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Via Estrella - Custom Home
Via Estrella - Custom Home
E2 Homes
Harvey Smith Photography
Inspiration for a modern patio remodel in Orlando
Pool Cabana
Pool Cabana
Nyhus Design Group
Designed to compliment the existing single story home in a densely wooded setting, this Pool Cabana serves as outdoor kitchen, dining, bar, bathroom/changing room, and storage. Photos by Ross Pushinaitus.
Carman Bay Cottage (Lake Minnetonka)
Carman Bay Cottage (Lake Minnetonka)
John Kraemer & Sons
Builder: John Kraemer & Sons | Architect: Swan Architecture | Interiors: Katie Redpath Constable | Landscaping: Bechler Landscapes | Photography: Landmark Photography
British West Indies Custom Home in Naples
British West Indies Custom Home in Naples
Simonsen-Hickok Interiors
Inspiration for a large tropical backyard stone patio remodel in Miami with a fire pit and no cover
PORT LOCKSLEIGH
PORT LOCKSLEIGH
Ryan Burress - Landscape Design & Build
Patio - large modern backyard concrete patio idea in Orange County with a fire pit and no cover
1711
1711
KENT Architects
Inspiration for a contemporary patio remodel in Phoenix
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
Crest Belvedere
Crest Belvedere
Spark Modern Fires
Model: Linear Burner System Outdoor The idea behind the Landscape Architecture design was to look at the color palette of the building which stuck with warm and cool tones and create a threshold like experience for the two usable spaces (spa and firepit/gathering area) without being completely contained. The Concrete frame allows for someone enjoying the spa to enjoy the experience of the fire. Visually the design acts as a center piece that is pleasing to the eye and a unique way to gather and commerce in conversation. Architect: John Merten Architect Website: studiogreen.com Photographer: Benard Andre Photographer Website: http://www.bernardandre.com/
Palo Alto Contemporary Retreat
Palo Alto Contemporary Retreat
Boxleaf Design, Inc.
Meg Messina Photography
Patio - mid-sized contemporary backyard concrete paver patio idea in San Francisco with a pergola
In-Ground Spa with Pergola
In-Ground Spa with Pergola
Creative Design Space, Inc.
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional backyard stone patio remodel in Jacksonville with a pergola
10' One Piece Waterfall Edge Bar
10' One Piece Waterfall Edge Bar
Concrete Commander
Inspiration for a mid-sized modern backyard brick patio kitchen remodel in Jacksonville
Backyard seating area with fire pit and lush planting
Backyard seating area with fire pit and lush planting
June Scott Design
Succulents, grasses and low-water shrubs with vivid foliage give this coastal garden a rich, textured look with minimal maintenance. Exterior colors and furniture selection by Julie McMahon. Photos by Daniel Bosler
Schiff Patio
Schiff Patio
Design Platform
Modern outdoor patio expansion. Indoor-Outdoor Living and Dining. Poured concrete walls, steel posts, bluestain pine ceilings, skylights, standing seam metal roof, firepit, and modern landscaping. Photo by Jess Blackwell
Outdoor Kitchen Featuring Ipe Wood and Antique Stools
Outdoor Kitchen Featuring Ipe Wood and Antique Stools
LMB Interiors
A custom outdoor kitchen features weather resistant Ipe wood cabinetry topped with stained concrete counters and repurposed vintage swivel seating.
Example of a large trendy side yard concrete patio design in San Francisco with no cover
Cabana's and Castia's
Cabana's and Castia's
Fautt Homes
Rock fire pit and tellis
Elegant backyard patio photo in San Francisco with a gazebo
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.
Sammamish Outdoor Living
Sammamish Outdoor Living
Urban Oasis Design & Construction LLC
Our clients wanted to create a backyard that would grow with their young family as well as with their extended family and friends. Entertaining was a huge priority! This family-focused backyard was designed to equally accommodate play and outdoor living/entertaining. The outdoor living spaces needed to accommodate a large number of people – adults and kids. Urban Oasis designed a deck off the back door so that the kitchen could be 36” height, with a bar along the outside edge at 42” for overflow seating. The interior space is approximate 600 sf and accommodates both a large dining table and a comfortable couch and chair set. The fire pit patio includes a seat wall for overflow seating around the fire feature (which doubles as a retaining wall) with ample room for chairs. The artificial turf lawn is spacious enough to accommodate a trampoline and other childhood favorites. Down the road, this area could be used for bocce or other lawn games. The concept is to leave all spaces large enough to be programmed in different ways as the family’s needs change. A steep slope presents itself to the yard and is a focal point. Planting a variety of colors and textures mixed among a few key existing trees changed this eyesore into a beautifully planted amenity for the property. Jimmy White Photography
ZUMA: Outdoor
ZUMA: Outdoor
Saffron Case Homes
Trendy backyard concrete paver patio photo in Los Angeles with a fire pit and a pergola
Hill Tide
Hill Tide
Jinx McDonald Interior Designs
Patio - coastal patio idea in Miami
Pacific Heights Wurster
Pacific Heights Wurster
Ann Lowengart Interiors
For this classic San Francisco William Wurster house, we complemented the iconic modernist architecture, urban landscape, and Bay views with contemporary silhouettes and a neutral color palette. We subtly incorporated the wife's love of all things equine and the husband's passion for sports into the interiors. The family enjoys entertaining, and the multi-level home features a gourmet kitchen, wine room, and ample areas for dining and relaxing. An elevator conveniently climbs to the top floor where a serene master suite awaits.

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 468,455 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including JHLA | Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture and Ryan Burress - Landscape Design & Build. 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.