Humanities › Visual Arts Top 7 Patio Design Guides Find Planbooks for Patios and Walkways Share Flipboard Email Print Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis Historical/Getty Images Visual Arts Architecture Tips For Homeowners An Introduction to Architecture Styles Theory History Great Buildings Famous Architects Famous Houses Skyscrapers Art & Artists By Jackie Craven Art and Architecture Expert Doctor of Arts, University of Albany, SUNY M.S., Literacy Education, University of Albany, SUNY B.A., English, Virginia Commonwealth University Dr. Jackie Craven has over 20 years of experience writing about architecture and the arts. She is the author of two books on home decor and sustainable design. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Jackie Craven Updated August 05, 2019 Planning a new patio or walkway? Before you begin laying brick or stone, check out these idea and how-to books. With color photos and step-by-step instructions, they'll pave your way to success. Rather work in wood? Check out our Top 7 Books on Deck Design. Patio and Walkway Ideas That Work Author: Lee Anne WhitePublished: 2012, Taunton Press, print and e-book From Taunton's Ideas That Work series comes a book to plan your outdoor spaces. The "idea that works" is what Frank Lloyd Wright has been telling us for years—design interior space to blur with exterior spaces, creating a more organic and expanded living area. Walkways from the patio continue the theme of extending living space into nature. Old ideas are new ideas. Walks, Walls & Patio Floors Author: SunsetPublished: 2008, Oxmoor House This 144-page guide from Sunset has outdoor living spaces covered with lots of detail about masonry materials and techniques. Subtitled Build with Brick, Stone, Pavers, Concrete, Tile and More. What more? Outdoor Living Spaces: Courtyards, Patios, and Decks Author: Edited by Andrea BoekelPublished: 2007, Images Publishing Boekel has put together an international array of outdoor spaces—photographs, diagrams, and details—reminding us about the historic function of large, open areas. From the Vulgar Latin word for "open area," patium, hard-floored patios have a history distinct from the wooden "deck," traditionally found on boats. Architectural design is about history, and this book shows our modern patios as the courtyards found throughout the world. Walks, Walls & Patios Published: 2004, Creative Homeowner Whether you're building with concrete, stone, or brick, you'll find detailed instructions here. From Creative Homeowner Press, the book includes 320 drawings and 50 full-color photographs. A great first book. Patio & Stone This 2009 Sunset Design Guide was put together by Tom Wilhite of Green Man Garden Design & Consultation in Sausalito, California. The patio perspective here is as a space within the landscape architecture. The stone is not all about the patio; it's part of the landscape. Some editions of this book come with a DVD bound in the book. Also, check out Wilhite's 2011 book for Sunset, Landscaping with Stone: Fresh Ideas for Outdoor Living. Building Outdoor Kitchens for Every Budget Published: 2015, Creative Homeowner Home Improvement Series Maybe it's not a patio that you should be building. The 21st-century movement is the outdoor kitchen, and writers Steve Cory and Diane Slavik are on top of the trend. How to Design a Patio Step-by-Step Author: Rachel MathewsPublished: 2013, Successful Garden Design, Kindle Edition Seek out electronic books like this one, subtitled "A Guide to Garden Patio Planning and Landscape Design." E-books are inexpensive and highly recyclable. From the series How to Plan Your Garden, Mathews book is an extension of her online presence at Successful Garden Design website, so her focus tends to be more about landscape architecture.