Long Narrow Patio Ideas

Have a long, narrow patio? We have a simple and customizable patio design for a narrow patio idea that is DIY-friendly

Long Skinny Patio Design

Long and narrow (skinny) patio spaces can have all the features that make for a great outdoor living space.

Many people may find it difficult to make a long narrow patio space useful for entertaining.

Many people think they need a large expansive pad to create a fully functional patio space for entertaining. Nothing could be further from the truth. Using our “pod” design theory coupled with efficient traffic flow, you can create an amazing patio that will add function and value to your home. Our pre-designed layout shows you how easy it can be. You can achieve the same results with similarly shaped patios. Check out our articles on how to design an outdoor patio to find out more.

By using our DIY kits and these patio ideas with premium features, you can have an amazing backyard patio that will be the envy of the neighborhood.

You want a lovely outdoor living space, but you aren’t exactly sure what you want. You are the kind of person who knows what they want when you see it. For many people, our pre-planned design ideas fill the bill. We know what makes a great patio. Moreover, we know how to get the most bang for your buck when installing patios.  Save time and money by choosing our designer patio ideas made to fit an array of backyard sizes and use requirements.

Our narrow patio ideas follow our simple design principles for a failsafe outdoor living space.

People in large gatherings break into smaller fluid pods of two to five people. We use this pod approach to build patios conducive to forming and moving between these smaller social settings.  Instead of getting a massive and expensive open patio that resembles a dancefloor, you get something much more helpful (and natural) at a fraction of the cost. Of course, these designs can be stretched and modified as needed. But you should find these pre-designed patios an effective and efficient use of space. Moreover, we try to balance and harmonize the indoors with your outdoors.

This outdoor living patio design is made for narrow lots that extend away from your house that is often found in urban areas or older, more densely packed neighborhoods. Whatever the reason for having or wanting a long narrow patio, this design is a stunner! Like all our patio designs, this patio features all the features you need for relaxing after a long day or entertaining family and friends for memorable occasions.

This Long patio features the outdoor equivalent of a kitchen, dining room, and living room with a fireplace.

These features are placed in areas that make sense functionally. The grill island “kitchen is close to the door for an unobstructed path for hosts to go to and from the house/main kitchen when cooking and serving. This easy access is carried out to the open-concept “dining room” adjacent to the grill area. The outdoor ling area is anchored by a semi-formal fireplace with seat walls and piers. The seat walls add a nice finish to the hardscape pad while adding a sense of privacy. The seat walls also add much-needed overflow seating for larger gatherings. The attached piers are a favorite as they act as tables for guests using the seat walls. Other guests will find them useful for holding plates and drinks while mingling with other guests. For this reason, we do not recommend adding urns or sculptures atop these piers.

This patio design can be further enhanced and personalized with simple yet impactful landscaping.

We recommend adding columnar evergreens by the dining area for privacy. You may also want to incorporate decorative trees, large grasses, or specimen planting just beyond the seat walls for more privacy or natural impact. Once your trees and shrubs have been placed, you can always embellish them with smaller grasses, annuals, and perennials to your taste and maintenance level. We recommend sourcing plants from a local greenhouse or nursery for the best advice, selection, and quality of materials for your softscapes.

You can create a great patio Design on a narrow patio on a small Lot.

You can use this layout on any style of home and decorate it to your taste

What makes our narrow patio ideas so great?

The key to this space working is not to treat the space like it is small. The length of the patio gives us ample area to place a substantial grill island. We chose the Masterson-K. This grill island features a professional built-in stainless grill AND a kamado cooker. This will clearly state that this patio is premium and demands the respect of even seasoned pro chefs. The size of the grill island will balance nicely with the sizable dining table running lengthwise with the narrow patio layout. The combination of these two features makes a great cooking and serving area. Because the grill is near the door, there will be minimal disturbances in your short trips to and from the main indoor kitchen when needed. When the food is ready, it will be easy to serve the guests or have them serve themselves from the ample counter space of the grill island.

Walk just a short path to the stunning living area. This stunning living space is anchored with a larger “Bremley” fireplace with a seat wall and a chimney extension. Once again, we want the space to feel large and premium by using full-sized features. The premium outdoor fireplace adds a backdrop for your patio while also providing much need overflow seating in a compact footprint. Moreover, the piers make great tables for people sitting on the wall. Be sure not to place any urns or large decorations on these piers. Your guests will appreciate their own personal table. They will also be facing the main seating area encouraging interaction and conversation. Of course, you can always upgrade to a Bremley TV fireplace if you want to add a TV to your outdoor living space.

You can use this long, narrow patio idea to remodel your existing patio or build one from scratch.

Your designer patio has everything you need to have a jaw-dropping long, narrow patio without breaking the bank. Being outside should feel like being outside. There is usually no need to have large expanses of concrete competing with your landscape. Therefore, these patio designs and layouts are more restrained and personal. They are made to accommodate how people intermingle with each other.  The efficiency of this fully functioning premium skinny patio design means you may have an existing paver or concrete pad you can use to implement this layout. If you don’t have an existing pad, you can use this design as a jumping-off point when designing and building a patio from scratch. Remember that this legendary narrow outdoor living space can be achieved on many different-sized patios. The layout will be the same.

Create an legendary narrow outdoor living space for your long, narrow patio around $15,000

This patio is shown with the following features:

Masterson K DIY Stone Grill Island Kit with Summerset Grill and Grill Dome Kamado with food
DIY stone outdoor fireplace kit loaded bremley

This long, narrow patio is shown to scale at 15′ wide x 26′ long

This dimension includes the footing needed for a fireplace. You can pour a separate footing off the end of an existing slab as short as 23′ long.

