From entertaining spaces to cooking stations to areas designed for lounging, patios can add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re looking to design a patio with pavers, brick or poured concrete, here are 15 perfect patio designs to inspire you.

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Goodmanson Construction

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Reynolds-Sebastiani Design Services

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Design Builders

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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? 

Photo: Courtesy of Second Chance Design

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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? 

Photo: Courtesy of Landscape East & West

Patio with Modern LandscapingPHOTO: COURTESY OF AUSTIN OUTDOOR DESIGN

Patio with Modern Landscaping

For those with small yards, this moderns mall backyard patio design from Austin Outdoor Design features a cooking/dining area and some minimalist landscaping. 

Photo: Courtesy of Austin Outdoor Design

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Brookstein Services


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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.

Photo: Courtesy of The Treesdale Landscape Company

Sun-Soaked Patio small backyard patioPHOTO: COURTESY OF SACRED SPACE GARDENS

Sun-Soaked Small Backyard Patio

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

Photo: Courtesy of Sacred Space Gardens

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Concrete Patio with Fire Pit small backyard patioPHOTO: 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 small backyard patio help it blend right in to the backyard. 

Photo: Courtesy of Cedar Creek Landscaping

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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. 

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Enclosed PatioPHOTO: COURTESY OF DAYTON DECK BUILDER

Enclosed Patio

An enclosed patio lets you use the space even on rainy days. 

Photo: Courtesy of Dayton Deck Builder

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Age Landscaping

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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. 

Photo: Courtesy of Ageless Concrete

Patio with Retaining Wall backyard patio ideasPHOTO: COURTESY OF ROOTS LANDSCAPING

Patio with Retaining Wall

This patio, built on a slope, offers an area for entertaining, relaxing or enjoying the fire.

Photo: Courtesy of Roots Landscaping

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