Giovanni Isabella. patio design. January 26th , 2018.
Decide how you want to use the patio. Is the patio mainly for alfresco dining or sunbathing or relaxing with a book or all three? The intended use will dictate the size and location of the patio. A patio mainly for dining is best placed where there is some shade so that diners can keep cool on warmer days and seek the sun when the weather is cooler. A patio intended mainly for sunbathing needs to be in a spot where it’s sunny all day. If you want young children to safely use the patio, it needs to be somewhere you can see them from the house.
The most common surface for a patio are paving slabs. There are many different types of paving slab with a wide range of price tags. Steer clear of concrete slabs - they are often more expensive than natural stone, will fade over time and always end up looking fake. Indian Sandstone has dominated the paving slab market for years as it is cheap, natural, widely available and looks good. Cheaper Indian Sandstone is not always the bargain it appears as it is thinner, or poorer quality and more porous causing leaching of the minerals in the mortar onto the top surface of the stone. There are some inexpensive granite slabs currently available that make a wonderful surface only slightly more expensive than Indian Sandstone. The more expensive options are Travertine, York stone, Basalt, and Marble. Polished concrete makes a wonderful contemporary surface for the patio. Resin bound gravel is not only great for driveways, but makes an excellent contribution to the patio paving when combined with other materials for textural contrast.
ou can pick up patio design ideas from videos, patio sketches, books on patio design, photo galleries and articles you can view from the net. There are lots of websites that can help you in your project. Look for those who offer free patio catalogs. You can also consult with a reputable landscape designer around your area. When you find one, make actual visits to his finished patio projects so you can see firsthand how creative and artistic the designer is. In designing your patio, there are various factors, options and choices to consider. You can build a patio which is attached to your house. Or you can opt for a detached patio. Some basic facts such as patio size, shape, surface textures, enclosure options, patterns and finishes are design considerations. Various materials to choose are concrete, stone, tile, brick, pavers or gravel. You have to consider the important functions your patio will serve. Factors such as location’s accessibility, exposure to sun and your planned activities of entertaining, dining and sun bathing play important part in determining the appropriate patio designs.
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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