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Houston Firepit, Two-Tier Pergola & Outdoor Kitchen With Pizza Oven
Houston Firepit, Two-Tier Pergola & Outdoor Kitchen With Pizza Oven
InnovationLand
A two-level pergola, circular firepit area and outdoor kitchen with a charcoal-gas combo grill star in this Houston patio addition designed for entertaining large crowds in style. "The client was an attorney with a passion for cooking and entertaining," says the project's principal designer, Lisha Maxey of LGH Designs. "Her main objective with this space was to create a large area for 10 to 20 guests, including seating and the prep and cooking of meals." Located in the backyard of the client's home in Spring, TX, this beautiful outdoor living and entertaining space includes a 28-by-12-foot patio with Fantastico silver travertine tile flooring, arranged in a Versailles pattern. The walkway is Oklahoma wister flagstone. Providing filtered shade for the patio is a two-level pergola of treated pine stained honey gold. The larger, higher tier is about 18 by 10 feet; the smaller, lower tier is about 10 feet square. "We covered the entire pergola with Lexan - a high-quality, clear acrylic sheet that provides protection from the sun, heat and rain," says Outdoor Homescapes of Houston owner Wayne Franks. Beneath the lower tier of the pergola sits an L-shaped, 12-by-9-foot outdoor kitchen island faced with Carmel Country ledgestone. The island houses a Fire Magic® combination charcoal-gas grill and lowered power burner, a Pacific Living countertop pizza oven and a stainless steel RCS trash drawer and sink. The countertops and raised bar are Fantastico silver travertine (18-square-inch tiles) and the backsplash is real quartz. "The most unique design item of this kitchen area is the hexagon/circular table we added to the end of the long bar," says Lisha. This enabled the client to add seating for her dining guests." Under the higher, larger tier of the pergola is a seating area, made up of a coffee table and espresso-colored rattan sofa and club chairs with spring-green-and-white cushions. "Lighting also plays an important role in this space, since the client often entertains in the evening," says Wayne. Enter the chandelier over the patio seating arrangement and - over the outdoor kitchen - pendant lamps and an industrial-modern ceiling fan with a light fixture in the center. "It's important to layer your lighting for ambiance, security and safety - from an all-over ambient light that fills the space to under-the-counter task lighting for food prep and cooking to path and retaining wall lighting." Off the patio is a transition area of crushed granite and floating flagstone pavers, leading to a circular firepit area of stamped concrete. At the center of this circle is the standalone firepit, framed at the back by a curved stone bench. The walls of the bench and column bases for the pergola, by the way, are the same ledgestone as the kitchen island. The top slab on the bench is a hearth piece of manmade stone. "I think the finish materials blend with the home really well," says Wayne. "We met her objectives of being able to entertain with 10 to 12 to 20 people at one time and being able to cook with charcoal and gas separately in one unit. And of course, the project was on time, on budget." "It is truly a paradise," says client Carvanna Cloud in her Houzz review of the project. "They listened to my vision and incorporated their expertise to create an outdoor living space just perfect for me and my family!"
West Chester Residence 3
West Chester Residence 3
B.DeMichele Inc.
Patio with Stone Veneer Grill Island and Sitting Walls
Small elegant backyard stone patio kitchen photo in Philadelphia with no cover
Zen Patio at the "Chi House"
Zen Patio at the "Chi House"
Jennifer A. Emmer/Feng Shui Style
We Feng Shui'ed and designed this 8 unit Furnished Corporate Rental in San Jose, CA. With respect to Feng Shui, all the colors we used are pumping up specific areas for the owner as well as the guests.
Yard Crashers Design in Kansas City!
Yard Crashers Design in Kansas City!
VanElders Design Studio - Stantec Kansas City
Pergola and chair backs were painted to match the hanging chair. Photo by VanElders Design Studio.
Inspiration for a small modern backyard decomposed granite patio vertical garden remodel in Kansas City with a pergola
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.
Splendid 2
Splendid 2
Mustard Design
Outside patio and firepit photo credit: Steve Rawls
Example of a small farmhouse front yard gravel patio design in Austin with no cover and a fire pit
Pacific Heights
Pacific Heights
Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
Landscape lighting at courtyard
Inspiration for a small contemporary courtyard patio remodel in San Francisco with no cover
ST095 _ 8707 W Flycatcher Pl
ST095 _ 8707 W Flycatcher Pl
Lance Johnson Building Company
Patio - small modern backyard concrete patio idea in Other with a roof extension
Kalorama Contemporary
Kalorama Contemporary
JHLA | Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture
Our clients on this project were inspired by their travels to Asia and wanted to mimic this aesthetic at their DC property. We designed a water feature that effectively masks adjacent traffic noise and maintains a small footprint.
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.
Polished Modern
Polished Modern
Bartone Interiors
A screen porch with ghost screens makes bringing the outdoors in even easier when the weather is great!
Small trendy concrete patio photo in Raleigh with a roof extension
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Mechanicsville
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Mechanicsville
Outdoor Dreams
Example of a small mountain style backyard concrete paver patio design in Richmond
Glass House in the Garden
Glass House in the Garden
Flavin Architects
Modern glass house set in the landscape evokes a midcentury vibe. A modern gas fireplace divides the living area with a polished concrete floor from the greenhouse with a gravel floor. The frame is painted steel with aluminum sliding glass door. The front features a green roof with native grasses and the rear is covered with a glass roof. Photo by: Gregg Shupe Photography
The Douglas Scottsdale
The Douglas Scottsdale
Chimera Interior Design
Inspiration for a small contemporary backyard stone patio remodel in Phoenix with no cover
Beach House - Outdoor living space
Beach House - Outdoor living space
Sybil Jane Barrido, FASID, CID - SJVD DESIGN
Beach House - Outdoor living space Photo by Henry Cabala
Inspiration for a small transitional courtyard concrete paver patio fountain remodel in Los Angeles
22nd Street Small Garden
22nd Street Small Garden
Outside Space NYC Landscape Design
What was a patchy lawn looking onto an A/C unit proved to be very hard to upkeep, like most lawns: fluctuating between wet and soggy and dry and dusty. So the client—a film editor—wanted a natural play space for both kids and adults that was more attractive and easier to maintain. We replaced the lawn with irregular bluestone to give the garden a natural organic feel, and framed it in the back with a curved stone seating wall to maximize the seating area. We added privacy lattice work to the existing fence and in front of the AC unit for a consistent back screen. The result is a garden that is easy to keep up, spacious and inviting of those wielding toy trucks and cocktails alike.
Novato contemporary garden
Novato contemporary garden
Avant Garden
Contemporary garden with metal planters from Ore,and umbrellas from Shadescapes. Existing concrete patio was stained to make it more interesting. Photo by Galen Fultz
Inside Out
Inside Out
Luxescapes, LLC
Stephen Himschoot
Patio kitchen - small rustic backyard tile patio kitchen idea in Denver with a pergola
Outdoor Fireplace: The ultimate gathering spot
Outdoor Fireplace: The ultimate gathering spot
Anchor Block Company
Stone Age fireplace, Brisa® wall system and Britton™ paving system from Anchor Block Company.
Patio - small transitional backyard concrete paver patio idea in Minneapolis with a fire pit and no cover
Chelsea piede-à-terre
Chelsea piede-à-terre
Lorla Studio
Small eclectic backyard concrete patio photo in New York with no cover
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 12,350 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Anchor Block Company and Flavin Architects. 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.