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Making A Patio Palace: Tips on Patio Designs

There's nothing better than enjoying some good food, cool drinks, and a great time with friends on your very own patio. Give patio design your best efforts by learning all the ways you can make a patio palace right in your backyard.

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With some detailed planning, creativity, and strict adherence to a budget, your patio can be an outdoor space that is just as stylish and decorative as any space inside your home.

At the very least, your patio is an area in your backyard that gets a bit of paving to create a durable place for displaying weatherproof furniture, sharing barbequed meals with friends, and relaxing and catching a summer breeze. At its most extravagant, patios can contain luxurious spas with a hot tub, swimming pools, and a shaded cabana.

Add a patio enclosure and you've got extra square footage to your house as well as a resplendent retreat that rests right in the thick of nature. From small 5 feet deep by 6 feet long patios to patios that span more than 1,300 feet, patios are great for spicing up uninspiring landscapes and adding value to your home. However, before you begin creating your patio palace, you're going to need a patio design.

What Is A Patio?

A patio is placed directly on the ground. But now that I've defined it, rid yourself of the idea that a patio is simply one concrete slab with boxy furniture arranged on top of it. Many backyard patio designs create groupings of more than one patio platform linked together with private walkways and adorned with luxuriant plant life.

There can be limitations as to your patio design based on the shape of your property's terrain. But you can hire a crew to create new topography in your yard with machines such as backhoes, bulldozers, etc and erect retaining walls. If you have a limited budget, realize that having professionals grade your land site will drive up the cost of your patio project. You'll spend no less than few thousand dollars.

Choosing Your Patio Design

There are quite a few things you should consider when planning to create a patio. For one, you need to be pretty clear of what you want from the patio space. Literally write it down, at the top of a blank page right above all the other things you want to accomplish with your new backyard patio. Note how many people will regularly be using the patio-this will affect the patio's size and width. Don't skimp on things like your patio's dimensions. It's better to have a generous amount of space rather than not enough.

Next, design your patio with the view in mind. If you're lucky enough to have rolling green hills, a serene pond, placid lake, or bustling city life right behind your backyard, your patio design can be about how best to showcase these sights for your viewing pleasure. If you aren't lucky enough, however-for example, let's say your patio view is the back of your neighbor's unkempt backyard-then you have to discover an alternative focal point.

And what could be better than the back of your very on home. With some heavy landscaping done at the backside of your home, your patio design can focus on vibrant floral beds, high-tech lighting systems, and an chic water feature that is a great complement to a divine summer evening.

Often times creative design can solve problems with unappealing views, uneven land or steep grades so brainstorm as many patio ideas as you can. Read everything you can. Look at before and after pictures. Even consult with people who have designed their patios. Find out what has worked for them, what hasn't, and what they wish they'd done instead. Taking the time to know what you want from your patio in the beginning will help you save time and money later once the project is underway.

Patio Material

The type of material you use can really influence the look of your patio. If you're looking for a sleek Chicago-style patio then you might avoid a patio with too much red brick, which can look like a patio that's been ripped right out of a city from the Southwest. And plain gray concrete can feel too cold and uninviting.

So don't be afraid to try out different materials. You've got lots to choose from. Brick, slate, tile and flagstone are great material choices. And concrete actually can be dyed into many different colors as well as scored into many different geometric shapes. Flex your creative design muscles by mixing and matching materials, colors and textures if you want your patio to achieve a truly unique look.

Here is just a mention of some choices you have in patio material:

Concrete. Plain concrete is the most affordable choice. It is poured directly on top of a compacted gravel base. Standard slab thickness for a concrete patio is four inches. You can accentuate the plainness of concrete by dying it, surrounding it with brick borders, and heavily landscaping the patio area.

Stone Veneer. Stone veneer offers the look of real stone but is less expensive and lighter in weight.

Brick. Brick is a moderately priced choice for patios. It is relatively easy to install. It has a versatile, classic look that can create a traditional, "old brick" patio design or a contemporary, "new brick" one. Can be used with or without mortar on a concrete or a sand base.

Tile. Outdoor tile works well for patio material and is always set on a base of concrete. Mortar grout keeps the paving material in position.

