Exciting Backyard Patio Ideas for the Summer

Brick patio with furniture and pergola

An outdoor patio doesn’t have to be a bland slab with a few drab chairs and a wobbly table.  If your backyard patio is less than inspiring, our design team at CPL Concrete Design can work with you to reconceptualize your patio space. A patio remodel can achieve stunning results even in small backyards at less cost than a kitchen or dining room remodel. 

As you plan for summer, consider these backyard patio ideas and look over our CPL Concrete Design portfolio. Imagine your home with a new patio and all the accessories that go with it, including outdoor rooms and kitchens. If you like what you see, give us a call and discover what we can do for you.

Decorative Pavers

If you picture a flat concrete surface when you think of a patio, expand your horizons with ornate decorative paving stones. Mix and match patterns and different shades of concrete for even more variety. Get the feel and durability of stone at significantly less cost. 

For ease of maintenance, consider stamped concrete as an alternative to concrete pavers. Stamped concrete lasts as long as pavers but does not require you to replenish sand at the concrete joints.


Ponds add a touch of elegance and natural beauty to patios. They also add complexity and sophistication to the patio, turning it from a featureless rectangle into a piece of art. 

Choose from different designs—from rustic, irregular shapes to stark and stylish rectangles or graceful curves. The flexibility of concrete lets you create a limitless range of contours. 

Once you have your pond, you can decorate it with water plant life, stock it with fish, add lighting, or set up a fountain. Imagine watching the light shimmer on the water’s surface as you listen to the calm, steady trickle.


Why view your garden from across the yard when you can bring its natural beauty to you? Add flower pots, raised planters, and other garden features to your backyard patio. Incorporate water features and sculptures into your garden to enhance the artistic impact. 

Built-In Seating

Stone, concrete, or wooden benches complement the decor of a backyard patio and provide a handy place to relax after a day of games, gardening, or landscaping. With built-in seating, you won’t have to worry about your furniture blowing around in a storm. Add a dining table, speakers, outlets, and a video projector for the pinnacle of outdoor entertainment.

Modular Seating

For greater flexibility in accommodating social gatherings of different sizes, set up outdoor furniture, including modular sofa, bench, and table units that you can rearrange. Consider options ranging from simple Adirondack chairs to a wraparound sofa. Easily tailor your backyard furniture setup for gatherings of any size.

Water Features

Backyard patio ideas include water features

Whether on their own or in addition to ponds and gardens, waterfalls, fountains, and other water features are versatile backyard patio ideas that add movement and sound to your backyard patio. The sight and sound of running water often bring a rustic serenity. 

Keep these tips in mind when choosing a water feature.

  • Don’t allow water to stagnate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Install the water feature away from anything that is not water-resistant
  • If your water feature needs an outside water line, take steps to protect the line from leaks

Concrete Steps

If you have a sloping or uneven backyard, concrete steps are a durable and functional way to add a stately, park-like feel to your backyard patio. 

Concrete steps can also improve safety in your yard by covering uneven terrain that could cause falls and be difficult to mow. If you add a retaining wall to support the earth beneath your patio, match the steps to the retaining wall design for a cohesive look.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are a year-round crowd pleaser for every season of the year. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows in the summer or keeping warm in the winter, a fire pit is a perfect centerpiece for your outdoor get-togethers. 

Add circular or bench seating to your fire pit, or table space to increase its utility. Space heaters can complement your fire pit, allowing guests to keep warm even if they don’t have a space around the fire.

Patio Coverings

Patio coverings, including awnings and covered pergolas, protect your family and guests from rain, falling leaves, and other annoyances that can put a damper on an afternoon barbecue. You can also hang objects from your pergola, including:

  • Lights
  • Seats
  • Artwork
  • Plants
  • Shelves
  • And more

Patio String Lights

Lights are functional and aesthetic backyard patio ideas. Create a custom blend of colors with string lights along railings, awnings, and the patio edge. Choose from a variety of styles to accentuate your theme. 

Prevent falls by illuminating the border of your patio, railings, and steps with running lights. 

Keep the rear entrance to your home secure with motion-sensitive lights on your patio. 

Provide convenient lighting for afternoon activities around your seating area and outdoor kitchen.

A Welcoming Pathway

Patio with stone slab pathway

Don’t make your guests trudge through the grass to get to your patio from the driveway or the road. Concrete pavers and stamped concrete walkways make your patio more inviting. Add ease of access for guests who have wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, canes, or an armload of food or supplies.

Turn Your Patio Into an Eye-Catching Oasis with Professional Backyard Patio Design

Many backyards are flat expanses of green. A custom patio with gardens, ponds, lights, and artwork on all sides will draw your visitors’ eyes to your patio. A standout backyard patio design will show your guests at a glance that your patio offers everything they need to have a good time.

Build a Stunning Custom Patio with CPL Concrete Design

Welcome your friends and family to share the view outside your back door. Discuss your backyard patio ideas with our expert consultants at CPL Concrete Design in Antioch, CA. 

Your patio can be the highlight of your home and a source of curb appeal. For quality work, innovative patio design ideas, dedicated customer service, and a wide selection of materials fill out our contact form today.