14 Design Ideas for Pleasant Patios
Now's the time to fling open those doors and transform even a simple patio
A crackling fire offers a snug spot for congregating on chilly nights. If space and budget allow, spring for a full-size fireplace like this wood-burning one, raised on a custom masonry hearth. A portable propane heater can boost the temperature as well.
For a similar effect: , made of cast concrete and fiberglass composite, about $2,900; , $415; Woodland Direct
A pergola offers a bit of shade and a sense of enclosure while still letting in fresh air. This stained-wood version is custom, but you can build your own from a kit. The Suncast Cedar Pergola is a generous 10 by 12 feet and comes ready to assemble, no cutting required. About $1,300;
The sound of a fountain helps drown out lawn mowers, air conditioners, and passing cars and also creates a sense of calm. For masking white noise, fountains are most effective when paired with a barrier, such as this shingled partition wall.
Similar to Shown: Arcadian Single Fountain in Terracotta, about $220;
The way you lay a brick or paver floor sets the tone for your outdoor space. The bordered herringbone shown here works well in a large expanse and with a traditional house style. Find the best fit for your house among six popular patterns.
A market umbrella is the simplest way to beat the heat on an exposed patio. To shelter four chairs, choose a model 9 feet or larger that has a sturdy base to prevent tips; tough aluminum ribs to weather high winds; and a fade-resistant, UV-rated canopy. Similar to shown: 9' Round Market Umbrella 43478, with a Sunbrella fabric, from $299, base not included;
A store-bought fire bowl is an affordable alternative to a built-in fireplace, and you can move it around. This vessel-style pit has a lid, so it doubles as a table.
Similar to Shown: Similar to shown: Sonoma Fire Pit & Grill with lid, firewood storage cubby, BBQ grill grate, and spark screen, about $145;