Having space to entertain your friends and family outdoors will not only add value to your home, but transform your social life as well. So let’s get started! In the first part of How to Design Your Dream Backyard Patio we covered factors such as the patio location, size and shape. In the second part we will cover patio materials, design and accessories:
There are many different patio materials available which range in price, quality and durability. When designing your patio, you can choose from materials such as concrete, stamped concrete, pavers, brick, natural stones, travertine and more. While concrete is the least expensive, it needs the most upkeep in the long-run. We typically recommend pavers because they are in the middle price range, far more durable, require minimal upkeep and can create beautifully unique designs. Natural stones are the most expensive option because of the irregular shapes of the stone, but are a high quality investment that brings nature right to your doorstep. Remember, choosing your material is more than just focusing on price and durability. It is also important that the material accents your home and fits in to your current aesthetic.
After determining the patio location, size and shape, there are still additional design elements to consider. A stone wall outlining the perimeter of your patio adds dimension to your design and offers additional seating for guests, with the wall doubling as a bench. Some patios are designed on raised terraces. Raised terraces are a great solution for homes where the doorways are above ground level. This allows for a gradual transition downwards and provides a more grandiose atmosphere.
Lastly, don’t forget about your patio accessories. There are many options to choose from including the basics (a grill and patio furniture) and countless extras such as a patio swing, bench, hot tub, fire pit, and more. Accessorizing your patio is a fun and creative process. There is no limit to how lavish you can get with waterfalls, ponds, outdoor kitchens and terraces as design options. Landscape lighting is another important accessory, especially if you plan on entertaining at night. Landscape lighting prevents people from tripping while adding charm and beauty to your patio.