Backyard Renovation: 4 Steps to a Perfect Patio

Backyard Renovation: 4 Steps to a Perfect Patio
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    If you love the thought of entertaining outdoors, then a patio is the perfect addition to your home.

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Additionally, if you love the thought of a quiet romantic spot just big enough for you and a friend, then a patio may also be the perfect solution. Regardless of the reason that you want to add a patio, here are some things to consider before you start laying it out.

Consider Location

Many people choose to add a patio so that they can entertain outdoors. If this is you, then consider adding it so that you can easily move from the kitchen to the patio. Alternatively, others add a patio in a quiet location so that they can have a quiet spot to get away. If this describes your situation, then you may want to add it off the master bedroom or in a more remote location. Regardless, considering the purpose often allows you to choose the spot that will work best for you.

Think About Upkeep

While many people go plan an elaborate patio with lots of flowers and shrubs, the truth is that in a year or so, they tire of the upkeep. Before you design your patio, think about how much time you are willing to spend maintaining the spot. Choosing native perennials allows you to plant once while enjoying their beauty for many years to come. Additionally, think about which materials you want to use for your patio because some are almost maintenance free while others require regular upkeep. Making these decisions beforehand, allows you to choose the design that is right for you.

Ponder Aesthetics

There are many different styles of homes. Choose a patio that coordinates with your home’s style allowing it to blend in with its environment.  You may even want to design a patio featuring the same colors as your home. Using some of the same colors or materials in flower beds and other areas surrounding the patio often makes it appear more natural. In order to make sure that you have completely thought through the process, it is often best to create a plan on paper.

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While you will want easy access to the patio from inside your home, think about how people in the yard will also access the area. People should be able to get to the patio without trampling on your grass.

You may want to create natural walls around the patio so that play equipment stays out of the area. Alternatively, you may want to create footpaths allowing easy access to the rest of your yard.

Adding a patio to your home is often an addition that can make the value of your property increase. Furthermore, it may increase your enjoyment of your living space. Consider these ideas to get your own creative juices flowing.

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As for patio aesthetics, this is more easily done if you have a pergola, like those from Allweather Shelters, that can be painted.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.