspiration for a mid-sized mediterranean backyard stamped concrete patio remodel in Miami with a roof extension
John Volk Palm Beach Estate
John Volk Palm Beach Estate
Beacon Construction Group Inc
Coral stone patio with brick pizza oven
Tuscan backyard tile patio kitchen photo in Miami with no cover
Desert Modern
Desert Modern
Sustain Scape
Example of a large minimalist backyard concrete patio design in Phoenix with a fire pit and a roof extension
Delahow Street 2, Daniel Island, SC 29492
Delahow Street 2, Daniel Island, SC 29492
SHELTER Custom-Built Living
Patrick Brickman Photographer
Example of a large trendy front yard tile patio fountain design in Charleston with a gazebo
Larchlea Project
Larchlea Project
Petrucci Homes
Patio - mid-sized farmhouse backyard stone patio idea in Detroit with a roof extension
Seacliff Beach Residence
Seacliff Beach Residence
Cayton Design Studio
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete patio remodel in San Francisco with no cover
Westerville patio, pergola fire-pit
Westerville patio, pergola fire-pit
Backyard Retreats Patios & Ponds
Shade cloth added to cedar pergola for some extra shade. With a fire pit, columns, waterfall and seat wall. Unilock Thornberry pavers with Il Campo banding.
shipwreck
shipwreck
Distinguished Pools
Mid-sized island style backyard tile patio photo in San Diego with a gazebo
Outdoor Kitchen and pergola Project in South Florida
Outdoor Kitchen and pergola Project in South Florida
Luxapatio
A complete contemporary backyard project was taken to another level of design. This amazing backyard was completed in the beginning of 2013 in Weston, Florida. The project included an Outdoor Kitchen with equipment by Lynx, and finished with Emperador Light Marble and a Spanish stone on walls. Also, a 32” X 16” wooden pergola attached to the house with a customized wooden wall for the TV on a structured bench with the same finishes matching the Outdoor Kitchen. The project also consist of outdoor furniture by The Patio District, pool deck with gold travertine material, and an ivy wall with LED lights and custom construction with Black Absolute granite finish and grey stone on walls. For more information regarding this or any other of our outdoor projects please visit our website at www.luxapatio.com where you may also shop online. You can also visit our showroom located in the Doral Design District (3305 NW 79 Ave Miami FL. 33122) or contact us at 305-477-5141. URL http://www.luxapatio.com
Oakhurst, NJ Outdoor Kitchen
Oakhurst, NJ Outdoor Kitchen
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Even in the depth of winter, this family can enjoy outside grilling on their K1000HB Hybrid-Fire grill by warming up in their fireplace lounge area.
Patio kitchen - contemporary tile patio kitchen idea in Newark with a roof extension
Outdoor Design
Outdoor Design
Concept 2 Design
Denice Lachapelle
Example of a mid-sized trendy backyard stone patio kitchen design in Miami with a gazebo
Mid century Concrete Patio - Racine
Mid century Concrete Patio - Racine
Ginkgo Leaf Studio
The new patio now wraps around the house, creating additional entertaining space. A Japanese maple under planted with hostas, anchors the edge of the patio and adds privacy from neighbors. Renn Kuhnen Photography
Greenbay
Greenbay
Thompson Custom Homes
Inspiration for a transitional patio remodel in Houston with a roof extension
Heaven on the Hillside
Heaven on the Hillside
Western Window Systems
The sitting room opens to a tastefully appointed outdoor space.
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete patio remodel in Phoenix with a roof extension
Traditional Style Outdoor Living Space
Traditional Style Outdoor Living Space
Pristine Acres
Inspiration for a timeless backyard stone patio remodel in Richmond with a gazebo
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Outdoor patios are frequently viewed as an extension of indoor living space. Whether they’re comprised of stone, brick or concrete, this paved area is a great spot for entertaining, especially when there’s a grill or fire pit present. Throw in an outdoor dining set and some decor, and it can easily become your favorite eating spot! As you browse outdoor patio ideas, keep in mind the following tips and tricks to get the most out of yours.

Plan a Proper Patio

Planning out your design before your remodel is crucial. When perusing patio ideas, keep in mind that people use them for different things, like entertaining, relaxing or outdoor activities. Because of this, figure out what you want the overall functionality of your space to be. Will you host large groups or intimate gatherings? Do you envision calm fireside chats, fun playtime activities for the kiddos or a little of both? Once you’ve nailed down the desired functionality of your new patio, think about the best way to create zones for each use case — maybe this is just one big seating area, and that’s OK!

Next, put some thought into any structures that you may want or need in your patio design. Do you need protection from the elements? A partial or fully covered space will give you the option to use the patio in varying weather, while adding architectural flair (think pergola, arbor, awning or trellis). Maybe privacy is at the top of your list, in which case you should consider some sort of built-in screen or a wall of plants to create your own oasis. Lastly, determine which major amenities are important to you; is an outdoor fireplace essential, or would a smaller scale fire pit work just as well? Do you want a built-in grilling station or will a smaller barbecue work for you? Is there a hot tub in your vision? All of these large-scale pieces will need to be worked into the initial plan from the get-go.

Choose Functional Materials

As with any space, materials lay the groundwork (no pun intended) for the overall style and feel, so make sure your choices accurately reflect the vibe of your home. When it comes to outdoor spaces, materials are especially important since they are exposed to the elements on a daily basis. Start with the foundation of your patio (the hardscaping) and build from there — different designs call for different materials, some of which may or may not work for your budget and space limitations. As you look through pictures and compile your favorite patio design ideas, note which materials you’re drawn to and ask your designer or contractor how you can best incorporate those into your own design. They may suggest alternatives depending on your budget and area.

Common hardscaping options include:

  • Pavers: Natural stone (terra cotta, flagstone etc) and brick
  • Concrete: Poured slab or interlocking pavers
  • Decking: Wood or manufactured lumber
  • Tile: Decorative ceramic or porcelain

Top It Off with Furniture and Decor

Even though patios can be as simple as a paved slab outside your house, with a few extra touches they can be so much more. Since you’ve already planned for the more permanent fixtures, like fireplaces or outdoor kitchens and bars, the rest is just filling in the layout with necessary furniture and fun decor. The nice part about decorating your patio is that every little thing can double as decor, including the functional stuff like seating and landscaping. Consider using the following items, even if some are on a seasonal basis:

  • Furniture: Chairs, sectionals, sofas, dining sets, coffee tables and side tables. Look for outdoor sets or collections to keep the pieces cohesive.
  • Rugs: Outdoor area or throw rugs that are weatherproof will warm up the space and make it feel more inviting and finished
  • Pillows and Cushions: Soften up the space with comfy cushions and throw pillows to bring the indoors outside.
  • Lighting: Rope and string lights will add a whimsical touch, lanterns and torches will give a soft glow, and candles (real or battery-powered) will set the mood.
  • Decorative Accents: Garden statues, bird feeders and wind chimes will all add personality.
  • Plants and Flowers: Planted directly in the ground or in pots and planters, flowers and foliage will help bring your patio ideas to life.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 453,404 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including EA Home Design and Longhouse Architects. Look through patio pictures in different colors 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 photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.