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15 Perfect Patio Designs

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 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 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.

Plus: Check out our patio dining sets buying guide, so you can find the perfect one for your outdoor space.

Photo: Courtesy of Reynolds-Sebastiani Design Services

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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 Patio

Asian-inspired patio designs from Second Chance Design feature 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.

Photo: Courtesy of Second Chance Design

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Landscape East & West

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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. Get to know these ornamental grasses if you’d like a similar look in your yard.

Photo: Courtesy of Austin Outdoor Design

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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 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

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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. Learn how to make your own stepping stones for your backyard.

Photo: Courtesy of Sacred Space Gardens

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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. If you’re looking to add a fire pit to your space, check out these 12 great backyard fire pit ideas.

Photo: Courtesy of Cedar Creek Landscaping

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Patio with Grilling Station

This brick patio includes the ultimate grilling station, along with an outdoor sink for easy cleanup.

Photo: Courtesy of Teacup Gardener

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Stone Age Landscaping

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Ageless Concrete

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Patio with Retaining Wall

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

Photo: Courtesy of Roots Landscaping

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