Pint-Size Patios Packs a Punch

This time of year, al fresco living feels like sheer luxury: satiny blue skies, lush gardens and trees wild with vibrant blooms. But what if you’re short on outdoor area to enjoy spring at its summit? No matter — you can turn even the tiniest of patios into an inviting retreat. Have a look.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Spring-fresh furnishings with powerful, sculptural lines spark this differently basic patio. The sea green of the seat and chairs brings the greens out of these plants, although the tabletop evokes the impression of blossom petals.


The angled couch makes clever use of this diminutive outdoor nook. By not chopping up the terrace, it makes the space feel bigger than it actually is and provides ample seating for a cozy gathering of a couple of friends (or longer, in case nobody has personal space issues). Upholstery that is the same creamy color as the brick walls also expands the terrace visually.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

With a minimalist, Zen feel, this tiny courtyard invites quiet contemplation. The narrow built-in seat is intended to not waste an inch of distance, and its subtlety retains the focus on the gorgeous pattern of these pavers and plantings in the center.

Kentaro Kurihara

What should you do if you have only a sliver of outdoor floor space? Believe vertically. Despite its Lilliputian dimensions, this terrace has enough breathing space above to block it from feeling helpless.

Ben Herzog

Sometimes a simple strategy is all you need. A set of chairs tucked casually on this miniature patio offers an ideal spot to perch for a bit and inhale the fresh air.

A patio does not have to be attached right to the house. Located to one side of the garden and surrounded by thick plantings, this one has the feel of a secluded retreat.

Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

Rather than squeezing in a full size dining table and chairs, these homeowners went straight for relaxation — and who could blame them? Roomy chaise longues are only right for afternoon siestas in the shade.

A crossover between a deck and a terrace, this platform extends right from the inside, merging outdoors and indoors without missing a beat.

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