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Las Alturas Road, Santa Barbara
Las Alturas Road, Santa Barbara
The Aldrich Company - Landscape DesignThe Aldrich Company - Landscape Design
Vivid pink Bougainvillea flourishes near a stone pathway bordered with periwinkle Sea Lavender Statice and gated patio
Patio - small mediterranean brick patio idea in Santa Barbara
Industrial Chic Home
Industrial Chic Home
WeisshouseWeisshouse
Greenery helps to make the patio feel private despite it's urban location. Photo by Adam Milliron
Patio - small industrial backyard stone patio idea in Other with no cover
Compact Kitchen by Blaze Products
Compact Kitchen by Blaze Products
The Garden DistrictThe Garden District
Blaze products were used in this compact outdoor kitchen. Our popular blaze grill with stainless steel doors for storage of the propane gas and customer added a Blaze fridge too. We added a larger more natural stone stacked wall to the built in kitchen island and finished the job with a pretty grey granite as a countertop.
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Concrete Flooring
Concrete Flooring
Concrete Magic Designs, LLCConcrete Magic Designs, LLC
Inspiration for a small timeless backyard concrete patio remodel in New Orleans with a roof extension
Outdoor Kitchen Starkey Ranch Trinity
Outdoor Kitchen Starkey Ranch Trinity
Stone Outdoor KitchensStone Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor Kitchen in Trinity FL. Featuring steel gray granite 3 cm, 304 steel Zline 760 cfm hood, Bull Steer Premium Grill, 304 steel sink with faucet, Bull standard fridge, Bull access doors, natural dry stacked stone (Golden Honey) siding with accent stone veneer wall.
Capitol Hill Residence
Capitol Hill Residence
GardenWiseGardenWise
Michael K. Wilkinson
Patio - small traditional patio idea in DC Metro
Rustic Chic New Construction - Northbrook, IL
Rustic Chic New Construction - Northbrook, IL
Scott Simpson Design + BuildScott Simpson Design + Build
Connected to an outdoor kitchen is an expansive open-air porch with fireplace and TV.
Inspiration for a small farmhouse side yard tile patio remodel in Chicago with a fire pit and a roof extension
Mid Century Courtyard Remodel
Mid Century Courtyard Remodel
SCJ Studio Landscape ArchitectureSCJ Studio Landscape Architecture
Already partially enclosed by an ipe fence and concrete wall, our client had a vision of an outdoor courtyard for entertaining on warm summer evenings since the space would be shaded by the house in the afternoon. He imagined the space with a water feature, lighting and paving surrounded by plants. With our marching orders in place, we drew up a schematic plan quickly and met to review two options for the space. These options quickly coalesced and combined into a single vision for the space. A thick, 60” tall concrete wall would enclose the opening to the street – creating privacy and security, and making a bold statement. We knew the gate had to be interesting enough to stand up to the large concrete walls on either side, so we designed and had custom fabricated by Dennis Schleder (www.dennisschleder.com) a beautiful, visually dynamic metal gate. The gate has become the icing on the cake, all 300 pounds of it! Other touches include drought tolerant planting, bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite paving, LED accent lighting, and outdoor furniture. Both existing trees were retained and are thriving with their new soil. The garden was installed in December and our client is extremely happy with the results – so are we! Photo credits, Coreen Schmidt
Urban Frenzy
Urban Frenzy
KD LandscapeKD Landscape
The loveseat and pergola provide a shady resting spot behind the garage in this city garden.
Example of a small island style backyard brick patio container garden design in Chicago with a pergola
Atlantic Beach Contemporary Compact Backyard
Atlantic Beach Contemporary Compact Backyard
Cascade Outdoor DesignCascade Outdoor Design
Small spaces can provide big challenges. These homeowners wanted to include a lot in their tiny backyard! There were also numerous city restrictions to comply with, and elevations to contend with. The design includes several seating areas, a fire feature that can be seen from the home's front entry, a water wall, and retractable screens. This was a "design only" project. Installation was coordinated by the homeowner and completed by others. Photos copyright Cascade Outdoor Design, LLC
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
Rustic Peastone Patio & Garden - World's End, Hingham
UserUser
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.
Mill Valley Cottage to Home Transformation
Mill Valley Cottage to Home Transformation
Jetton Construction, Inc.Jetton Construction, Inc.
This property was transformed from an 1870s YMCA summer camp into an eclectic family home, built to last for generations. Space was made for a growing family by excavating the slope beneath and raising the ceilings above. Every new detail was made to look vintage, retaining the core essence of the site, while state of the art whole house systems ensure that it functions like 21st century home. This home was featured on the cover of ELLE Décor Magazine in April 2016. G.P. Schafer, Architect Rita Konig, Interior Designer Chambers & Chambers, Local Architect Frederika Moller, Landscape Architect Eric Piasecki, Photographer
Entertaining Space
Entertaining Space
Susan Cohan GardensSusan Cohan Gardens
Custom trellis stained Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green HC-133 are supports for espaliered apple trees and a backdrop for a small deer resistant perennial bed.
