Patios and Pergolas have come a long way in recent years and is now considered more of an extension to the living area of your home, than just somewhere to host a family BBQ. Whether its integrating a veranda, a small patio, or a full patio into your outdoor area, they are a focal point of your home which means you must take into consideration a few key considerations when designing the outdoor entertaining solution that suits your needs.
1. Decide where you will position your Patio.
Most people choose to position their patio next to a main living area like a kitchen or dining area to allow direct access via the main thoroughfare of the home. If your home has a fantastic view you may want to consider facing your patio towards that direction, or you may have a particular part of your outdoor area that isn’t being used where you could position your patio, perhaps alongside an outdoor pool. You might also want to consider the direction of the sun when choosing your patio position.
The installation of bifold or stacker doors from the house will open up your home to the patio area and create the indoor / outdoor look which is very popular.
2. Consider how you intend to use your new Patio.
Are you looking for a sophisticated dining and entertaining area, a casual area for BBQs with family and friends or even a sheltered play area for children and pets. Think about who will use it and the mood you want to create.
3. Decide how big your Patio needs to be for your needs.
When designing the size of your patio you need to consider; your furniture, traffic flow, open areas and even additional length in your roof to ensure weather protection. Small or large, a well designed outdoor entertaining area will increase the enjoyment of your home and increase its re-sale value.
Integrated outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular as outdoor living and dining becomes more sophisticated.
4. Consider the existing aesthetics of your home.
The benefit of modern day patios is the choice of colours, materials and styles available for you to choose from. When designing your new patio consider the existing look and feel of your home and choose complimentary features for your finished patio. This will give your patio and home a truly integrated look.
5. Party People? (Consider your neighbours eardrums!)
Consider how closely positioned your outdoor entertaining area is to your neighbours house. Do you intend to use your outdoor area for a lot of entertaining that could be noisy? Or do you want to increase the privacy of your outdoor entertaining area? You may want to consider these things and look at your options such as the use of screening, fencing or planting tall trees or plants.
6. Lift the overall design of your Patio.
The material your patio is made from, its colour and roof design are not the only design elements for your to consider when designing your new patio. You will also need to consider flooring options. You may want to opt for easy to maintain coloured concrete, you could extend the tiles from inside your home into the outdoor area, or you could choose the warmth a traditional timber decking provides.
Lighting is something to also consider, creative lighting can create a beautiful ambience and create warmth in your outdoor area. You may also want to consider the installation of electrical goods such as TVs, sound systems and fans in your outdoor room design.
7. Consider how much maintenance you want to do?
If you are choosing between a timber or steel patio construction you need to consider how much maintenance you are prepared to do ongoing, to keep your patio looking new. Consider cleaning, painting, oiling of timber etc in your decision.
8. Decide on your Budget.
Even on a budget you can create a fantastic outdoor entertainment and living area. If you are on a budget you should focus the majority of your spend on the structural elements of the design to ensure its strength and longevity.
9. Plan the process in stages if necessary.
A superbly designed and equipped outdoor room with all the bells and whistles sometimes stretches the budget beyond its immediate capabilities. If designed correctly from the start you can still have the design you dream of but break it down into affordable stages. If you want an outdoor kitchen incorporated, but cant fit it into the budget now, you can design your outdoor patio to allow for things like electrical and plumbing and easily build in the kitchen at a later date.
10. Contact your local Patio Installer or Builder.
Quality of design and expert construction will always prevail when creating your outdoor room. You should buy the best quality materials, products and finishes you can afford and work with a reputable company who can provide references to help you design and install your ideal patio.
Whether it is a cosy courtyard or an expansive entertaining zone, a well thought out patio is an important addition to your home.
If you take into account all of the above steps you will have a patio area and outdoor room which will give extra lifestyle options and a fantastic new living area.
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