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Patios

Backyard Patio Styles

Get backyard patio ideas for dining areas, living rooms, bistros & sundecks

Most people think of a patio as simply a place to spend time outdoors. However, there are a wide variety of uses for a patio. Patios can be used for dining, cooking, socializing, relaxing, playing and more. The style of your patio will change depending on the activities you want it to accommodate.

The four most popular patio styles are dining patios, living room patios, bistro patios and sundeck patios. Each of these patio styles serves a different purpose. You can incorporate one, or all of them into your yard, depending on how much space you have available.

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An outdoor dining patio will provide you with a space to enjoy a meal al fresco. Sisson Landscapes in Great Falls, VA.
Brick Patio, Chaise Lounges, Stone Walls
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Milieu Design
Wheeling, IL
This patio was designed to accomodate four chase lounges for comfortable sunning. Milieu Design in Wheeling, IL.

Outdoor Dining PatioOutdoor dining patios are a must for people who enjoy dining al fresco. There's nothing better than enjoying a meal on your patio with friends and family. An outdoor dining patio must be large enough for a dining table and chairs. Generally speaking, you'll need a space at least 12 feet by 12 feet. A dining patio should be placed adjacent to an outdoor kitchen or near the backdoor of your home to make carrying food to the table as easy as possible.

Living Room PatioOutdoor living rooms are incredibly popular. Adding an outdoor living area to your backyard will give you a space to relaxing with friends and family. This style of patio often features a fireplace or fire pit with deep-seating patio furniture and a shade structure. An outdoor living room should be at least 16 feet by 18 feet. Don't forget to include extra space for people to walk around the furniture.

Bistro PatioIf you are looking for design ideas for a small garden, a bistro patio may be your answer. A bistro patio is the perfect size to accommodate a small table and two chairs. Adding this type of patio will give you the perfect outdoor breakfast spot. A wall fountain can be used to add a focal point to a bistro patio without taking up too much space. For a bistro patio you'll need at least 6 feet by 6 feet of space.

Sundeck PatioSundeck patios are usually located near a swimming pool, or on a vista point. A sundeck patio is designed to be a place where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine. Outdoor chaise lounges with comfortable cushions are the furniture of choice for a sundeck. A typical chaise lounge measures 2 feet by 6 feet, so keep this in mind when deciding on the size of your patio.

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