Are you looking for a recreational area in your home? Maybe be you do not have an outdoor space to hold family barbeques or enjoy a cold beer with your significant other. A patio is probably one of the best outdoor living spaces you can have in your home. Patios are easy to build, cheap, and customisable to a wide array of designs. Below are a few tips to help you make your custom patio.
Location Of The Patio
Inspect your home to establish the best place to install the patio. The benefit of patios is that you can install them at the front, side, or back of your home. Check whether strata bylaws and the building code prohibit you from installing a patio at the front or back of your home or one that is close to your neighbour's property. You can also adjoin the patio to some of the features of your home. For example, you could connect it to the kitchen, rear balcony, or living room to ensure easy access. If you have an expansive landscape, the patio could enhance the appeal of the landscape as a standalone fixture.
From the onset, you must be sure about the size of the patio. Start by thinking about the maximum number of people you want to accommodate on the patio. With this in mind, make an allocation for sitting space, tables, and aisles to ensure guests can move in and out of the patio without causing a commotion.
Below are some design features you should consider on the patio:
What roof will you have on the patio? Ideally, the roof should blend with your home or the landscape. If it is close to the house, consider a flat roof or the roofing material used on your house. You could plant a vine to make the roof blend with the landscape if it is in the garden.
Assuming that you will hold barbeques on the patio, it should have access to water and gas. A sink and small cabinet will ensure cleanliness and organisation as you cook. You should also install a music system and TV to keep your guests entertained. If you live in a cold area, a fire pit will keep guests warm during the winter.
What seating arrangement will you use on the patio? In most cases, you will have to choose between the use of sofas or bar stools. Sofas will leave ample space at the centre of the patio. On the other hand, a bar arrangement will compel you to install the counter at the centre of the patio. It allows guests to interact easily.
When building a custom patio, choose a suitable location, decide on the size and consider the recommended design features.