Giovanni Isabella. patio design. January 26th , 2018.
"What is my budget?" Some homeowners feel that this is a loaded question, but it is one that a good contractor will ask and one that needs to be addressed. It should be asked, not to prequalify you as a potential customer or to run the price up, but to bring the project into perspective. As a homeowner, you should not be afraid to tell your contractor your budget. A good contractor’s price is his price and he will design to your budget.
Due to the increasing popularity of brick paving stone or "pavers", homeowners are no longer satisfied with the standard rectangle concrete slab. Pavers allow patio designers to be much more creative in implementing you patio ideas. They can utilize radial and circular designs, different patterns, borders and colors. Also, the introduction of patio block has changed the way patios are designed and used. Each manufacturer has a different name for them, but in a "nut shell" they are stackable blocks that can be used to create seating walls, columns, grill stations, outdoor bars and kitchens. If you can imagine it, you can build it with these blocks.
This demand has not only forced landscape contractors to be more creative with their designs, but has created an industry within itself. All of your big box stores are catering to this industry with patio furniture, stainless steel grills, pre-built grill stations, portable fire pits and it is not unusual to see contractors who specialize or only design and install patios.
When it comes to its usefulness, you need to ask yourself some basic questions such as do you hold big parties or small family gatherings regularly? Are there plenty of children during these parties? Would you like a big patio outdoor room or bistro types of various cozy small rooms? Would you like to have separate small playrooms for the kids? What types of furniture do you have in mind? Which surface texture do you prefer, patterned, colored, smooth, rustic, etc? In effect, functionality should be given priority and importance so that you can pick the best size, layout and shape.
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