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Brooks Brothers at the Beach
Brooks Brothers at the Beach
Thomas Puckett Designs
Patio - transitional backyard patio idea in New York with decking and no cover
Fall Decor
Fall Decor
Tamsin Design Group
Photographed by Gregg Rannells Spread in studio3magazine.com Designed by Tamsin Design Group
Patio - large rustic backyard stone patio idea in St Louis with a pergola
Polished Modern
Polished Modern
Bartone Interiors
A conversation area that can communicate with guests inside the kitchen (through the accordion doors to the right) or the pool deck beyond!
Example of a small trendy concrete patio design in Raleigh with a roof extension
2nd Street
2nd Street
Elevation Architects
Example of a trendy concrete patio design in San Francisco with a fire pit and a pergola
Glasscock
Glasscock
Clearcut Construction, Inc.
We transformed the existing patio into a space that is a continuation of their kitchen and more inviting for entertaining .
Inspiration for a transitional backyard patio remodel in Raleigh
Engine Co. No. 23
Engine Co. No. 23
Jeff King & Company
Paul Dyer Photography
Patio container garden - large contemporary courtyard stone patio container garden idea in San Francisco with no cover
Outdoor Grills
Outdoor Grills
CAPITOL HARDSCAPES
Custom Outdoor Kitchen with High end Lynx Grill, Granite Countertop, Outdoor Refrigerator, Warming Drawer Outoor sink. The floor is Travertine installed to a French pattern
Italian kitchen and mid century modern home
Italian kitchen and mid century modern home
Lucile Glessner Design
Example of a 1950s backyard concrete patio design in San Francisco with a fire pit and no cover
Beverly Hills Modern
Beverly Hills Modern
Joel Reis Architecture and Real Estate Photography
Example of a large minimalist backyard patio design in Los Angeles with a roof extension
Geneva Transitional Home with Farmhouse Kitchen
Geneva Transitional Home with Farmhouse Kitchen
Havlicek Builders Inc.
Backyard with custom pergola and built in grill in Geneva, Illinois.
Inspiration for a large timeless backyard brick patio remodel in Chicago with no cover
Outdoor Masonry Kitchens
Outdoor Masonry Kitchens
Sunset Construction & Design
Sunset Construction and Design specializes in creating residential patio retreats, outdoor kitchens with fireplaces and luxurious outdoor living rooms. Our design-build service can turn an ordinary back yard into a natural extension of your home giving you a whole new dimension for entertaining or simply unwinding at the end of the day. If you’re interested in converting a boring back yard or starting from scratch in a new home, give us a call today! A great patio and outdoor living area can easily be yours. Greg, Sunset Construction & Design in Fresno, CA.
Backyard Inspiration
Backyard Inspiration
Bullfrog Spas
Mid-sized transitional backyard concrete patio photo in Salt Lake City with a pergola
Renovation of a 200 Year Old House
Renovation of a 200 Year Old House
Keith Hunter & Associates, Architect
Tony Giammarino
Patio - mid-sized traditional stone patio idea in Richmond with no cover
Clea House
Clea House
Nakhshab Development and Design
Inspiration for a contemporary backyard concrete patio remodel in San Diego with a fire pit and no cover
MAY MATTERS
MAY MATTERS
CRYSTAL COAST COMPANIES INC
Patio - mediterranean patio idea in Orange County
Flagstone Patio with Retaining Walls and Water Feature
Flagstone Patio with Retaining Walls and Water Feature
Land Art Design, Inc.
Designed and built by Land Art Design, Inc.
Mid-sized trendy backyard stone patio fountain photo in DC Metro with no cover
Alamo Outdoor Kitchen and Living Space
Alamo Outdoor Kitchen and Living Space
Gayler Design Build
With a sizeable backyard and a love for entertaining, these clients wanted to build a covered outdoor kitchen/bar and seating area. They had one specific area by the side of their pool, with limited space, to build the outdoor kitchen. There were immediate concerns about how to incorporate the two steps in the middle of the patio area; and they really wanted a bar that could seat at least eight people (to include an additional seating area with couches and chairs). This couple also wanted to use their outdoor living space year round. The kitchen needed ample storage and had to be easy to maintain. And last, but not least, they wanted it to look beautiful! This 16 x 26 ft clear span pavilion was a great fit for the area we had to work with. By using wrapped steel columns in the corners in 6-foot piers, carpenter-built trusses, and no ridge beams, we created good space usage underneath the pavilion. The steps were incorporated into the space to make the transition between the kitchen area and seating area, which looked like they were meant to be there. With a little additional flagstone work, we brought the curve of the step to meet the back island, which also created more floor space in the seating area. Two separate islands were created for the outdoor kitchen/bar area, built with galvanized metal studs to allow for more room inside the islands (for appliances and cabinets). We also used backer board and covered the islands with smooth finish stucco. The back island housed the BBQ, a 2-burner cooktop and sink, along with four cabinets, one of which was a pantry style cabinet with pull out shelves (air tight, dust proof and spider proof—also very important to the client). The front island housed the refrigerator, ice maker, and counter top cooler, with another set of pantry style, air tight cabinets. By curving the outside edge of the countertop we maximized the bar area and created seating for eight. In addition, we filled in the curve on the inside of the island with counter top and created two additional seats. In total, there was seating for ten people. Infrared heaters, ceiling fans and shades were added for climate control, so the outdoor living space could be used year round. A TV for sporting events and SONOS for music, were added for entertaining enjoyment. Track lighting, as well as LED tape lights under the backsplash, provided ideal lighting for after dark usage. The clients selected honed, Fantasy Brown Satin Quartzite, with a chipped edge detail for their countertop. This beautiful, linear design marble is very easy to maintain. The base of the islands were completed in stucco and painted satin gray to complement their house color. The posts were painted with Monterey Cliffs, which matched the color of the house shutter trim. The pavilion ceiling consisted of 2 x 6-T & G pine and was stained platinum gray. In the few months since the outdoor living space was built, the clients said they have used it for more than eight parties and can’t wait to use it for the holidays! They also made sure to tell us that the look, feel and maintenance of the area all are perfect!
Patio Cover with Outdoor Kitchen: Fulshear, TX
Patio Cover with Outdoor Kitchen: Fulshear, TX
Tradition Outdoor Living
Our clients requested the final additions for their lovely outdoor living space. In the midst of their backyard oasis, we created the ideal transition from inside sitting area to the existing pool: an outdoor living area complete with an outdoor kitchen underneath a covered patio! The patio cover boasts tongue and groove ceilings with recessed lighting and ceiling fans, even a sound system! An outdoor TV was wired in for additional entertainment while the burgers are grilling on this lovely stone kitchen. Custom made, the outdoor kitchen perfectly nestles the Big Green Egg for the best smoked meal! There is ample food preparation space and storage in this kitchen. The final touches were made when we resurfaced the existing ceiling in the screened in patio with matching tongue and groove stained wood! This space is fitted with easily accessible electrical outlets as well.
Woods Hole Residence
Woods Hole Residence
KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERS
Inspiration for a mid-sized coastal side yard outdoor patio shower remodel in Other with no cover
Seneca Lake Home Remodel
Seneca Lake Home Remodel
Cutri Construction
Outdoor kitchen/bar adjacent to infinity pool and lanai, overlooking the lake. Photo by Don Cochran
Large transitional backyard stone patio kitchen photo in New York with a pergola

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 454,989 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Land Art Design, Inc. and Bartone Interiors. 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.