A patio adds living space to your property that can be utilized during the warmer months of the year. Patios are generally located adjacent to a main building, such as the home. However, a patio can be built anywhere on a property as a useable outdoor space. When considering creating a patio area, a number of points will help you to create a pleasant and practical area.
Measure Your Available Outdoor Space
Your first step in designing a patio for summer outdoor use is to determine how much of your yard is available for the project. You may have a small yard, and you may not wish to use all of the area for the patio. If you have a large back yard, you can define any portion of it for the patio. Have someone help you measure the defined area of your future patio. This measurement will help to you determine costs for the project, as well as to choose the right size of furniture for the area.
Consider How You’ll Use Your Patio
You may want a large patio area to use for entertaining guests outdoors. Or you may prefer to have a small patio area as a place to sit and enjoy the larger natural area of your years. In either case, you should consider how you intend to use the space, such as places for furniture, sun exposure and proximity to outdoor barbecues or kitchen. You may also want to frame the area with plantings or containers to hold flowers and foliage. These features will help to make your patio a more attractive area.
Explore New Patio Options
Patios can be constructed of many different types of materials, including brick, pavers, flagstone, concrete, pebbles, pea gravel and others. The cost of materials will vary, depending on the type you choose. Each type offers a unique look for your patio. You will also find many different types of furniture and accessories for your patio design. The internet and many home improvement books will allow you to look at various types of patios, to determine the best one to suit your needs.
Map out Your Patio Components
You can then do a scale drawing of your future patio. As you draw out the individual components you want to have on your patio, you may think of other features to add to it to enhance your outdoor experience.
A patio construction project does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. A variety of materials and designs are available to suit your individual needs and requirements. Once your patio is completed, you will enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant outdoor area for relaxation and entertaining in warm weather.