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50 Breathtaking Patio Designs to Get You Thinking About Summer

You won't want to go back inside after seeing these patios.

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Multi-level patio designs with water featurePhoto: Courtesy of Goodmanson Construction

Multi-Level Patio with Water Feature

A backyard waterfall and stream will add beauty and peaceful sounds to your patio. In addition to a water feature, this multi-level poured-concrete patio designs from Goodmanson Construction has plenty of low-maintenance landscaping to add splashes of color.

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Poolside Patio with PergolaPhoto: Courtesy of Reynolds-Sebastiani Design Services

Poolside Patio with Pergola

Build a pergola to add some shade to your backyard patio. This poolside patio designs from Reynolds-Sebastiani Design Services offers plenty of space to relax, along with a separate area for dining.

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Patio Kitchen with PergolaPhoto: Courtesy of Design Builders

Patio Kitchen with Pergola


This outdoor kitchen by Design Builders will inspire any home cook to ditch their indoor kitchen when the weather’s nice. For a smaller-scale outdoor kitchen, one of our readers built patio designs featuring an open-fire brick barbecue bar.

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Asian-Inspired PatioPhoto: Courtesy of Second Chance Design

Asian-Inspired Patio


Asian-inspired patio designs from Second Chance Design features a relaxing sitting area with comfortable patio furniture. Want to build your own outdoor furniture? Check out these 12 incredible pieces of DIY outdoor furniture.

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Multi-Level Patio with Brick Fire PitPhoto: Courtesy of Landscape East & West

Multi-Level Patio Designs with Brick Fire Pit


Build a stone or brick patio that you can easily adapt to your own yard. This patio from Landscape East & West features a multi-level design with separate areas for eating and relaxing around the fire pit. No room for a fire pit? Try one of these 14 amazing portable fire pits.

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Patio with Modern LandscapingPhoto: Courtesy of Austin Outdoor Design

Patio with Modern Landscaping


For those with small yards, this modern patio design from Austin Outdoor Design features a cooking/dining area and some minimalist landscaping. Get to know these ornamental grasses if you’d like a similar look in your yard.

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Paver PatioPhoto: Courtesy of Brookstein Services

Paver Patio


Decorative brick or stone pavers are DIY-friendly and result in a classic, tidy-looking patio. If you already have a concrete patio, you can cover it with pavers to get a different look.

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Large Open PatioThe Treesdale Landscape Company

Large, Open Patio


This large, open, raised patio from Treesdale Landscape Company is built with retaining wall blocks. A raised patio planter would make a great addition to a large, open patio and helps add a splash of color.

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Sun-Soaked PatioPhoto: Courtesy of Sacred Space Gardens

Sun-Soaked Patio


Here’s a great alternative to a grass lawn. This small patio from Sacred Space Gardens is surrounded by some ornamental grass and large stepping stones. Learn how to make your own stepping stones for your backyard.

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Concrete Patio with Fire PitPhoto: Courtesy of Cedar Creek Landscaping

Concrete Patio with Fire Pit


A metal fire pit is at the center of this concrete patio from Cedar Creek Landscaping. The curved edges of the patio help it blend right in to the backyard. If you’re looking to add a fire pit to your space, check out these 12 great backyard fire pit ideas.

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Patio with Grilling StationPhoto: Courtesy of Teacup Gardener

Patio with Grilling Station


This brick patio includes the ultimate grilling station, along with an outdoor sink for easy cleanup. Get ready for the summer season with these 10 high-tech grilling tools.

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Stone Patio with PondPhoto: Courtesy of Stone Age Landscaping

Stone Patio with Pond


Consider building a low-maintenance pond next to a small patio. This design from Stone Age Landscaping offers a small sitting area, just big enough for two patio chairs.

Learn how to make classic wooden patio chairs to enhance your outdoor living space.

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Fire Pit Centerpiece PatioPhoto: Courtesy of Ageless Concrete

Fire Pit Centerpiece


The fire pit is the centerpiece of this stone patio from Ageless Concrete. For more inspiration, check out these 11 amazing stone patios.

