A Patio Picture Gallery: Shapes, Sizes, Materials & Other Design Considerations
A low, half-circle wall and a bench facing in one direction emphasize that this is a view- or terrace-type patio.
Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
A terrace-style patio at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California, takes full advantage of the breathtaking ocean view. The low, curved wall establishes a definite shape to the patio area as well as a barrier.
While the patio is situated on a "bluff" that's only about 4 feet from ground level, the wall and landscape design give the illusion of being set on a much higher level. Note also that the seating area is kept to a minimum and faces toward the view -- it's not designed in the standard conversation-style layout.