Patio Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring patio ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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How to Build a Concrete End Table

This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse details the steps to building a concrete end table to complement deck or patio seating.
Thursday June 8th, 2022, Westfield, NJ Ellie MRoz design and Michael Robertson Construction

Remodeling a 1929 Classic Home in Westfield, NJ

A thoughtful remodel delivers a new kitchen hub, a mudroom entry, and more—while honoring the 1929 house’s classic bones
Renovated patio with a new pergola

Designing a Multifunctional Outdoor Space

Spaces for gathering, cooking, dining, and play define this family’s backyard getaway. See how they designed a multifunctional outdoor space.

10 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Here are 10 ideas for deck and patio furniture you can make yourself—for both beginner and experienced woodworkers.
How to Build a Round Patio with a Fire Pit, Video

How to Build a Round Patio with a Fire Pit

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook builds beautiful circular patio that features a chill-chasing fire pit
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How to Make Mason Jar Patio Lights

These charming lanterns brighten an evening barbecue spread, and they're a cinch to make from supplies you can pick up at the home center.
Amazon Basics Zero-Gravity Folding Chair and Signature Design by Ashley Outdoor Patio Adirondack Chair isolated on a yellow graph paper background

5 Best Patio Chairs (2024 Guide)

Enjoy spending time on your patio with a comfortable and weather-resistant chair. To find the best patio chairs, see our top recommendations.
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The 5 Best Patio Furniture Sets (2024 Review)

Enjoy your backyard with an outdoor sectional or bistro set. Read our review to learn about our recommendations for the best patio furniture on Amazon.

Planning for a Pergola: What to Know Before You Install One

This versatile open-air structure can define an outdoor room, provide light shade, and add privacy while enhancing the look of your home. Here’s what to consider when adding one

The 5 Best Wind Chimes (2024 Review)

A wind chime adds a peaceful ambiance to your outdoor space. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the five best wind chimes on Amazon to help you find the product that’s right for you and your home. The products included in this article are available at various home improvement stores, local home centers, and online retailers like Amazon.

11 Unique Balcony Ideas and Designs

Turn your balcony into a stunning place to relax with these creative and decorative balcony design ideas.

14 Best Pergola Lighting Ideas

Entertain or just relax with these illuminating ideas for your pergola or other outdoor living space.

16 Pergola Ideas to Enhance Your Backyard

Add dynamic definition to your landscape with a stylish structure sure to enhance how you enjoy your outdoor space.

How to Decorate a Sunroom

See these decorative sunroom ideas to maximize your light-filled oasis.

How to Build a Stunning Pergola

Pergolas provide shade for your patio and can add an element of design to your backyard. Read this to learn how to build a pergola in your yard.

How to Make Leaf-Shaped Pavers

Create a one-of-a-kind garden path by making sand molds with oversize leaves—like the rhubarb here—and casting the shapes in concrete

Backyard Before and After: A New Patio Made of Old Brick

TOH fan Michael Bendell, installed a Nest Security Cam in his backyard. It wasn't long before he discovered that his home-security upgrade was also a great way to track the progress of his deck-to-patio transformation

Create a Rock-Garden Patio

Get this look! Learn how adding a rock garden and fire pit can give your yard a lift

Create a Provence-Inspired Patio

South-of-France flair meets casual West Coast style in this open-air dining room that’s equal parts elegant and easygoing

Patio and Pathway Inspiration

Update your patio, build a new walkway, or install a fire pit for yard that’s perfect for summer shindigs.

How to Build a Catio

Use basic cedar lumber to create a screened-in patio space that gives cats a breath of fresh air while keeping them close to home

14 Design Ideas for Pleasant Patios

Now's the time to fling open those doors and transform even a simple patio

4 Outdoor Lighting Upgrades for Summer Entertaining

Brighten your outdoor space with lights and laughter

Create a French Country Patio

Say oui! to a summer spent outdoors with salvage-style furniture and colorful vintage touches
Stone Patio

Pick The Perfect Patio Stone

Suggestions for making this hardscape surface choice easy

37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

Set out a daybed, weather-resistant cushions, or one of our other finds, and in a short time you'll have the ultimate staycation escape.

Concrete Paver Styles

Pavers come in many shapes, detailed to suit almost any architecture, and can transform a ho-hum outdoor space into a handsome and durable expression of your taste.