If you’ve come to that place in your home’s life where you either need to remodel your patio or you’re starting from scratch, you need a good set of plans. But, before you have those, you’ll need to investigate the types of patio ideas that patio design ideas will given your particular space. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the features that you need to address in order to give you the best outdoor patio for your needs and tastes.
First of all, understand that what will make these dream patio features come to life is part budget and part creativity. Sure, you can hire a professional and with a nearly unlimited budget, create something that is taken out of the pages of a movie set or billionaire’s estate. In fact, this is what we’d love to all create. However, you need to consider some things before you can bring any of these patio features to life. Your patio design ideas must make sense given the ‘four S’ factors: site, size, style and soil.
The site you would like your patio to be built upon is going to be a large part of the design plans. If you already have existing landscaping that you are building around, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t hit any irrigation lines or have issues with roots of larger trees damaging the foundation or pavers on which you build your patio. You will also be best off if you are mindful of your position with relation to the sun. The sun will hit your yard at different angles uniquely in different seasons and times of day.
You may have some grand plans for your patio or are simply looking for a little restful or hideaway space to relax in. The size of your patio need not be large to give you huge enjoyment. It is all about the design features that will make your patio give you the feelings you want.
Speaking of designs, the next factor – style – is where the individuality comes through. Your style may be more of an entertainer or that of a lounger. Lounge lizards, as we are affectionately termed, enjoy our hammocks, swinging chairs or poolside chaises. If you are more of an entertainer, then perhaps you will be designing your patio for more of an outdoor dining experience. Outdoor rooms make great additions to achieve this.
Finally, or maybe foremost, you need to consider your soil conditions. More importantly, you need to ensure that your ground can accommodate your patio design. Your footers, pavers, stamped concrete, etc. will all be laying on the soil. Proper grading and drainage are essential to making your patio design ideas not only come to life, but endure.