80 Outdoor Small Patio, Porch, Deck Gardens Design Photos And Ideas

The backyard at dusk.
The atrium sets the stage for the home's warm and welcoming feel.
The entrance leads to a spacious central atrium—a popular feature of many Eichler homes.
West Elevation
West Elevation @ Dusk
View from Southwest @ Dusk
East Elevation
East Elevation Entry Detail
Custom Bioretention Planter (Landscape Architecture by CampionHruby)
Private balconies provide unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape from each bedroom.
The addition of black metal perforated screens along the perimeter of the garden provide privacy and light, without appearing to be too austere.
New addition and patio from outdoor garden: the concrete terrace extends into the garden, and receives daylight over the house from the southern sun.
New addition from outdoor garden
Private courtyard between house and studio
Viewed from the street looking west, the first third of the lot was landscaped to be an extension of the adjacent land and water conservation project and to provide an undisturbed animal habitat.
The light well that allows for sunlight AND an addition above
Planters have been placed around the pleats to create pockets of sky gardens on the perimeter of the building, with some featuring steps that lead to other outdoor terraces.
"I intended to create futuristic and savage architecture that awakens human animal instincts in which the inside and outside are reversed multiple times," states Hirata.
Openings with pleats are introduced to link the interior and exterior dimensions.
Stacked like building blocks, the cement boxes are housed within a main structure that features complex voids.  The voids then become terraces or spaces where planters are slotted.
The high ceilings, natural light, and custom-made wooden furniture give the house a simple, fresh, and clean feel.
Protected from prying eyes by a planted slope, the back of the property soaks up the sun with a hammock hung from the ceiling.
Garden and greenhouse
Although the home's historic front facade needed to be preserved, the back of the residence was ripe for a remodel. The architects cladded the exterior in eastern cedar. The wood is offset with large expanses of glass, as well as yellow accents to add a playful atmosphere.
The rear of the house features Victorian brick, a modern extension, and Velfac windows. Landscape designer Matthew Wright was inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau when choosing plants to set amid the garden’s Dorset pebbles.
Sitting on the edge of a lake in the Mornington Peninsula, this house by Melbourne-based MA Architects was designed as a series of teak-clad modules with the main living areas in the center and large deck that extends from the living room.
Rear wall of courtyard
Private garden with deck
Cleverly placed apertures pierce this skinny residence in Maringá, granting the lush interior an airy feel. On the opposite end of the entrance is a backyard garden with an outdoor grilling station—the hotspot for large parties and family affairs.
The porch was legalized and rebuilt with cast-iron columns, railings, and stone flooring in keeping within a refined, Federal-style aesthetic.
The deck was done in a madras gray limestone so that the color matches the backyard steps of the other houses. The railing was based on the metalwork of the other nine house.
Enfolded into the westernmost edge of the Costa Palmas community, the grounds will include a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18 acres of organic farms, and a members-only Costa Palmas Beach and Yacht Club for residences. For those seeking permanent bliss, there will be an initial release of 24 whole-ownership residences ranging from four to seven bedrooms for sale. Owners will have the opportunity to collaborate with Heah & Co. to customize their homes with options of pavilions for bedrooms, theater, fitness and yoga, or a family room.
A view into the exterior courtyard. Its tile floor mimics the tile treatment at the entry for cohesion and the perforated brickwork creates a lovely pattern when backlit at night.
The patio and pool area are perfect for full integration of indoor/outdoor living.
A look at the rear of the home.
The narrow, elongated pool with a vertical green wall can be seen from inside the apartment.
The underside of the overhanging roof represents the area's local craftsmanship.
The view from the backyard.
Garden Balcony
Garden Elevation
A pebble mosaic and artificial turf divide the yard into zones that never need to be mowed.
The east patio overlooks to the yaupon holly trees.
A living wall by Habitat Horticulture brings life to the compact backyard.
Board-formed concrete retaining walls double as ramps from the deck to the garden’s highest point.
Swimming pool at rear yard
backyard patio
South / West view
The yard is at the lowest elevation on the property, and was carved out to have a place for the family to play and relax. The turf is by Heavenly Greens. The space features clear heart cedar boards with a reactive stain by Weatherwood Stains.  The 30 foot green wall in implemented in segments and features built in drip irrigation. The mirrored solar reflector, which appears to have just dropped out of planetary orbit,  grabs southern light and reflects it into the home and exterior spaces.
Outside, a set of Bertoia chairs offer an appealing perch around a vintage glass-and-metal table.
Continuing the material palette, the back patio is furnished with a custom granite-and-steel table and vintage Eames fiberglass chairs.
Architects Simone Carneiro and Alexandre Skaff transformed a cramped São Paulo apartment into a mid-city refuge for Simone Santos.
Scattershot openings in the single-story home omit a soft glow at dusk.

Whether it's a backyard patio, an infinity pool, or a rooftop terrace, these modern outdoor spaces add to the richness of daily life. Escape into nature, or get lost in city views. Wherever you are, let these outdoor photos take you somewhere new with inspirational ideas for yards, gardens, outdoor tubs and showers, patios, porches, and decks.