Some more about patio materials

Don't forget to choose patio materials and designs that will complement your home. Try to invision what your stucco house would look like if you put a concrete patio behind it verses a stone veneer one.

And choose materials and designs that match your lifestyle. If aren't the kind of person who likes to keep meticulous care of the goings on outside of the house, don't go for high-maintenance materials. Installing low-maintenance materials such as concrete and some brick will be better.

But if you're willing to take care of an elaborate patio design then go for it. Add all the intricate design elements that you can think of. You'll likely need the aid of a professional, however, which can become expensive and probably punch a big hole in your budget. If you want to adhere pretty close to your budget, skip a complex and go for a simple do-it-yourself patio design.

Types of Designs

There are no steadfast rules to follow when it comes to the type of outdoor patio design you can have. But here are some of the more common patio plans:

Open Patios. Open patios are a sun worshiper's dream. They are designed to take in the maximum amount of sunlight and air because they are built with the fewest obstructions. That means your patio area is often free from things that create shadows such as overhangs and large trees.

Patio Rooms. Patio rooms are better known as sunrooms. These types of patios can be used all year long because you don't have to go outside to enjoy the sun.

Covered Patio. Covered patios are the opposite of the open patios. A covered patio is very similar to a porch, apart from the fact that a patio's flooring is normally masonry that is laid directly onto grade. Covered patios are often built next to a home, where extended eaves, shade or overhang protects it from weather related issues. Sometimes a part of the patio base stretches from beyond its coverage so that a portion of the patio can access the sun fully. You can add a patio screen to the patio to keep out bugs, too. But covered patios aren't typically used all year long.

Poolside patios. Poolside patios are like having your very own resort in your very own backyard. They have open areas for catching the sun after a dip in the pool and plenty waterproof and slip-resistant surfaces for safety.

Retreat Patios. Retreat (aka getaway) patios are usually small, intimate outdoor spaces that offer the best privacy. They are normally nestled in a thick enclave of trees and other shrubbery located away from the house. Often your secret getaway patio spot is connected to your home by a little path. Retreat patios can be open-air or have a sheltered roof. And having a gazebo with a retreat patio is not an unusual sight.

Entry Patio Design

Let's give the entry patio design a mention here, although this article speaks mostly to backyard patio designs. Entry patios are built at the front of your home, which makes them the opposite of the retreat patio. Entry patios are open spaces with wide, paved areas that are great places to relax, commiserate with neighbors, and for displaying built-in planters and causal patio furniture.

Don't Neglect the Details

When planning out your patio design, don't overlook how everything will fit on your patio area. For example, furniture takes up a lot of space. Not just because of the bulk of it all, but because you must appropriate a good amount of space for each person to sit comfortably in the sitting areas. Be sure to allow at least 16 inches behind and on the sides of furniture that is next to the edge of the patio.

You also have to consider if you want a patio bar or a patio fire pit because you'll have to decide where these items will go in relation to the sitting area too. But mostly because a patio bar and patio fire pit will alter the look and usage of your patio. Even the type of patio doors you have can make a difference.

The most common patio doors are still sliding doors. But French doors are taking patio designs by storm. These doors are sophisticated and elegant, and they expertly match decor on the outside as well as the inside. Finding the right door can completely establish the feel of the patio space.

You know what else can do it? Shrubbery. Strategically placing a few small trees and flowerbeds can add drama to your overall patio design. Find lush green plants and vibrant seasonal flowers and use them to enshroud the patio. The look and fragrance will add another dimension to your design.

And you can't neglect finding the right patio accessories! They certainly make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your time out on the patio. For example, a good outdoor heater for those cool days is a must. Outdoor umbrellas, too, for those blazing hot days.

A few stylish trash urns will keep patio outings neat and tidy. And nothing beats a deck box to store away all the furniture items (cushions, covers, umbrellas, etc.) for safekeeping or in order de-clutter your patio space by putting these items away.

Last Word About Patio Designů

Do what feels good for you in terms patio design. Don't fall prey to the traditional shapes and material usage. You should work with the land you have to curb any unnecessary spending on the project, however. To solve land site issues, brainstorm on creative ways to make your patio a standout and be a functional outdoor space that you can enjoy.


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