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A patio floor without rectilinear lines complements the organic shapes found in nature, for a relaxed, easygoing effect. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

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The Long Border

circular patio with surrounding flower beds

Ordinary concrete steppers used in an extraordinary way for anyone with a lawn! Just dig out the turf squares and insert stone... we did this in our TINY beach cottage backyard in California, loved it, want to do it again here in NZ

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DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts

DIY Patio Area with Texas Lamp Posts | Add a patio with fun planter posts to a backyard area.

Better Homes and Gardensfrom Better Homes and Gardens

15 Patio Design Tips

Soften with Curving Lines Sometimes a problem can be turned into an asset. Rugged terrain determined the gracious, curved shape of this patio. It is easily accessible from the house through French doors. Large windows allow views of the patio to be enjoyed from indoor spaces as well. Lush plantings follow the curves, creating a quiet garden escape.

This Old Housefrom This Old House

How to Build a Round Patio with a Fire Pit

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook builds beautiful circular patio that features a chill-chasing fire pit.

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11 Gorgeous Ground Cover Perennials for Any Yard

Thyme Thyme blurs the lines between patio pavers Read more: Ground Cover Flowers - Low Growing Flowers - Country Living

This Old Housefrom This Old House

Lawn-Less Yard Solutions

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Front-Entry Courtyard Carve out a seating area in the front yard by enclosing a swath with a DIY sitting wall made from mortared fieldstone.

Better Homes and Gardensfrom Better Homes and Gardens

10 Fire Pit Ideas

There are few things more welcoming in an outdoor space than a fire pit. Fortunately, these amenities come in shapes and sizes to fit nearly every budget and landscape style. Here are 10 fire pit ideas to inspire you to fit o

What a great outdoor living room! Would be so relaxing to be able to sit outside and enjoy nature...But hopefully its warm here :)

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Create Privacy in Your Yard

Put Your Attention Where it Matters Small yards can be easier to screen than large yards. If you have too much area to put up a fence or hedge within your budget, start small and concentrate on creating privacy where you need it most, such as around a deck or patio. You can always expand your plans in future years.

This brick patio idea can be accomplished in one weekend for the DIYer. More organic shape in back yard (side of garage). Brick leading to back of garage and gate

This Old Housefrom This Old House

37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

A little structure makes a patio feel like an outdoor room. Consider a paved or loose-stone floor, and use the house or a fence for a sidewall or two and a pergola or tree boughs for a "roof." A pergola offers sun protection without blocking breezes, while its open sides frame the view and establish a sense of enclosure. This pergola was custom-made, but DIYers can build one from a kit.

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Wooden Outdoor Stairs and Landscaping Steps on Slope, Natural Landscaping Ideas

downhill slope landscaping photos | ... Stairs and Landscaping Steps on Slope, Natural Landscaping Ideas

This Old Housefrom This Old House

Build a Graceful Retreat in Your Yard

Build a Graceful Retreat in Your Yard | Deck, Patio & Porch | Exterior | This Old House - 1