11. Hilgard Garden

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A Design of Material + Nature_©Joe Fletcher Photography / https://barensfeld.com/projects/hilgard-garden/

From Designer Mary Barensfield, this award-winning garden design has its entry via a meandering ramp through aromatic groundcover and the limbs of three Japanese maples, that present themselves as a garden path in this Zen-like retreat. Part of a 1964 Berkeley, California townhouse’s backyard, the upper-level patio has views of Sutro Tower and San Francisco, as the entry provides access to and traverses through a steeply sloping site to visit the various levels. As the white granite patio on the lower level unfurls its reflecting pool to greet visitors, the visibility and accessibility to the existing townhouse living room are present as well. 

12. A Rustic California Patio

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A Rustic patio _©Miguel Flores-Vianna / https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g9142414/small-patio-ideas/?slide=19

Situated in Laurel Canyon’s mid-century house in Los Angeles, fashion designer Rozae Nichols has attempted to preserve a laid-back vibe in this outdoor space through a Turkish towel top daybed. Giving a desert oasis vibe due to the local flora in its surroundings, the space acts as a comfortable haven for relaxing in the sun.

13. Freedom of Space

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Spatial Composition_© Clements Design / https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/outdoor-remodel/9-patio-design-ideas-pictures

This particular patio by Clements Design uses the availability of the abundant area to its advantage by categorising the space into various domains of different use, based on preferences, functions, moods and the time of the day. This sprawling garden of the residence offers the user multiple patio ideas. A lounge for social interaction, alfresco dining space and a sizable number of decks on its sides, all connected via slabs of a contemporary stepping stone.

14. Open Patio

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Out in the Open _© Lisa Romerein / https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g9142414/small-patio-ideas/?slide=5

A Patio situated in the Bel Air estate of Los Angeles, the space is designed by Lonni Paul. A wide, lit-up fire pit, some string lights and the minimalist furniture in white and light grey, set the perfect tone for cosy and relaxing evenings out in the open space, beneath the skies itself.

15. A Patio with Multiple Levels and Water Features

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Steps and Stones_©Goodmanson Construction / https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/15-perfect-patio-designs/

With a rocky and levelled outline, the patio consists of slabs at levels connected by steps and a small waterfall plus stream in its backyard adding beauty and peaceful reverberations to the patio experience. The multi-level poured-concrete patio design done by Goodmanson Construction has an abundance of low-maintenance landscaping. This provides an economic and sustainable option for patio designs when it comes to applying the elements on different sites.

16. Contrast and Materiality

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Material Junction_©Robson Rak / https://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/outdoor-ideas/g853/outdoor-room-design-ideas/?slide=7

A design done by Robson Rak, the gallery-esque patio displays a congregation of materiality in its design. While it appears to fulfil its program and other functions, the usage of multiple striking materials, such as the cool marble tiles, the light brick walls and the terrazzo stool gives the design a feeling that alludes to a coalescent collage, one which can be experienced in 3 dimensions. The adjoining fireplace and seating area display a cool colour theme that adds to the experience.

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Buddhist Retreat_©Second Chance Design / https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/15-perfect-patio-designs/

The Asian-inspired patio created by Second Chance Design consists of features such as a relaxing sitting area, and patio furniture that is comfortable in use. The brown colour used for the furniture and Buddha Statue supplements the colour palette of the residence’s building material while complementing the contrast between the multitude of flooring patterns, thereby providing a holistic escape that shall facilitate deep meditation and insert peaceful vibes in the user’s overall experience.

18. Stony and Blue

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Cool Blue Mood_© Kingston Lafferty Design / https://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/outdoor-ideas/g853/outdoor-room-design-ideas/?slide=12

This particular Kingston Lafferty–designed patio attempts to make a splash via the usage of its blue patterned seating and table elements. The tiles induce joy and buoyancy to the open space while the cobalt blue table adds a little edge and depth to the overall design. The colour-key used in this particular design provides psychological comfort for any of its users, purely due to the colour palette that has been utilised in this case.

19. A Patio that is Enclosed 

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Interior Extension_© Dayton Deck Builder / https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/15-perfect-patio-designs/

The enclosed patio design by Dayton Deck Builder allows the user to utilise the space as an extended social gathering space, whilst protecting on rainy days. Thereby, the backyard can easily transform into a space that can be as comfortable as any other room in the user’s home; via a screened patio. 

This design can be used on sites with enough open area, as well as the frequency of rain; hence, providing a fitting solution to the location and site characteristics.

20. Greens with Gravel

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Gravel on the Floor_©Jenn Feldman / https://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/outdoor-ideas/g853/outdoor-room-design-ideas/?slide=16

A simple approach, gravel has been used here as an alternate flooring option for the seating area and concrete fire pit provided here. Designer Jenn Feldman has chosen to keep things grayscale in this particular case, while applying different shades of the same colour, along with the green space and complementary seating. The high hedges provide a natural boundary that equips the site with much-needed privacy.

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A final year architecture student, currently studying in SVKM-NMIMS Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai, he has allied interests towards architectural photography and writing. Having a penchant for films and philosophy as well, he is of the belief that architecture and design have the ability to capture the most pivotal moments in life itself.

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