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Tarrytown Pavilion
Tarrytown Pavilion
Studio Steinbomer
Photo Credit: Thomas McConnell
Small minimalist patio photo in Austin
Simple Outdoor Living - Bradley Home
Simple Outdoor Living - Bradley Home
Vifah
Patio - small rustic backyard patio idea in Boston
Eco-Friendly in Ball Square
Eco-Friendly in Ball Square
Design Details
The doors and windows were replaced to give visual access to the lush backyard garden.
Example of a small classic backyard stone patio design in Boston with no cover
Small Backyard & Front Yard Remodel
Small Backyard & Front Yard Remodel
System Pavers
This outdoor remodel consists of a full front yard and backyard re-design. A Small, private paver patio was built off the master bedroom, boasting an elegant fire pit and exquisite views of those West Coast sunsets. In the front courtyard, a paver walkway and patio was built in - perfect for alfresco dining or lounging with loved ones. The front of the home features a new landscape design and LED lighting, creating an elegant look and adding plenty of curb appeal
Shade Sails
Shade Sails
Smart Shade Solutions Inc.
Shade Sail to provide shade all day long on patio.
Small beach style backyard concrete patio photo in Miami with an awning
STAPLETON SANCTUARY
STAPLETON SANCTUARY
C&H Landscaping
This tiny Stapleton back yard in Denver was extremely sloped, uninviting and not usable at all. We designed the yard to be multiple levels, creating unique spaces. The modern cedar pergola has custom cut steel panels on top for shade that casts shadows that are a work of art, which change throughout the day. The custom, linear steel fire pit make this space warm and inviting year round. The owner is a writer and wanted a quite "zen" area near the fountain. We built a custom steel water feature that mimics rainfall and adds a subtle sound of water in the entire back yard. Built in cedar planters add warmth to the yard.
Country Farmhouse Gathering
Country Farmhouse Gathering
Artemis Landscape Architects, Inc.
Inspiration for a small country backyard gravel patio vegetable garden remodel in Bridgeport with no cover
Inside Out
Inside Out
Luxescapes, LLC
Stephen Himschoot
Patio kitchen - small rustic backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Denver with a pergola
Brooklyn Heights yard
Brooklyn Heights yard
Anthony Crisafulli Photography
© Anthony Crisafulli
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard brick patio remodel in New York
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Mechanicsville
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Mechanicsville
Outdoor Dreams
Inspiration for a small rustic backyard concrete paver patio remodel in Richmond
Outdoor Kitchen Starkey Ranch Trinity
Outdoor Kitchen Starkey Ranch Trinity
Stone 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.
Contemporary Exterior Remodel - Vancouver Wa
Contemporary Exterior Remodel - Vancouver Wa
Kashas Design | Build
Patio container garden - small backyard concrete paver patio container garden idea in Portland with a pergola
In-Town Backyard
In-Town Backyard
authenTEAK Outdoor Living
This beautiful outdoor space in Atlanta's Virginia Highland neighborhood was designed by Land Plus Associates and constructed by Okun Tech. Outdoor kitchen featuring Kingsley-Bate Valhalla table and Sag Harbor chairs. Appliances by Lynx.
Westside El Paso Contemporary Outdoor Living
Westside El Paso Contemporary Outdoor Living
GO Designs Inc.
Cool & Contemporary is the vibe our clients were seeking out. Phase 1 complete for this El Paso Westside project. Consistent with the homes architecture and lifestyle creates a space to handle all occasions. Early morning coffee on the patio or around the firepit, smores, drinks, relaxing, reading & maybe a little dancing. Cedar planks set on raw steel post create a cozy atmosphere. Sitting or laying down on cushions and pillows atop the smooth buff leuders limestone bench with your feet popped up on the custom gas firepit. Raw steel veneer, limestone cap and stainless steel fire fixtures complete the sleek contemporary feels. Concrete steps & path lights beam up and accentuates the focal setting. To prep for phase 2, ground cover pathways and areas are ready for the new outdoor movie projector, more privacy, picnic area, permanent seating, landscape and lighting to come.
Exterior Design
Exterior Design
Bankston May Associates
Photo Credit: Peter Molick Architect: Content
Small trendy backyard patio photo in Houston with a fire pit and no cover
Miami Vice Patio  _ TRX  " eco wood " floors installation
Miami Vice Patio _ TRX " eco wood " floors installation
The Garden District
Small trendy backyard patio kitchen photo in Miami with a pergola
casiTa
casiTa
The Ranch Mine
Photos by Roehner + Ryan
Small minimalist patio photo in Phoenix
Beautiful Farmhouse
Beautiful Farmhouse
Kane Landscapes Inc
A rustic flagstone patio form abutts both pavers and an stone wall for an interesting mix of colors and textures. A large, custom fireplace acts as a gathering place. *Photograph by Julie Kane
Green Island Design
Green Island Design
Green Island Design
Radial Outdoor Kitchen with Cambridge Paver Patio Bluestone Blend
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard concrete paver patio kitchen remodel in New York
Related Searches

Having a small patio doesn’t have to be a negative — a compact area is ideal for creating a cozy and intimate outdoor retreat. Of course, you’ll have to use space wisely, but with carefully selected furniture, plants and decor, your small backyard will be full of charm. While you search for small patio ideas for your home, keep the following design tips and guidelines in mind.

1. Pick One Function and Run With It

When considering your patio design, it’s often best to choose one purpose for your backyard, whether it’s planting a garden, having a dining space or a spot to read and lounge.

2. Hang a Hammock or Swing Chair

Even if your patio is on the very small side, you can hang a hammock or swing chair and create your own private nook.

3. Potted Plants Galore

If you live in an apartment, you may not be able to plant your own garden. Not to worry — simply arrange as many potted and hanging plants around your patio as possible for a lush garden escape.

4. French Bistro Dining Set

You can still dine in your small outdoor patio with a petit bistro-style dining set. Whether you’re having a summer breakfast or some evening drinks, you’re sure to enjoy the old-fashioned charm.

5. Add Some Shade

One of the easiest ways to add a cover to your patio is with a shade sail, which can be attached to your roof, a tree or a fence to create a cool spot. Alternatively, you can plant lush and leafy vines around a wooden pergola or arbor.

6. Hang String Lights

Good lighting is key in a small backyard, and will make the space inviting for intimate get-togethers in the evening. Set a festive mood by hanging string lights across your yard.

7. Install a Water Feature

Adding a fountain, bird bath or trickling water feature is an ideal small patio decorating move, as it doesn’t have to take up much room, but goes a long way in creating a serene and relaxing backyard.

8. Add a Fire Pit

Ambiance, warmth, backyard s’mores — with all this a fire pit can add quite a lot to any outdoor space.

9. Incorporate Color

If you’re in need of some budget-friendly small patio ideas, simply add comfort and color to your yard with vibrant throw pillows or an outdoor rug.

10. Enjoy a Cozy Couch

Having an outdoor sofa in your yard will instantly make the space feel more inviting. If you have limited room, opt for an outdoor loveseat and a lounge chair or two.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 12,322 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Artemis Landscape Architects, Inc. and William Roy Designer Kitchens. Look through patio pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a small 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 small patio photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.