Our narrow patio ideas include everything you need for an outdoor living space for relaxing AND throwing parties.

This long, narrow patio has all the premium features that add function and value to your home.

Many people are familiar with how to make a room in their house functional. Yet, when it comes to their patio or outdoor living area, they become overwhelmed. Perhaps it is because homes have many rooms and we are more familiar with them. Perhaps the boundaries of the walls and ceiling help us define the space in our minds. But people often want the same things in “outdoor living” as in “indoor living.” We dispel many areas of frustration in our articles about how to design outdoor living spaces and patios. This pre-designed plan will show you an effective way to get the most important building blocks of highly functional outdoor living space for a long, narrow patio that you can customize and make your own.

Our Patio designs incorporate the outdoor version of the “Big Three” areas/rooms where people gather together in a home.

These rooms are the Living room, the dining room, and the kitchen. The requirements of these rooms are simple. But we will give them some added flair to make a lovely patio will be proud to own at a price you can afford. Since most (if not all) can be done yourself, you can save money and instantly create usability and added value to your home. Done correctly, you will likely add greater value to your home than the money you invested in creating your outdoor space.

Your fully functioning premium skinny patio design has an outdoor “living room” with a fireplace.

Bremley fireplace featuring seat walls with piers

Our legendary narrow outdoor living space incorporates a DIY fireplace to add a centerpiece and privacy for your outdoor living area.

Our Bremley model outdoor fireplace is a full-masonry stone kit that you can quickly build on a weekend. With our fully customizable outdoor fireplace kit, you can get the look of a custom stone fireplace at a fraction of the price. Our Easy-to-build DIY kits incorporate the stone exterior with the structure. Therefore, you can quickly build a fireplace that looks great without the need for cutting and mortaring stones. The firebox is lined with firebrick for added durability. No special tools or skills are needed to build a fireplace you will be proud to own. A few basic tools and a weekend are all you need to create a custom outdoor fireplace that will increase the value and function of your home. Your neighbors will be jealous, but you don’t have to share how cheap and easy it was to build your dream patio!

This design includes a pair of wing walls or seat walls. This “Estate” option gives you a lot of bang for your buck. The walls and piers add stately elegance to your patio. Not only do they make your fireplace appear larger, they offer an elegant separation between your patio space and the rest of your lawn.  The piers also act as small tables for added functionality.

This narrow patio idea has a great built-in grill island “kitchen” a serious griller will fawn over.

Masterson K DIY Stone Grill Island Kit with Summerset Grill and Grill Dome Kamado with food
Masterson-K grill island with 4-burner grill (plus infra-red burner) and the world’s best kamado (in our opinion).

Large Grill island with Grill and Kamado keeps your long, narrow patio feeling premium.

The Masterson-K Outdoor BBQ Grill Island with Oven is a professional grilling station in a maintenance-free stone package. Designed for decades of use, our grill islands feature top-quality materials and thoughtful design. This upscale stone grill island includes a Sizzler Series premium grill and Kamado oven that yields professional grilling performance and durability. The Masterson Grill-K Island will impress the most demanding grillers.

This popular and inexpensive BBQ grill island has all the premium features you expect from our Masterson line. We chose the Summerset Sizzler series grill for its professional quality, great looks, and ease of maintenance. It features all of this while being one of the best values on the market. We chose a large Grill Dome Infinity X2 Kamado grill to complement this grill. This kamado is the best on the market at any price. This meticulously crafted kamado comes with all the bells and whistles to step up your grill game right out of the box. Add the premium stone materials, build quality, and finish to the equation and you have a kamado the neighbors will envy. Just don’t call it an egg! To add to the premium nature of this grill station, we include natural stone slabs for an upscale look while adding durability while staying low maintenance.

This long, narrow patio has a “dining room” for entertaining guests.

This narrow patio idea design includes ample room for a dining table and features privacy.

Adjacent to your grill island is an entertaining and dining space. This space allows ample room for a small or a large dining set. You can have several people for dinner or a card game. You may opt for a sun umbrella on your table depending on your home’s height and orientation to the sun. We usually recommend adding upright shrubs or bushes for added privacy during dinner. You will also appreciate the natural screening when you enjoy your morning coffee on your new patio. You can enjoy the morning sun in your most comfortable robe without worrying about prying neighbors.

Our simple yet customizable patio plan creates a fully functioning premium skinny patio design.

Through the smart use of space, you can achieve a patio your friends and family will want to visit- and your neighbors will envy it. The key is efficient sharing of space for movement along and between pods. By freeing our need to move around the pods- along with moving as many features off of the main pad as possible- you can create an enchanting backyard patio that includes the three main components of a stunning outdoor living space. You get a living room, dining room, and kitchen. These “rooms” come with the most sought-after features that will add function while increasing your property value: a grill island with a built-in grill, an outdoor fireplace, and privacy from your neighbors. You get all this with the benefits of outdoor living and room to add flowers and shrubs for a stunning green space.


Have a different problem you need to solve? Is this pre-designed patio not the idea you were looking for? We have several other DIY-friendly patio designs for you to customize. Or, you can follow our guide to designing an effective patio layout for more insights on getting exactly what you want. Be sure to download our Design Guide for more information and actionable steps for creating your dream outdoor living space.