Small Patio Design Tips


A small patio design can be one of the most charming kinds. So if you don't have the space for one of those very large ones, don't despair!

Some of the nicest landscape designs have been small in size. You might ask why, since they are not huge and impressive. It is due to the fact that whatever you put into the space becomes really noticeable.

It is also easy to plant and create an intimate space. All plants become more important and lush. Here are some pictures so that you can see some examples.

Small Patio in Bluestone

  • This simple small patio design is only large enough to accommodate some beautiful wooden benches. Yet it is a nice intimate space!
  • A lovely path with plantings leads you to it.
  • The bluestone is one of my favorite patio stones.

Notice how the bluestone is all the same sized squares. It is also dry laid, which keeps costs down...much less than if it were laid in concrete.


Paver Patio - Notice the circle design under the table.

Brick Patio in a Small Space

You could just create a small sitting area near a fountain or other type of water feature. Some chairs or a dining table could be something to add and use...while gazing at the water.

Designing a Small Patio

Here are some of the first things you should decide when designing your patio.

What will I be using it for...dining, relaxing, watching the children?

  1. Dining - How many people will generally be using the table? Do you entertain a lot or is it basically just for you and/or your family?
  2. Lounging - How many lounge chairs do you need? Do you need them at all or would club chairs be ok?
  3. Access - which areas need to be left open to access other areas? A walkway leading from the driveway would be one example.
  4. Would you like lots of plants for a very garden-like setting or do you prefer it to be open and simple?

Answers to these questions will help determine size and also help you with design.

Add some special features to make it special. This is especially important for small patios. Your eye will catch them quickly due to the limited space.

If it's in your budget, a seat wall is one of the most dramatic things you can add. And for a patio limited in size, it offers additional seating without taking up surface space.

Other ideas to add would be potted plants, a pretty bench, a small fountain, etc.

Patio Plans Ebook

If you'd like help with your patio, take a look at my ebook on patio designs. Choose from many of my professional layouts or modify them!

Landscape Costs Ebook

And if you'd like to know real pricing for almost all areas of landscaping, you will find this book extremely informative...and eye opening!



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"Susan,  what a pleasure it was to work with you.  You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly!  Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant.  You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes.  Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
Helen, Ontario-Canada 

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