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Patio with Retaining WallPhoto: Courtesy of Roots Landscaping

Patio with Retaining Wall


This patio, built on a slope, offers an area for entertainment, relaxing or enjoying the fire. It’s surrounded by a strong retaining wall that can double as additional seating.

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white pergola after

Pretty Pergola for a Hint of Shade

Build a vine-covered pergola in your backyard to shade a stone patio or wood deck using wood beams and lattice set on precast, classical-style columns. The dappled sunlight created by the overhead latticework creates a cool, relaxing environment perfect for backyard entertaining. Here’s how to do it yourself.

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stone patio finished

Natural Stone Patio

Add a welcoming feature to your backyard with this attractive, long-lasting brick and stone patio. Our design easily adapts to fit your yard. Choose from a wide variety of stone types and brick styles. The result will be permanent and maintenance-free. Here’s the step-by-step, so you can install it in your backyard.

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Patio Pleasure

Patio tile can be an attractive solution to spruce up the patio. As tile has improved, so has the ability to use it outside.

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Stunning Stone Garden

Retaining walls were built to bring the stone patio up to the height of a deck. Pea gravel got spread over fabric, tilestone was used for the wall and flagstone was used for the steps and patio area.

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Flagstone and Pea Gravel PatioJason Rathe/ Field Outdoor Spaces

Flagstone and Pea Gravel Patio

Mixing materials such as flagstone and pea gravel can provide an interesting patio space while at the same time saving money. For this patio, less expensive pea gravel was used with the addition of some pricier flagstone. Mixing and matching different textures, colors, and materials is one of the best ways to build a unique stone patio. And, don't forget to frame the patio with patio benches or these DIY patio planters.

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Bridge PatioJason Rathe/ Field Outdoor Spaces

Bridge Patio

An outdoor patio area can also serve as a bridge to build a space in your yard that would otherwise be unusable. When the runoff water rushes through, you can dangle your feet off this patio bridge to cool off and still stay dry! This unique patio space is made out of cedar logs and is the perfect area for a summer picnic. Click here for ideas on how to grow plants that can be edible.

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Gray Flagstone PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Gray Flagstone Patio

Natural stone is a time-tested material for an amazing outdoor patio. Here the homeowner expanded the use of stone to a wood-fired pizza oven. Click here on how to build your own stone or brick patio for complete how-to instructions.

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Bluestone PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Bluestone Patio

This outdoor patio features a natural stone called bluestone which creates a homey look. Bluestone can come in tidy rectangles and squares, but for a more rustic patio, the irregular slabs make a more interesting and eclectic space. If you are a DIY landscaper looking for unique ways to enhance your patio, click here.

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Brick and Grass Courtyard PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Brick and Grass Courtyard Patio

Looking for an economical way to build an outdoor patio space? Define the space with real brick and leave the leave grass in the center area. This courtyard patio area can still be used for sitting and eating or even watching the stars. Need patio furniture? Click here for the DIYer who wants to build their own patio chairs.

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Limestone PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Limestone Patio

Limestone is a beautiful material to patios. It comes in many different shapes and colors and can be used for a patio or terrace, and then repeated for other exterior features, such as walls, borders, and trim.

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Cobblestone Brick PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Cobblestone Brick Patio

One of the most traditional patio materials is cobblestone brick. Never been to England or Belgium and walked the cobblestone brick streets, bridges, and courtyards? No problem, you can build this old-world feel into your patio experience. If you have brick walls, here's how to clean the brick.

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Stone Paver PatioJason Rathe, Field Outdoor Spaces

Stone Paver Patio

Stone pavers are the perfect material for a circular patio area. The size and shape of stone pavers make it easy to lay and level the patio space. For complete instructions on how to build a circular paver patio, take a look here.

