When you used to dream of owning a home, those dreams included a patio. You had the perfect patio design in your head, a place where you could host boisterous cookouts or just sit back and relax.
Now you’re a homeowner, but the patio you’ve always dreamed of hasn’t – for whatever reason — materialized yet.
That’s OK. We understand. Life gets in the way of a lot of things, including patio design. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips for designing your perfect patio.
1. Right spot, right size
When you think of a patio, you might think of a space that’s right next to your house, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Some homeowners opt for a patio space that’s a bit more secluded. However, if you suspect you’ll be using your patio as an outdoor dining spot, try to position it close to the kitchen.
In addition to the right location, you’ll need to decide what size patio you want, based on whether you think you’ll be hosting intimate family gatherings or larger get-togethers. Set up some tables and chairs on your lawn to determine how much room you’ll need.
2. Finding the right materials
You have a lot of different paver and slab materials to choose from when creating your patio design. Concrete, slate, brick and flagstone are among the most popular.
Obviously you’ll want something that fits your budget but consider other factors as well. If you’ll be eating outdoors, you’ll need a surface that keeps chairs and tables on an even keel. And you should always try to choose a material that fits the style of your home.
3. Think about amenities
The sofa and the TV might be the anchors for your living room, but that room doesn’t become a living space without some amenities such as rugs, artwork, or knick-knacks..
The same holds true for your patio: It could just be a simple concrete slab, but you can make the most out of this space by adding things like lighting, planters, or even fountains or outdoor fireplaces.
Adding some trees, shrubs or flowers can help your patio blend in with the rest of your yard or garden and make it a more enjoyable place to be.
4. Where to sit?
A versatile patio is one that gives you, your family and your guests a wide range of seating options and seating areas. If you’re hosting a casual gettogether – or just relaxing on your own – you might want to invest in some Adirondack chairs, while benches might be better for more formal gatherings.
No matter what seating options you choose, be sure to give yourself plenty of shade. Your patio won’t be as relaxing if people are looking for ways to escape the hot summer sun.
5. Find a builder
A smaller patio can be a great DIY project, if you don’t mind lugging around pavers and slags. But if you’re going with a larger, more complicated patio design – particularly one where pouring concrete will be involved – you may want to enlist the help of a professional.
And if you aren’t sure which patio material is right for your patio design, Woodward Landscape Supply can help. We carry a wide selection of pavers and slabs, including travertine, flagstone and other natural paving materials.
Whether you choose your own pieces or let us guide you, we’re confident we can help you create the patio of your dreams.