Designers created several outdoor spaces for these homeowners with relaxation and entertaining in mind. In this one, limited, comfortable seating makes the space the perfect gathering place for an intimate get together.
Take a corner of your patio and put it to use as an entertaining space. A bar is built in under the kitchen window in this outdoor space with a fire pit by DesignFix, a California interior design company. The bar, which has a red acrylic top, is supported by decorative wood roofing brackets. Rope lighting underneath makes the bar look cool at night, says designer Amanda Giles.
This small, modern outdoor space creates a focal point around a spinning wicker coffee table that functions perfectly for serving guests. Comfortable outdoor furniture and a fireplace tucked inside a pergola outfitted with floor-to-ceiling curtains add to the inside-while-outside feel.
A small outdoor space like this balcony is transformed into an inviting green zone by Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design which utilizes Viburnum ‘Pragense’, Magnolia liliflora and other plants to striking effect.
This aerial photograph shows the exquisitely landscaped gravel and concrete pathway that leads from the upper house to the lower outdoor spaces. The elegant outdoor spaces include a small pool with a flagstone patio and walkway that leads to a multi-functional outdoor entertaining space.
This covered outdoor living area features a cozy fireplace for warming up and a pair of plush sofas placed on either side of a small coffee table. Ceiling fans and recessed lighting assure the space is comfortable any time of day or night.
A charming outdoor fireplace is accessed by a stepping stone path, creating a fairy tale-worthy backyard nestled fittingly into the Hollywood hills. Wide French doors allow fluid motion between the home's interior and its outdoor space.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
The small pergola area gives this outdoor kitchen space a cafe-style feel. To create a one-of-a-kind outdoor space, a four-top burner, sink and brick oven were installed making this any homeowner's dream backyard kitchen.
This covered outdoor patio features an exposed beam ceiling paired with natural wood planks. A small sitting area with neutral wicker chairs and a coffee table offers the perfect space for taking in the mountain view.
Optimize your options with this outdoor kitchen suitable for a smaller space. While the square footage might be small, a full kitchen unit fits in it complete with sink, grill and lots of storage space. The stainless steel finish accents the stone base of the unit.
A full slate of stainless steel appliances and an island on wheels allow these Chicago homeowners to host outdoor gatherings both big and small. Concrete countertops give the space a sleek, modern feel, while ample greenery and weathered woods bring in a homey vibe that invites guests to linger.
The side table is actually a vintage painters' bench, which is low enough to the ground to work with the low-slung red Adirondack chairs. California-based DesignFix also used recycled rock gravel and string lights when designing this small side yard.
To fill out a small outdoor space, look for easy-maintenance plants that look good though the seasons. For an Atlanta courtyard, Cultivators Design and Landscape used sedums, bamboo and acorus grass, which are hardy and easy to grow, says landscape architect and owner Derrick Lepard.
An excellent trick for decorating small outdoor spaces is to use multi-purpose furniture that can quickly transform for various entertaining needs. Here, floor cushions made from weather-resistant acrylic fabric and a pair of tables allow guests to cluster in groups and use the tables for dining or perching.