How To Plan the Perfect Patio

    How To Plan the Perfect Patio

    Are you looking to create the perfect patio for your home? There are a few things you need to consider before getting started. First and foremost, you should establish your budget to ensure you create a patio that fits your needs and your wallet. Next, you'll need to choose a style that complements your home and yard. Then, you'll need to choose the right materials for your patio, taking into account maintenance requirements. Finally, you can furnish your patio with seating, tables, lighting, and accessories that match the overall look and feel you're going for. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at each of these steps so you can plan the perfect patio for your home.

    How To Plan the Perfect Patio

    Establish Your Budget

    When planning the perfect patio, it’s important to consider your budget. Make sure to include the size of the patio, cost of materials, labor and any potential obstacles you may run into along the way. Knowing your budget will help you plan a patio that fits your needs and your wallet. A larger patio with more features is going to cost more than a small, basic one. If you’re planning on adding any extra features like a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen, factor in those costs as well. It’s also important to consider long-term costs. If you’re planning on using pavers, for example, you’ll need to consider the cost of sealers and sand to ensure that the pavers stay in good condition. You may also need to occasionally replace pavers or repair them if they get damaged. 

    Choose a Style

    Once you’ve established your budget, it’s time to decide on a style for your patio. Consider the existing color scheme of your home and yard and decide on a style that complements it. For example, if your home is a classic colonial, you may want to choose a traditional style patio with brick pavers or stepping stones. If your home has a more modern look, then a sleek, concrete patio may be more appropriate.

    Think about the existing features in your yard as well. If you already have a deck, consider how it could be incorporated into your patio for a seamless transition. If there’s an arbor or trellis nearby, think about how you could use it to create a covered seating area or outdoor living space. And if there’s an existing garden, decide how to incorporate it into the design of your patio.

    Don’t forget to think about functionality. If you want to be able to entertain large groups of people, plan to build a large patio for plenty of seating. If you’re looking for a cozy spot for relaxing and reading, a smaller area with a few chairs and a table may be more suitable. Look out for the orientation as well. Depending on where the patio is located, you could either be facing sunrise versus sunset. If you prefer more shade or less wind, you should build the patio under trees or near a wall. 

    Choose Your Materials

    The most common materials for patios are pavers, concrete, and natural stone. Pavers are individual pieces of material such as brick, stone, or concrete that are laid out in a pattern. Concrete is poured in one solid piece and can be stamped with a design to mimic natural stone. And natural stone is exactly what it sounds like – stones that are laid out in a pattern.

    Each material has a different standard for maintenance. Pavers and natural stone require regular cleaning and sealing to prevent them from becoming stained. On the other hand, concrete is less tedious to maintain but more difficult to repair if it gets damaged. Whichever material you choose, make sure that it’s one that you’re comfortable with maintaining over time.

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    Furnishing Your Patio

    Seating

    Hanging chairs are not only a fun decorative item, but quite functional when it comes to saving space. See if hanging one from a pergola, beam or even the branch of a tree is an option. Plus, they're ideal for outdoor reading and relaxation.

    Furniture is a great way to make a statement when furnishing a patio. Consider adding a small sofa and some cushioned chairs to your patio to create a cozy atmosphere. Benches or built-in seating are rather practical as long as they are built to tough out harsh weather. They minimize the hassle of having to put away chairs and bring them out again. It's likely that you'll only have to stow away pillows in case of rough weather.

    Tables and Chairs

    Tables and chairs are essential to any patio, and you'll need just enough to accommodate you and your guests. For smaller patios, a bistro table and two chairs are perfect for a cozy dinner for two, while larger patios may require a larger dining table with eight chairs.

    For more casual gatherings, consider adding a few outdoor loungers or a daybed. These are perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine. Consider adding an outdoor bar cart or side table to hold drinks and snacks. Finally, consider adding an outdoor bar or bar seating. This is perfect for larger gatherings and can also serve as a conversational piece.

    Lighting

    String lights are a great final touch for a welcoming patio. Fairy lights, paper lanterns, or globe lights can all create a magical ambiance. Installing outdoor lighting fixtures is a more permanent solution. Wall sconces, lanterns, or post lights can be mounted on nearby walls for a more traditional look. Finally, candles or tiki torches offer a casual and laid-back vibe

    Accessories

    Once you have your furniture and lighting in place, it’s time to add the stand-out pieces and ask what the main purpose of your patio. It might be to throw dinner parties, a place to drink coffee, to catch a tan, or to watch the stars. Then you can decide if you want to add a fireplace, a hot tub, an outdoor pizza oven…dream big!

    If these options don’t speak to you, consider adding some outdoor art or sculptures. These can be anything from playful wind chimes to abstract sculptures. Whatever you choose, make sure it is weatherproof and can withstand the elements.

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    Final Touches

    Flowers & Greenery

    Flowers add a pop of color to your patio, whether it’s a few small pots, hanging planters, or planning a larger flower bed. They add life to the outdoor space, as long as they are the right selection. Take into consideration the amount of sunlight, weeding and maintenance, water or drainage issues, and annuals vs. perennials. If you don’t have a green thumb, native plants might be for you. They can attract butterflies and other pollinators, while being low-maintenance and drought-tolerant. Trees and shrubs offer a lush, natural environment while also providing privacy.

    Water Features

    A waterfall or a birdbath can turn your patio into a serene oasis, not to mention the therapeutic sound of water trickling over rocks. A self-contained pond is pretty hassle-free, with their pumps and water filter systems. A solar-power, wall-mounted fountain can also be the cause of the ultimate zen zone. Whatever option you prefer, keep an eye out for too bulky or noisy options so that they don’t overwhelm your space.

    Structures and Pathways

    Adding a walkway is an elegant way to lead up to the patio, and feels more intentional. For extra privacy or shade, pergolas, gazebos, and arbors might be for you. They’re great as you can grow plants on them, hang lights or curtains, or even add a fan to make sure the area is cool and comfortable. While they can be slightly costly, they come with so many benefits. 

    Conclusion

    While there are so many options to construct a patio specially catered to your lifestyle, there are a few final steps that all patios need. Staining and sealing are important protecting the surface from water damage, dirt, and debris. It helps to keep the patio looking its best by preventing fading and discoloration.

    Likewise, a great patio comes with great responsibility. Inspect your patio regularly for any cracks, chips, or other damages that may need to be addressed. If you do find any issues, it's best to have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent any further damage from occurring. With these tips, you can ensure that your patio looks its best and will last for years to come.

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