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Stamped ConcreteKeith Muratori/Shutterstock

Stamped Concrete

Want the look of natural stone, but don't want to pay the high price? Stamped or acid stained concrete can be a less expensive way to build a patio. Stamped concrete can replicate brick, flagstone, even wood, and can be used for patios or courtyards, and of course, paths, driveways and pool decks. If you'd like to start with a smaller stamped-concrete project, check out this attractive, sturdy table.

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Teracotta PatioMichael C. Gray/Shutterstock

Teracotta Patio

The classic Southern European look of terra-cotta is another beautiful idea for a patio. The look and feel of terra-cotta makes your outdoor space something of an exotic experience, and yet terra-cotta is easy to maintain. Leaves, twigs, and grass is easily swept or blown away in a matter of minutes. For other beautiful DIY ways to renovate your patio space, take a look here.

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Ceramic Tile PatioDariush M/Shutterstock

Ceramic Tile Patio

Want to bring the clean and colorful look of ceramic tile to your outdoor space? Tile can definitely be used for more than indoor use. Tile is durable which makes it perfect for kitchen and bathroom floors, however, tile is equally suited for outdoor patios. To learn how to build your own tile patio, visit this DIY tutorial.

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circular patioFamily Handyman

Circular Patio and Retaining Wall

The free-floating circular patio is built from specially designed pavers that fit together like a simple puzzle. The surrounding wall is made from modular concrete blocks. See how it got built.

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Cauldron fire pitCowboy Cauldron Co.

Patio with a Cowboy Cauldron

The Cowboy Cauldron Co. has some of the biggest and coolest fire pits and cast iron works available on the market. The company offers three styles of fire pits made from steel. They run expensive so unless you’re in the habit of hosting large parties in your backyard on a regular basis, it might not be the fit for you.

Find out how to cut cast iron on your own.

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stone patioFamily Handyman

Flagstone and Stone Block Patio

You can’t beat stone as a building material for a backyard terrace. It blends well with any back yard and garden, it’s always in style and it will last almost maintenance free for generations. We built the walls in this project from blue ledge stone and the flagstone patio from cut and squared bluestone.

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Living Room OutdoorsArtazum/Shutterstock

Living Room Outdoors

A comfortable love seat, side chairs, coffee table and area rug give this patio a true living room feeling. Invite guests over for coffee, conversation and relaxation. And don't forget about fun outdoor games!

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Convenient Outdoor KitchenOzgur Coskun/Shutterstock

Convenient Outdoor Kitchen

Bring the kitchen outdoors, so you can prep meals and entertain friends and family at the same time. This outdoor kitchen features a built-in sink and grill. These 12 backyard kitchens will inspire you.

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Easy Indoor AccessSantiago Cornejo/Shutterstock

Easy Indoor Access

Creating an outdoor space next to a sliding glass door, screen porch or adjacent to the kitchen makes for easy access to restrooms, air conditioning and other amenities that your guests may want to use. These 15 perfect patio designs are truly amazing.

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Hangout ZonesKrista Abel/Shutterstock

Hangout Zones

Creating a few separate hangout zones in the backyard provides variety for guests. This outdoor space features a hot tub, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and a shaded dining table—all great spots for fun activities and conversation. Plus: Check out these 10 pool safety tips to keep your family safe this summer.

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Cozy DIY Fire PitFamily Handyman

Cozy DIY Fire Pit

Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. You'll love the warmth and good company it brings to your outdoor space. Do it yourself with these how-to steps.

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Relaxing AmbianceJPL Designs/shutterstock

Relaxing Ambiance

Pleasing sounds in your backyard can help to create a relaxing ambiance. This trickling fountain and pond provides both visual and audio interest to the outdoor space. Learn how to build a low-maintenance water feature.

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Indoor Comforts OutdoorsPhotographee/Shutterstock

Indoor Comforts Outdoors

Add accents such as throw pillows, cushions, decorative bowls and blankets to your outdoor space to give it a cozy indoor feel. Try your hand at building any of these 30 outstanding one-day outdoor projects.

