This multilevel deck looks like a golden spot to spend an afternoon. The upper level is designed for dining, the middle level includes an outdoor kitchen and canvas gazebo for entertaining and relaxing, and the lower level includes a chair and small inflatable pool. "It's great fun in a small space on a budget," says HGTV fan Trudie, who calls the space "my little tropical retreat."
Couldn't Get the Blues Here
With a cottage-blue bench and a trellis laced with flowers, this picture-perfect sitting area presents a pleasing mix of textures and patterns. HGTV fan deniserc has created multiple sitting areas around her garden.
Remembrance of Trips Past
What began as simply a covered picnic area wound up as a Thai-inspired garden retreat, giving these homeowners additional privacy in their yard and a place to put the Thai furniture and art pieces they've collected during many trips abroad. Design by HGTV fan kimsplay
The wall that surrounds HGTV fan twd33's subdivision is in their backyard, and "no matter how much landscaping we did it still had that 'You're in prison feel.'" Their solution — creative genius — was to transform it into a Tuscan-inspired garden wall that sets the stage for a warm Mediterranean-style outdoor room.
On HGTV fan aaguilar's urban rooftop garden, more than 40 species of plants thrive in containers, creating a lush garden and private retreat.
The backyard pergola is a gorgeous destination in HGTV fan Garden Fanatic's backyard, which includes numerous planting beds.
A great idea to provide a sense of enclosure while still allowing views of the backyard, a planter railing holds potted plants that add color and texture to the space. Design by HGTV fan peus
The homeowners installed this patio underneath a large tree where they'd never had luck growing grass. Another set of brick stairs leads to a water garden and small bridge in a shady garden. Design by HGTV fan miwankow
A wood ceiling adds a warm and distinctive look to this stone patio. The palm-tree decoration on the fireplace covers a flat-screen TV. The ambiance of the fireplace can also be appreciated from the vantage point of the spa and pool. Design by HGTV fan katieg1128
Oakleaf hydrangeas, container gardens on pedestals and a host of other lush annuals and perennials enclose this beautiful patio by HGTV fan nyphillygardener. The garden bench pulls the whole look together.
HGTV fan Tallmantop built this contoured meditation deck for his wife and later added a footstool using the same decking materials.
Produce Some Food
If there's a sunny corner on the patio for a veggie garden, consider putting in a square-foot garden like HGTV fan Chef #180220 did. An amazing amount of veggies can be grown in a relatively small space, and the plants will be close by for easy care and watering. "My husband built the beds for me for Valentine's Day and set up a drip water system on a timer," she says. "One of the best gifts ever!"
Adding a fireplace, retractable awning and comfortable furniture created this cozy outdoor room. Says HGTV fan d_fish, "Friday nights are now family night by the fire."
HGTV fan Rock n Road added ironwork and other decorative elements to this beautiful backyard pergola but calls it a "work in progress."
HGTV fan panagal says that, with this beautiful sunken patio, she wanted to re-create the lush, tropical look she remembers from her South America home. She and her husband built the retaining wall themselves.
Fence and furniture seem the perfect color to enhance the restful ambiance of this small patio. Design by HGTV fan 10957180
Southwest-Style Outdoor Space
From this corner of her long, narrow, walled patio, HGTV fan phxdesign can see the rest of the space. She did all the mosaic work herself, calling it "easy, fun and therapeutic." She also says, "this is the first garden that I've ever created, literally from the ground up."
HGTV fan decormania created an uber-romantic setting on this screened porch with a filmy curtain and white furnishings.