Building A Patio
Many people assume a patio should butt up to the back of their home
but a stand alone patio, perhaps in the middle of the lawn or tucked away
amongst the flower beds has the distinct advantage of all day sun. If the back
of your home is in shade during the afternoons you should consider a stand
alone patio, especially if sun shine is your thing.
At the moment your idea might be to create a small patio that you can
retreat to from indoors. If there is a possibility though that you may put
your home on the market sometime in the future you should build a patio as big
as your space and budget allows. People live longer than ever before and with
much more leisure time available, it is the garden we head for. The patio is
now an outdoor living room with cooking appliances, comfy seating, perhaps a
built in bar or even an outdoor fireplace. A large, well designed patio will
give your home extra desirability when it goes on the market.
Your patio wants to blend in with both your home and your garden. Blue
tiles might look great with a white washed villa in the Mediterranean but will
it at your home? Choose a color that blends in with the color of your home. If
your garden is formal with straight edges then go for pavers. If your garden
has a random landscape, consider natural stone or crazy paving.
Even if you are having your patio built by a builder you should still
be able to convey to him what you require with sketches or better still, a
scaled drawing. If you are going to build a patio yourself, avoid curves. Try
to make the final size match the size of your chosen paver so that as few cuts
as possible are required.
An excellent idea is to buy all your patio furniture before the build
starts but AFTER you have chosen a style. Set up your furniture where you
envision it will go once the patio is built. By doing this you will be able to
make sure you have designed a patio with enough room for your needs.
Gone are the days of fold up deck chairs. Patio furniture has come on
leaps and bounds over the last few years due to demand. It is comfy, hard
wearing and fashion conscious. Choose a color that suits your chosen paver.
You could also consider an outdoor fireplace or chimney as a focal point. A
water feature brings tranquility to the patio and they come in all shapes,
designs and sizes. One other thing I would recommend is a patio heater for
when the party is in full swing but the sun is setting fast.
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