Planning the Perfect Patio
Patios make escaping to the great outdoors easy, since all you have to do is step outside!
If you’re thinking about installing a new patio, or revamping an existing one, there are many options to choose from in terms of materials and design. There was a time when the word “patio” meant nothing more than a square or rectangular area made of concrete, but that’s no longer the case.
The make-up of your patio can best be determined by the look and feel of your existing landscape. In other words, what will go best with your lawn, garden and home?
Beyond concrete, you may want to consider bricks, stones, tiles, pavers or even gravel. Each of these materials has its own benefits, and each can fit in with a variety of landscape styles. The important thing is to make sure the materials you choose will complement your property rather than contrast it.
Once you’ve chosen the materials, it’s time to think about the design of your patio. Among the many points to consider are:
Location – Do you want your patio to be attached to your house, or would you prefer it to be a stand-alone element in your landscape? How much sun exposure do you want? Is the site you’ve chosen on even ground?
Maintenance – A low-maintenance design that lends itself to easy cleaning will be ideal.
Shape – Think beyond the square and rectangular designs of yesterday. A curved or geometric shape can add more visual appeal to your property and may lend itself to those tricky spots in your landscape.
Shelter – Do you want to include a patio cover or awning for protection from the rain?
Above all else, be sure to take your time and think ahead. By planning carefully, you’ll be much happier with the end result!