Homeowners expect so much from their gardens, so properly designing a patio is vital. After all, these structures must simultaneously act as social hubs for dining and entertaining and areas for quiet moments of peace to escape the stresses of the day.
Maintaining such a balance in your garden takes careful consideration. Finding the perfect location is an important step when designing a patio, a spot with the right amount of light but is also located close to the house or sufficiently equipped to provide everything you need. The intended function of your patio will ultimately determine the outcome of the design. Here are a few key considerations when designing your patio.
Have Realistic Goals
Crafting the perfect outdoor space takes time to get the quality space you want. Building materials, patio location, and budgetary restraints can change how your project goes. It is an investment, and cutting corners will only lead to early replacements or regretful decisions once construction is completed. When designing a patio, choose a size that fits your space and is large enough to add furniture and details to create the patio of your dreams. Understand the availability of materials and a realistic timeline of when you’ll be able to enjoy your new space as you imagined.
Location, Location, Location
Three factors influence where you’ll place your patio: how you want to use it, where it will look best in your landscape design, and privacy. If you only plan to use your patio for dining, a shady spot will work, but if you want more light, you will want to place it in a sunny spot.
Where it will look best depends on the size of your yard and its proximity to your house. Of course, if your only sunny space is at the end of the garden, you can plant around the patio to create a lovely view of it from the house. Patios also need to feel private, but that doesn’t mean you have to hide it in the corner of your yard – there are plenty of garden privacy ideas to create a secluded space.
Prepare for Changing Seasons
No matter where you live, the climate can impact the materials, the layout, and how you plan to use your space. Depending on when you plan to use your new patio, adding a fireplace or firepit can make the space usable throughout most of the year. Choosing suitable materials can also impact the lifespan of your patio and structural elements. Whether you choose concrete, bricks, or add a wooden pergola, research the materials and choose the one that best suits your space and climate. Before winter, remove dirt, debris, twigs, and leaves to prevent mildew growth. Protect patio pavers from the elements by power washing and adding a sealer.
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