patio design. Saturday , January 06th , 2018 - 10:04:38 AM
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.
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.
"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.
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