Chicago Outdoor Kitchen
Chicago Outdoor Kitchen
Kalamazoo Outdoor GourmetKalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
Mr. and Mrs. Eades, the owners of this Chicago home, were inspired to build a Kalamazoo outdoor kitchen because of their love of cooking. “The grill became the center point for doing our outdoor kitchen,” Mr. Eades noted. After working long days, Mr. Eades and his wife, prefer to experiment with new recipes in the comfort of their own home. The Hybrid Fire Grill is the focal point of this compact outdoor kitchen. Weather-tight cabinetry was built into the masonry for storage, and an Artisan Fire Pizza Oven sits atop the countertop and allows the Eades’ to cook restaurant quality Neapolitan style pizzas in their own backyard.
New Urban Garden
New Urban Garden
SED DesignSED Design
Small trendy backyard brick patio fountain photo in Philadelphia with a pergola
Atlantic Beach, Fl
Atlantic Beach, Fl
Cynthia Burns Landscape DesignCynthia Burns Landscape Design
Photo by Celeste Burns Photography
Inspiration for a small coastal backyard patio kitchen remodel in Jacksonville with decking and no cover
Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor Kitchen
DeGoey DesignsDeGoey Designs
Patio kitchen - small industrial backyard brick patio kitchen idea in Other
4th Street Townhouse, Park Slope
4th Street Townhouse, Park Slope
Harper Design BuildHarper Design Build
Small trendy backyard stone patio photo in New York with a pergola
Thigpen Residence
Thigpen Residence
Chris Corbett DesignChris Corbett Design
Neil Michael - Axiom Photography
Inspiration for a small modern courtyard patio remodel in Sacramento

Small Patio Ideas

Iron Shade Arbor
Iron Shade Arbor
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & DesignExterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
This shade arbor, located in The Woodlands, TX north of Houston, spans the entire length of the back yard. It combines a number of elements with custom structures that were constructed to emulate specific aspects of a Zen garden. The homeowner wanted a low-maintenance garden whose beauty could withstand the tough seasonal weather that strikes the area at various times of the year. He also desired a mood-altering aesthetic that would relax the senses and calm the mind. Most importantly, he wanted this meditative environment completely shielded from the outside world so he could find serenity in total privacy. The most unique design element in this entire project is the roof of the shade arbor itself. It features a “negative space” leaf pattern that was designed in a software suite and cut out of the metal with a water jet cutter. Each form in the pattern is loosely suggestive of either a leaf, or a cluster of leaves. These small, negative spaces cut from the metal are the source of the structure’ powerful visual and emotional impact. During the day, sunlight shines down and highlights columns, furniture, plantings, and gravel with a blend of dappling and shade that make you feel like you are sitting under the branches of a tree. At night, the effects are even more brilliant. Skillfully concealed lights mounted on the trusses reflect off the steel in places, while in other places they penetrate the negative spaces, cascading brilliant patterns of ambient light down on vegetation, hardscape, and water alike. The shade arbor shelters two gravel patios that are almost identical in space. The patio closest to the living room features a mini outdoor dining room, replete with tables and chairs. The patio is ornamented with a blend of ornamental grass, a small human figurine sculpture, and mid-level impact ground cover. Gravel was chosen as the preferred hardscape material because of its Zen-like connotations. It is also remarkably soft to walk on, helping to set the mood for a relaxed afternoon in the dappled shade of gently filtered sunlight. The second patio, spaced 15 feet away from the first, resides adjacent to the home at the opposite end of the shade arbor. Like its twin, it is also ornamented with ground cover borders, ornamental grasses, and a large urn identical to the first. Seating here is even more private and contemplative. Instead of a table and chairs, there is a large decorative concrete bench cut in the shape of a giant four-leaf clover. Spanning the distance between these two patios, a bluestone walkway connects the two spaces. Along the way, its borders are punctuated in places by low-level ornamental grasses, a large flowering bush, another sculpture in the form of human faces, and foxtail ferns that spring up from a spread of river rock that punctuates the ends of the walkway. The meditative quality of the shade arbor is reinforced by two special features. The first of these is a disappearing fountain that flows from the top of a large vertical stone embedded like a monolith in the other edges of the river rock. The drains and pumps to this fountain are carefully concealed underneath the covering of smooth stones, and the sound of the water is only barely perceptible, as if it is trying to force you to let go of your thoughts to hear it. A large piece of core-10 steel, which is deliberately intended to rust quickly, rises up like an arced wall from behind the fountain stone. The dark color of the metal helps the casual viewer catch just a glimpse of light reflecting off the slow trickle of water that runs down the side of the stone into the river rock bed. To complete the quiet moment that the shade arbor is intended to invoke, a thick wall of cypress trees rises up on all sides of the yard, completely shutting out the disturbances of the world with a comforting wall of living greenery that comforts the thoughts and emotions.
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