Houston’s prettiest backyard patios will inspire your next home-improvement project


What’s the first step of any great home-improvement project? Daydreaming. Step one of any large-scale design overhaul is to determine what you want to create, which might include sifting through photos for inspiration.

Second most important: stick to that vision. Some DIY enthusiasts will find that changing up the central aesthetic of an undertaking mid-venture could break the budget: Changes in orders might result in unplanned fees, and delaying work could mean racking up hefty labor wages.

To kickstart the process for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite backyard patio sanctuaries in Houston, whether you’re sticking to a smaller budget or ready to splurge on your backyard sanctuary. (Think ivy-covered arbors, screened -in summer kitchens and dazzling back-patio fire pits.)

Best of all, they’re all local backyards dreamed up by local, Houstonian landscape architects and executed by local contractors.

A modern mix of hardscaping and landscaping provides a low-maintenance backyard patio that befits both smaller budgets and gardening-challenged homeowners. This design by David Morello Garden Enterprises, Inc. is a fine example of a landscape architect-created setting that offers great ROI: Once the installation is complete, all you have to do is mind the green edges for years to come.


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