The national trend toward smaller homes and lots has challenged designers to create usable outdoor living spaces in very tight spaces. Here patio planning is doubly important in terms of detail because this space may be vital to expanding very small rooms into the outdoors both physically and visually.
Visual space is closely linked to the overall aesthetic, so that the patio reflects materials and colors used for the interior. That way the view from indoors flows seamlessly into the outdoors through windows, sliders or French doors. While the living room is no larger physically, it feels bigger due to the additional window views.