When you think of a patio, are you stuck in the rut of some square pavers, very little shade and a blank space to plop your lawn chair? With the right planning and creative thought, you can craft a patio design that brings beauty, relaxation and functionality to your backyard.
If you peruse the outdoor section of a major retailer, you would be impressed with all of the options for outdoor living. No longer just a few charcoal or gas grills, the industry has capitalized on this culture’s love of nature and manufactured furniture, lighting, canopies, fireplaces and cooking systems specifically for patio use. Because of this whole new section of design, some companies specialize in patio-only design and construction. Take these things into consideration if you are planning to update your outdoor look.
What’s the Budget?
The first item to consider is how much money you are willing to spend on this venture. Certain creative elements will be visually stunning but have a huge impact on your wallet. Have a figure in mind, but speak to your contractor openly about what you want to accomplish with your budget. Ask what it would take to give you the design you want.
What’s the Purpose?
If you are looking to use your patio for specific things, like hosting events or a place to unwind in the evening, tell your contractor. Design components can be tailored to provide more space or give you the most for your budget but leave room for adding on later.
What’s the Style?
If you want more than a concrete slab, you will need to account for the extra costs for pavers and the manpower to lay them. If you are wanting a fire pit, create a patio design around this piece as your theme.
Creating an outdoor living space can bring a whole new level of relaxation and entertainment to your backyard. Work with a patio contractor for the best in both design and construction.