Five Things to Consider When Designing a Patio

Building a patio can add value to your home by extending the living space in the back or the front of your exterior. From having your morning coffee to hosting an intimate garden party, a patio will complement your outdoor living style. When it comes to adding one, here are five things to consider when designing a patio.

Be Realistic

Crafting the perfect outdoor space takes time to get the quality space you’re looking for. Factors such as building materials, patio location, and budgetary restraints can change the way your project goes. It is an investment and cutting corners will only have you making early replacements or regret decisions once the project is completed. 

When planning your patio, choose a size that fits your space and is large enough to add wanted furniture and details to create the functioning patio of your dreams.

Understand the availability of materials, contractors (if using one), and a realistic timeline of when you’ll be able to utterly enjoy your new space as you imagined.

Needs & Wants

Keeping the objective of your outdoor space will ensure that your project stays on track. How do you envision using the space? Planning to host backyard barbecues? Build your patio as an extension from your home for ease of movement from your kitchen to your cooking station. Keep plenty of space for your barbecue and any other additions to master your chef skills. Consider if you need to connect any gas lines or water lines to allow you to use the space accordingly.

Hosting intimate dinners? Locating the patio off the back of your home will also add some privacy along with the addition of a pergola with a retractable canopy and curtains. The canopy will protect from the elements should the weather decide to not cooperate or retract it to showcase the evening sky. Lighting can also enhance the mood while enjoying a romantic meal so make sure outlets are easily accessible.

Prepare for the Seasons/Climate

No matter where you live, the climate can impact the materials used, the layout, and how you plan to use your space. Summer may be hot and dry, or hot and humid. Winter can be cold and filled with snow, or simply damp and cool.

Depending on when you plan to use the new patio, adding a fireplace or firepit can make the space usable throughout most of the year. Is a hot tub in the plans? Place it close to the doorway of your home to prevent having to walk through heavy snow if you’re in a cold winter climate.

Choosing the right materials can also impact the longevity of your new 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. Safeguarding these new investments will keep the space looking new and inhibit any early replacements.

Before winter arrives, remove dirt, debris, twigs, and leaves to prevent mildew growth. Seal wooden structures with a waterproof sealant to prevent moisture and warping. Protect patio pavers from the elements by power washing and adding a sealer. Come spring, you’ll be glad you took the necessary steps to protect your new space.

Have Fun with Décor

Outdoor spaces have become the oasis of summer. Most patios are designed to entertain friends and family. Create a space where people look to gather and design it to boost the atmosphere you’re looking for.

A playful swing chair crafted from wicker or rattan can add some spirit. Placing a rug under your table can increase the comfort and coziness of your guests. Create a peaceful corner by hanging a hammock to encourage relaxation.

Sticking with a theme throughout each decorative piece will also create a cohesive, welcoming area. The right accessories will go a long way in forming your ultimate patio space.

Pick your Patio Furniture

Choosing your furniture is just as important during the planning phase. How do you want your space to function? The right patio furniture can transform your plain patio space into your new favourite spot. When selecting your furniture, it’s important to measure the area. The pieces should fit while leaving enough room to freely walk around without having to squeeze between pieces or bumping your knees.

Picking low-maintenance furniture will minimize upkeep and allow you to enjoy your space more often than caring for it. Storage space may also determine the size and quantity of furniture you purchase. Do you have a garage or shed you can store these pieces in? If not, look for items that can be taken apart or folded. Another option is to look for furniture covers that will help protect your pieces from the elements.

Large outdoor sectionals have become increasingly popular. When choosing these types of pieces, you have the option to arrange and re-arrange as you see fit for the space, as well as cater to the number of guests. Some furniture pieces also double as a table or footrest, creating extra seating.

If you’ve planned a patio to dine alfresco, choose a good-sized table that will allow you to comfortably host your guests. Do you have a larger family or are you catering to a small friend group? Take this opportunity to turn the space into a dining destination. The comfort level of your chairs should also be contemplated as you wine and dine throughout the day and into the evening. Search for pieces with plush seat cushions and backs.

Putting together the patio itself can be done on a weekend, but gathering the right furniture, accessories and pieces can take time. Search for the right décor and furniture so your patio vision can come to life.

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