This month, we’re all about outdoor living. You may have seen our previous post on Deck Design, and today we focus on patios.

A patio is a little area of land designed for luxury. The purpose of a patio is entirely for enjoyment, enabling you to spend time outdoors and appreciate your surroundings. Knowing how to create the perfect patio for you, however, can be a challenge. Read on to consider all your options and craft a patio you love.

Best Use of Space

Consider how to best use the space you have. Think about the layout of your yard, the size and shape of the patio you wish to have, and which direction your patio will face. How will this affect sunlight and temperature year round? Are there trees or other structures nearby to provide shade?

Attached or Detached

Unlike a deck, a patio does not have a roof and can therefore be built next to your home, or away from it. Where would you prefer your patio to be? Adding a patio that extends out from your home can be convenient, should you wish to pop in and out of your home. If you have a large yard and love to garden, you might prefer for your patio to be further out from your home, to better enjoy the view. You could also build a garden around the patio area, with a path leading back to the house, to feel fully entwined with nature and get the most out of the garden you work so hard on.

This home has two patios to take in the sun and shade in their backyard.

Choosing Materials

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to crafting your patio floor. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Stamped, patterned concrete
  • Natural stone
    • Bluestone
    • Limestone
    • Flagstone
    • Slate
  • Brick
  • Paving stones

Think of your needs when determining patio materials.

Furnishing Your Patio

Adding furnishings to your patio is like adding the finishing touches, and it’s your chance to get really creative. Now’s your chance to start browsing Pinterest and assessing color schemes. Popular patio furnishings and accessories include:

  • Outdoor seating
  • Outdoor tables
  • Umbrellas and shades
  • Fire pits
  • Patio plants

Use your patio furniture to add in a pop of color to the outdoor living space.

Seek Expert Advice

Contact Reliable Home Improvement for more expert advice and to create the perfect patio you dream of. With vast experience in design and construction, we can bring your ideas to life.