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Patio Ideas and Designs

Ten
Ten
Unique Homestays
Medium sized eclectic back patio in London with natural stone paving.
project 2
project 2
Black Belt Construction Limited
This is an example of a contemporary patio in London.
New Homes
New Homes
MATHEWSON WATERS ARCHITECTS
Design ideas for a classic back patio in Berkshire with no cover.
The Goat Shed - Devon
The Goat Shed - Devon
TFQ Architects
The Goat Shed - Devon. We designed this outdoor space to be a beautiful spot to enjoy the sunshine on a secluded and private area whilst making the most of the the sweeping slope of the back lawn. The wicker furniture ties perfectly with the composite cladding and stone finish on the building.
Detached Family Home in Farnham Common
Detached Family Home in Farnham Common
Bailey London Interior Design & Build
This is an example of a traditional back patio in London with natural stone paving and a roof extension.
Tooting 5
Tooting 5
Shelley Hugh-Jones Garden Design
Photo of a traditional patio in London.
Garden Design for Ed Oddy
Garden Design for Ed Oddy
Anna Stathaki | Photography
Photo of a classic patio in Surrey with a pergola.
South London Home
South London Home
Sieger® Aluminium Systems
The three-track sliding glass doors featured one fixed panel and two sliding panes to create a wide opening that allows fresh air to flow throughout the property. A Sieger® Casement Window was installed alongside the Sieger® slim sliding door as the same black RAL colour to create a contrast between the bright white internal and external walls.
Wakeman Road
Wakeman Road
neighbourhood studio
Peter Landers
Design ideas for a contemporary back patio in London with concrete slabs and no cover.
SGD Registered Members
SGD Registered Members
Society of Garden Designers (SGD)
Garden by Chris Harrington MSGD
This is an example of a contemporary patio in Other.
Queens Park Basement, Ground Floor Extension, Loft Conversion & Renovation
Queens Park Basement, Ground Floor Extension, Loft Conversion & Renovation
Clare Heffernan Architecture & Design Ltd.
Basement courtyard with seating, storage and water feature
Photo of a mediterranean courtyard patio in London with a water feature and tiled flooring.
Happy Harris House
Happy Harris House
atelier73 architects
Medium sized contemporary back patio in Essex with decking and no cover.
Best of Gallery
Best of Gallery
Pineapple Interiors
This is an example of a nautical patio in London.
Southside common, Wimbledon
Southside common, Wimbledon
Bartholomew Landscaping Ltd
Dressing with beautiful antique furniture sourced from the globe.
This is an example of a classic back patio in London with no cover.
Peppi House
Peppi House
Architecture WK
Architecture WK
Inspiration for a small contemporary back patio in Other with no cover.
Edis Street
Edis Street
Zulufish
A Victorian terraced townhouse set over five storeys, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms on the upper two floors; a double drawing room, family room, snug, study and hall on the first and ground levels, and a utility room, nanny suite and kitchen-dining room leading to a garden on the lower level. Settling here from overseas, the owners of this house in Primrose Hill chose the area for its quintessentially English architecture and bohemian feel. They loved the property’s original features and wanted their new home to be light and spacious, with plenty of storage and an eclectic British feel. As self-confessed ‘culture vultures’, the couple’s art collection formed the basis of their home’s colour palette.
Werter Road - Garden Flat
Werter Road - Garden Flat
Burbeck Interiors ltd
Inspiration for a contemporary back patio in London with a fireplace, concrete slabs and no cover.
Tennis Road, Hove
Tennis Road, Hove
House of Hove
Inspiration for a traditional patio in Sussex.
Patios are the go-to solution for turning your garden, or part of it, into an outdoor living area. A well-laid patio will integrate your home seamlessly into your garden, providing a solid and level surface for garden furniture and potted plants. Well designed patios are about more than just paving slabs – its positioning and layout are crucial to how much you enjoy this space. Before you start picking out patio ideas for materials and laying your patio, ask yourself important questions such as what will you use it for? How many people should it accommodate? Which part of your garden has the best aspect and sunlight? Will the patio have enough privacy?

How should I position my patio?


If you are designing your patio as a space for entertaining then make sure it’s wide enough for the garden furniture you want so you haven’t got guests tipping over into the flowerbeds. Don’t be wedded to the idea of having your patio attached to the house; think about positioning yours elsewhere in the garden if that space doesn’t offer the best aspect or lighting position. Consider the position of the sun through the course of the day and depending on whether you are most likely to want to dine outside at breakfast, have lunch on your patio or host dinner outside, you may want to position your patio differently. You can connect patios to your house with a footpath or stepping stones to allow easy transportation of food and drink.

How should I design and lay my patio?


Rectangles are the classic shape for patios, not least because they make the most efficient use of space and can be softened with garden edging. However, a rounded patio or a paving circle can perfectly complement a garden which isn’t linear in design. Paving slabs come in an extensive range of materials and are the most practical surface for patios. Yorkstone has the most traditional appeal, whereas concrete blocks, granite and slate patio slabs have a great texture and colour for modern gardens. Natural stones such as limestone, travertine and Indian sandstone vary in colour and finish and are a great way to add shade and texture to your patio. For some patio ideas that offer an alternative to block paving, loose material such as crushed stone and wood chippings have a rustic and more casual feel; if there are specific materials that re-occur elsewhere in the garden, you could repeat this in your choice of patio materials for consistency. Finally, it’s not a British summer without the great British barbeque, so look at patio ideas that incorporate barbeques and think about how you could accommodate one on your patio.

What garden furniture does my patio need?


Rattan garden furniture is a patio favourite, offering a durable, attractive finish that blends well into natural surroundings. Metal garden furniture and wooden garden furniture are sturdy alternatives available in many styles. Weight is a good feature in garden furniture to stop it from being blown away, but if you want to be able to move your furniture around the patio and garden to follow the sun you won’t want to go too heavy. Browse the various patio ideas that include garden furniture to see what styles of furniture go with different types of patios. If you find a particular patio set you like, you may be able to ask the designer where the furniture is from so you can look at buying the same set for your patio.

Good, outdoor patio furniture crafted in high-quality materials should withstand bad weather, but cold, wet British winters followed by strong sun in the summer will be enough to weather even the best furniture, so it’s important to have somewhere, such as a shed, to store it when not in use for long periods of time. If you don’t have the space to store patio furniture, make sure that at least the cushions and umbrellas are stowed away out of the elements, and consider investing in a waterproof cover. One piece of furniture that might be able to stay out for a bit longer is a patio heater; it will warm any brave patio users and most modern designs are built to survive the cold weather. If you prefer something a bit more rustic than a patio heater, look at fire pits instead which will add warmth and an attractive centrepiece to your patio. If privacy or shade is an issue, then covering patio furniture with a parasol or sheltering patios with a gazebo or pergola are both smart patio ideas – these can be covered in climbing flowers or even wound with outdoor fairy lights for romantic evening lighting.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a patio renovation or are building a designer patio from scratch, Houzz has 460,312 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Bartholomew Landscaping Ltd and Black Belt Construction Limited. Look through patio photos in different colours 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 ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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