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Gladstone, NJ
Gladstone, NJ
Edward Clark Landscape Architect, LLC
Edward Clark Landscape Architect, LLC Wicklow & Laurano Landscape Contractor
Patio - mid-sized traditional backyard patio idea in New York with a fire pit, decking and a gazebo
Maintenance
Maintenance
Mandala Gardens
Inspiration for a mediterranean patio fountain remodel in Santa Barbara
Nicklaus House - Lanai
Nicklaus House - Lanai
Louise Stapleton Interiors
Additional view of this patio and outdoor kitchen, colors were coordinated during construction phase.
Patio - huge contemporary backyard stone patio idea in Orlando with a roof extension
Florida Historic Renovation
Florida Historic Renovation
Clifford M. Scholz Architects, LLC
This home was built in 1926 and is on the Historic Register. The home was in mild disrepair and the new owner wanted updated utilities and amenities while not sacrificing the historical registration or integrity of the home.
Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor Kitchen
All Oregon Landscaping
Another view encompasses the kitchen area.
Patio - traditional patio idea in Portland with no cover
I'On Village 1
I'On Village 1
Structures Building Company
Tria Giovan
Patio - tropical concrete paver patio idea in Charleston with no cover
Milton Free-Formed Swimming Pool & Outdoor Living
Milton Free-Formed Swimming Pool & Outdoor Living
Boyce Design and Contracting
A custom 8' stacked stone fireplace with raised hearth and plenty of seating is the perfect gathering spot for friends & family. The outdoor living area provides covered and uncovered living space. The terrace level deck includes an outdoor living room area and a custom outdoor kitchen and bar. Irregular stepping stones lead from from the pool patio to the fireplace patio.
Ware's Wharf
Ware's Wharf
Hampden Hill Custom Building
Beach style patio photo in Richmond
2013 ALE: Mechanicsburg Residence
2013 ALE: Mechanicsburg Residence
Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association
PA Landscape Group, Inc. http://www.palandscapegroup.com/ Project Entry: Mechanicsburg Residence 2013 PLNA Awards for Landscape Excellence Winner Category: Residential Hardscaping $60,000 & Over Award Level: Bronze Project Description: Our client was ready to replace a deteriorating wood deck at the back of their home. They wanted to create an area where his wife and two daughters could enjoy the outdoors,occasional meal off the grill, and hang out with friends. We were challenged to keep the outdoor room from sprawling over a rear yard with a consistently changing grade to the side property line and keeping some open lawn for the sports minded daughters. The area at the back property was wooded and owned by the homeowners association and not maintained. Our design goals were to create a three season area to enjoy the grill year round and social space for family and friends. Oh yes,a place to read the newspaper and watch the Philly's. The existing deck was surrounded by six foot Euonymus alatus, which we decided early on to save and transplant if possible. The Euonymus had been a part of the house since it was constructed. The Euonymus became a new screen, to separate the area from the property line. We created a landing large enough to tie the door,grill pavilion and patio areas together and the steps are good if more kids show up than expected. The dining and grilling area is under roof of a 12ft. x 18ft. pavilion. This structure provides a roofed enclosure. The interior roof is softly lighted and a fan provided to keep a comfortable breeze. The grill,table, and hardscape buffet provide all that is needed to dine and a spot to set the TV to keep up with the Philly's. After dinner the family can move down to the fireplace and hot tub area to relax and enjoy the evening. While Dad can spread out the sports page on the table and read the newspaper. Brussel Block pavers, by Unilock,were choose for the casual tumbled quality and smooth clean surface to accommodate socks and bare feet. One inlay was placed just off the landing to be a central point of the outdoor space. Darker red colored Copthorne pavers, by Unilock, are used as accents both vertically and horizontally to be contiguous with the fireplace element. We set the fireplace at a 45 degree angle and set the wood boxes parallel and perpendicular to the fire box. This creates a cozy seating area and prevents the total layout from running straight across the rear ofthe house. We also constructed a customized the hearth to provide a wider sitting area. Coming from the garage we keep the same grade to the back kitchen door, dropped down one step to the patio and pavilion and then down two steps into the fireplace and hot tub area. This also breaks up the feeling of going straight across the back of the house. The grill island houses a Lynx grill and in the end of the grill island is a refrigerator so that everyone does not have to keep going behind the counter to get drinks.At the opposite end of the pavilion a hardscape buffet was built to provide more counter space for serving food and supplied with electricity to provide power for a TV,computer etc. Low voltage pathway lighting was positioned along the walk from the drive to the back doors for security and safety along the path. Up lighting to the interior of the pavilion roof give an ambient light to the grill and dining area and minimal lighting to the fireplace which will radiate its own light. Control of the pavilion lights is located on the grill island. Low voltage lighting provides a great view along the back wood line. This light along the wood line expands visually the space allowing the backyard to become a great space for all to enjoy. Our client's expectations were surpassed in meeting the challenge of our design goals. Photo Credit: PA Landscape Group, Inc.
Grand Vision
Grand Vision
SURROUNDS Landscape Architecture + Construction
This fireplace is completely integrated into the open air cabana structure.
Patio - large traditional backyard tile patio idea in DC Metro with a fire pit and a gazebo
Hybrid Log & Timber Home - Silver Valley Residence
Hybrid Log & Timber Home - Silver Valley Residence
PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes-Southwest Idaho
An outdoor firepit begs to be used by residents and guests alike. PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes. Image Copyright: Longviews Studios, Inc.
Inspiration for a rustic patio remodel in Other
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Hill Construction Company
Minimalist patio photo in San Diego with a fire pit and no cover
Terrace by Sean Weatherill
Terrace by Sean Weatherill
Alex Amend Photography
Alex Amend © 2012 Houzz
Example of a trendy patio design in San Francisco with decking
Outdoor Living
Outdoor Living
RJohnston Interiors, Inc.
Harrison Photographic
Patio - mid-sized mediterranean backyard stone patio idea in Los Angeles with a fire pit and a pergola
covered patio
covered patio
Huettl Landscape Architecture
Patio - modern patio idea in San Francisco
Mechanicsville Hillside Makeover
Mechanicsville Hillside Makeover
Outdoor Dreams
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional backyard concrete paver patio remodel in Richmond with a fire pit
Scottsdale V111
Scottsdale V111
CC Patio
Inspiration for a contemporary patio remodel in Phoenix
Greenbay
Greenbay
Thompson Custom Homes
Example of a transitional patio design in Houston with a gazebo
Northwest Indiana Marshall Residence
Northwest Indiana Marshall Residence
Smalls Landscaping
Large elegant side yard stone patio photo in Chicago

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 464,677 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Boyce Design and Contracting and Timo. 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.