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Patio Design Pictures: Shapes, Sizes, Materials & Other Design Considerations


Where do great patio design ideas come from? You might see patio designs on TV or get garden design ideas from a garden tour.

Outdoor patios can be attached to a house, or detached. They are often designed and oriented with the landscape. Patios are versatile: they can take on any shape and be built with various materials, like concrete, pavers, stone, tile, brick or gravel. Most patios are set on a concrete slab or a sand and pebble base.

Once you've decided to build a patio and chosen a site, there are other design considerations:

  • Space: Available space will determine your patio's size.
  • Shapes: Squares, rectangles, ovals.
  • Levels: Multidimensional surfaces work well with slopes and uneven levels.
  • Drainage: Working with existing runoff systems or determining the best place to build one.
  • Grading: Deals with soil redistribution for a flat, even patio base.
  • Privacy Screening: Walls and enclosures turn a patio into an outdoor room.

The following pictures include these design elements.

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three paving materials used for a patioThree Paving Materialsspanish style patioSaltillo-Tile Patiofront yard patio furniture veniceFront Yard Patiocottage garden-style patioCottage Garden Patio Nook
pavers patio gravelRound Pavers in Gravelpicture of tuscan style patioTuscan-Style Red Patiooutdoor fireplace Patio and Fireplacebalboa patioLiving on the Outside
chic weed garden furnitureColor Your Worldorange pots patio area la garden showModern Decking & Gravelpatio outdoor living roomOutdoor Living Roomflagstone with river rock mosaicFlagstone with River Rock Mosaic
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