Designing and building the perfect patio will improve the visual aesthetics and value of your home. Are you tired of the bland, boring backyard that you stare out into every day? Wouldn’t it be great to start every morning on the patio, sipping some coffee while you watch the summer sunrise?
If you are an experienced DIY enthusiast, building your own patio can be an incredibly rewarding experience. There is no feeling quite like sitting on your own hand-made patio, sipping cocktails with your friends as you watch an epic sunset. It is possible to get all the tools and materials you need to do the job from a local hardware supplier. You can use online tools such as a sand calculator to assist you in calculating the right volume of materials to order.
If you are inexperienced in DIY, then building the patio should best be left to professionals that are qualified, experienced, and come highly recommended. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a voice in the design and planning process. Your patio will be yours to enjoy, so you should be completely comfortable with the final design before you approve any construction.
Here are a few tips and ideas to help you create the perfect patio that you can enjoy in any season and in any environment.
Selecting the Right Site
Your patio should be the focal point of your outdoor entertainment area. Small patios can be used as private balconies to bedrooms, conference rooms, libraries, or other rooms on the ground floor of the home, however, these are suited to larger homes and smaller than a main entertaining patio.
Your patio site should be founded on the following factors;
- Lighting & Sunshine
Take all three into account when designing your patio. Your positioning, access to your home and privacy will all play a major role in the final enjoyment of the patio, consider them carefully in your planning. Also, get creative about lighting – a wood fire pit, for example, is a classy way to not only add natural light but to also create a warm and comfortable ambiance on your patio.
Design & Styling – Shape & Size
Your patio should enhance and amplify the existing theme and color palette of your home. Make sure you select styling, materials, and design that add to your home’s visual appeal.
The size of your patio should be balanced between the floor space of the home, the nearest room, and the backyard. Plan the patio size with a design program, or speak to a professional to render you plans.
Protection with a Patio Cover
Covering your patio is essential is you wish to enjoy it in any season, or any weather. There are a number of different ways to do this. Some examples of nice patio covers are lattice styles or A-frame gazebos that feature lightweight, durable materials such as aluminum and are finished with organic veneers.
The Final Thought
A patio is just another way you can enjoy your home. When you decide on your budget, take into account the rise in value that it will add to your home, as well as the improvement in your quality of life. Bring your backyard back to life with a patio that you can enjoy all-year-round.
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