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Stone path and patioFamily Handyman

Stone Path Patio

You don’t have to let the hills and slopes in your yard stop you from enjoying your outdoor space. With a little imagination (and a good bit of sweat!), you can change those negatives into striking features. The heart of this project is a practical path and steps that give you convenient yard access—no tromping through the mud. And the bonus is a series of new terraces, garden beds and sitting areas that will turn that largely wasted space into your favorite hangout.

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Fire pit patioArtazum/Shutterstock

Fire Pit Patio

Patios are generally safer and more suitable for fire pits than a wooden deck, so take advantage of your materials and look into an easy above-ground fire pit for added beauty and warmth (as long as you have the room). Keep in mind that it cannot be too close to your house because of smoke damage and fire hazards. If you want a non-wood option and have access to natural gas, consider installing a gas patio fireplace instead.

If you’d like a brink, in-ground fire pit in your yard, away from the patio, here’s how to build it.

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Indoor Outdoor patio barPhoto: Courtesy of Green Guys

Indoor Outdoor

This bar is tucked in a corner and of the patio, and can be accessed from the inside through French doors. When the weather’s good, this bar is an extension of the living space.

With a ceiling overhead, these homeowners opted to included an outdoor ceiling fan. This how-to- install-a-ceiling-fan tutorial is all you need to install a ceiling fan yourself.

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outdoor patio barPhoto: Courtesy of Granite Ridge Landscape

Elegant Patio Bar

This luxurious outdoor bar and kitchen features handsome tile, stately wood and classic iron stools. The columns and greenery add authenticity to the grandeur of this outdoor room.

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open fire barbecuePhoto: Courtesy of John Kubicki

Patio Featuring Open-Fire Brick Barbecue Bar

John Kubicki had never laid a single brick before tackling this open-fire barbecue. As with any self-taught skill, John learned how to do it right by first doing it wrong. (Early on, he had to dismantle and redo a few courses.) Here’s his best advice for aspiring bricklayers: Take the time to make sure each course is perfect. A course that isn’t plumb or level will throw off the next course. Problems compound as you go, and you end up with sloppy, slanted work. John topped off his barbecue counter with patio blocks and low-voltage lights inside glass blocks. Then he was ready for another brick project, so he built the planter bench combo alongside the patio.

“Laying brick was the hardest thing I’d ever done—until I got the hang of it.” — John Kubicki

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kitchenMarko Poplasen/Shutterstock

Low Profile

This backyard kitchen is tucked along a wall so it doesn’t take up a lot of valuable space. The window over the sink breaks up the long wall and allows you to keep an eye on what’s going on in the yard! Check out these 8 projects for having backyard fun, including a putting green!

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kitchenAVN Photo Lab/Shutterstock

Light and Bright

The choice of light-colored bricks makes this backyard kitchen appear less clunky than it would if darker bricks had been used. Laying the floor paver bricks diagonally to the kitchen gives the area a more casual feel, whereas if the pavers ran the same way as the bricks, it would’ve look stuffy. Learn how to build a beautiful brick pathway.

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stone kitchenSurrounds Landscaping

The Whole Package

This full feature kitchen with split-level bar is smartly located between the garden entrance and patio doors of the main house. It efficiently includes café seating, food prep area, large under mount sink/dishwasher, and an under counter refrigerator.

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Deck PatioThe Deck and Patio Company

Seeking Shade

If you don’t have any shade in your yard, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a backyard kitchen. Multiple umbrellas keep the sun from beating down on guests seated along the countertop of this lovely kitchen. Look for umbrellas that can tilt and put them in portable stands so you can get the most out of them. Here are complete step-by-step plans for a great-looking DIY umbrella stand.

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pool kitchenThe Deck and Patio Company

Oval Oasis

This poolside backyard kitchen is perfectly designed for family gatherings and entertaining. It’s spacious and yet it doesn’t overtake the whole yard. One unique feature you don’t see often is the integrated umbrella stand.