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Most people who care about their home are always on the lookout for new and exciting things which will make their house look even better. One of those things is certainly a patio. In fact, patios are growing in popularity right now, and for a good reason – their long term value.

When it comes to making a patio, it doesn’t matter whether you’re starting from scratch or not. You just have to create a solid plan and execute it to perfection. If you want your patio to be both gorgeous and functional, then read below.

Purpose

What’s your dream patio? Is it a small and private patio or a big one? Do you want to host parties outdoors or do you just want to drink tea and coffee with your neighbors while the sun is caressing your cheeks? You must decide whether your patio will be a place where you can escape the noise and troubles, or a place where your friends will gather to have loads of fun. Once you’ve figured that out, you can start considering other things.

 

Location

If you want your patio to be a gathering place, then you simply must locate in near the kitchen. That way, you and your guests will always be able to cook something or simply take something from the fridge. However, if you want your patio to be your ‘’safe place’’, then you might consider choosing some other location.

Depending on what kind of landscaping your home has, decide on the perfect spot for a patio. Walk around your property and try to feel the space around you and determine where you feel comfortable. Just be careful not to pick a spot that’s too close to neighboring homes if you want to avoid your neighbors complaining.

Size matters

It’s of the utmost importance not to underestimate the size of your patio because most people do exactly that. The two general rules of thumb are to design a patio that’s proportional to the house and to use epoxy flooring in order to increase its durability. Remember, your patio is outside, and it has to endure much harsher conditions than your indoor surfaces.

Shape

While you can let your imagination run free, it is recommended that you choose from one of three possible options:

  • Symmetrical – Completely symmetrical to the house
  • Asymmetrical – Modern looking but slightly askew
  • Curvy – Simple curves that seemingly flow with nature

In recent years, curvy and asymmetrical patios have become more popular but, ultimately, you know what’s best for you.

 

Materials

Choosing the right materials for a patio can prove to be painful. Natural materials are expensive, and concrete doesn’t always look good. That’s why you need to consider your budget. If you want to go all out, then natural materials are for you, but if not, concrete or gray pavers will do the trick.

Surrounding area

If you have a green thumb, don’t forget to leave some area around the patio for your plants. However, if you know that you will not take care of them, just forget about this and make your patio as big as possible.

Extras

Fire pits are generally a very good idea – if you plan on using them. Don’t build a fire pit just because your neighbor has one. Maybe you’re a person who loves the sound of water? Then consider adding a water feature.

You can always add some artwork to it to make you and your guests feel more comfortable.

Don’t forget about creating shade, too. If you do not have trees in your backyard, then consider adding a large shade umbrella.

You and only you know what your dream patio is. Consider every little thing, no matter how insignificant it might seem, right now and don’t start building a patio until you have a crystal-clear idea in your head of what your patio should look like.

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