Square Patio Ideas

Have a square patio? We have simple and customizable patio ideas for your standard square patio that is fast and easy to build.

Backyard Square Patio layout Idea on a upraded concrete pad with Barrington Deluxe Estate and Masterson-D Grill Island

Our basic square patio ideas have all the desired features to transform your patio into the envy of the neighborhood.

People think a small square patio is boring and couldn’t be made into a stunning outdoor space.

Many people think they need a second mortgage to create a fully functional patio space for entertaining. Nothing could be further from the truth. Using our “pod” design approach you can design and build your patio for a fraction of the cost. You can create an amazing patio that will add function and value to your home by following our basic patio ideas. Our pre-designed layout shows you how easy it can be. You can achieve the same results with similarly shaped “square-ish” patios. Check out our articles on designing an outdoor patio to find out more.

By using our DIY kits and these layouts based on our proven design criteria, you can have an amazing backyard patio that will be the envy of your 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.

This standard square patio follows 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 as an effective and efficient use of space. Moreover, we try to balance and harmonize the indoors with your outdoors.

Isolated Square Patio Idea on an upgraded concrete pad with Barrington Deluxe Estate Outdoor Fireplace and Masterson-D BBQ Grill Island

Homes of all sizes can be found with small uninspired square concrete pads for a patio. Don’t think that your small concrete pad can’t be turned into a stunning outdoor living space. Indeed, square patio spaces- even small ones- can produce a big “wow factor.” The key is to embrace your space and try to make it feel as large as possible. The key to doing this is to give it larger-than-life outdoor features like a fireplace and grill island. Read more as this patio features all the premium features you want to relax after a long day or entertain family and friends for memorable occasions.

This square 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/central kitchen when cooking and serving. This easy access is carried out to the open-concept “dining area adjacent to the grill area. A semi-formal fireplace anchors the outdoor ling area with dual firewood storage boxes. The seat walls add a nice finish to the hardscape pad while adding needed storage. The boxes also add much-needed impromptu seating and table surfaces for larger gatherings. The attached firewood storage boxes are a favorite as they also function as tables for decorations. Guests will find them helpful in holding plates and drinks while mingling with other guests.

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 small square patio easily.

Backyard Square Patio layout Idea on a standard concrete pad with Barrington Fireplace Kit and Masterson-D Grill Island
You can use this layout on any style of home and decorate it to your taste

What makes this square patio idea so great?

Arranged and appointed properly, this patio idea will never feel small or incapable. The size of the patio gives us plenty of room to place a super sweet grill island. We chose the Masterson-D. This grill island features America’s best Kamado grill: the X2 by Grill Dome. This will announce that this patio is world-class and that you demand the admiration of acclaimed professional chefs. (Of course, you can choose any grill island that suits your fancy.) The size of the grill island will correspond with the sizable dining table close by. The combination of these two features makes an excellent cooking and serving area. We place the grill near the door for 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 large “Barrington” fireplace with double wood storage boxes. 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 providing a much-needed visual anchor in a compact footprint.  Of course, you can always upgrade to a Bremley TV fireplace if you want to add a TV to your outdoor living space.

Create your ultimate square patio for around $14,000

This patio is shown with the following features:

Masterson D DIY Stone Grill Island Kit with Grill Dome Kamado Buff
Barrington-Deluxe-Estate-in full glory
Firebox with Deluxe wood boxes option in cottage buff

This square patio idea is shown to scale at 20′ wide x 23′ 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 20′ long (20′ x 20′).

You can use these square patio ideas to remodel your existing patio or build one from scratch.

Your designer patio has everything you need to have a jaw-dropping square 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 head-turning square 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 top-of-the-line square outdoor patio space can be achieved on many different-sized patios. The layout will be the same.

Square Patio layout Idea on a standard concrete pad with Barrington Deluxe Estate and Masterson-D Grill Island

We included everything you need for an outdoor living space for entertaining.

This standard square 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, they become overwhelmed when it comes to their patio or outdoor living area. 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 essential building blocks of highly functional outdoor living space for a square 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 making your outdoor space.

Your head-turning square patio design has an outdoor “living room” with a fireplace.

Barrington-Deluxe-Estate-in full glory
Barrington Deluxe Estate

Our top-of-the-line square outdoor patio space incorporates a DIY fireplace to add a centerpiece and privacy for your outdoor living area.

Our Barrington model outdoor fireplace is a full-masonry stone look kit that you can easily build on a weekend. With our fully customizable outdoor wood-burning fireplace kit, you get the look of a custom stone fireplace at a fraction of the price. Our easy-to-build DIY kits save you time and money. You do not cut or mortar stones. You stack and glue our kits together. A few basic tools and a weekend are all you need to build 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! 

We call a pair of these wood storage boxes our “Deluxe” option. This is the most common upgrade for your fireplace kit. The boxes give you stylish storage for your firewood. The storage boxes also act as small tables for added functionality. This design also 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 standard square patio has a great built-in grill island “kitchen” any Master Griller will envy.

Masterson D DIY Stone Grill Island Kit with Grill Dome Kamado Buff
Masterson D DIY Stone Grill Island Kit with Grill Dome Kamado Buff

Our Large Grill island with Grill Dome Kamado is the sweetest set-up you could wish for.

Check out our premium “Dome Home”- the Masterson-D outdoor BBQ grill island with a smoker. This popular stone grill island has all the premium features you expect from our Masterson line. We chose a large Grill Dome silver X2 Kamado grill. We believe this kamado to be 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 materials, build quality, and finish to the equation and you have a stone BBQ grill island you will love, and your neighbors will envy. Just don’t call it an egg (blasphemy)! To add to the premium nature of this stone grill station, we include natural stone slabs for a killer look while adding durability while staying low maintenance.

The Masterson-D BBQ Kamado Grill Island is a professional grilling station with an amazing smoker grill. Designed for decades of use, our grill stations feature top-quality materials and thoughtful design. This upscale grill island includes a silver Grill Dome premium kamado to math stainless grills and ovens. This kamado grill is the best you will find. All the surfaces are machined and finished to perfection. Plus, the ceramic is thicker than competitors, and all parts are 304 stainless steel, not powder-coated steel like other brands. . The Masterson “Dome Home” will impress the most demanding grillers. Use alone, or mate it with our outdoor fireplaces and other outdoor living features.

Square Patio layout Idea on upgraded concrete pad with Barrington Deluxe Estate and Master-D Grill Island

This square patio has a “dining room” for entertaining guests.

This standard square patio design includes ample room for a dining table featuring a privacy hedge.

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 in 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 head-turning square patio design.

Through the smart use of pods to recreate living spaces, you can achieve a patio you can afford and be proud to show off. 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.