Patio Design and Style Ideas
The styles and accessory choices for a backyard patio are nearly endless. New products and design solutions allow homeowners to really think big with their patio plans. From lighting to flooring, from heating to environmental interaction, designers of backyard projects can brainstorm their way to better cost efficiency, convenience, easy maintenance, and visual appeal. Take advantage of all of the choices patio contractors have to offer when planning your own patio ideas.
Matching styles and colors
This is a big one: consider how every aspect of your project complements and accentuates your home or existing space. Flooring and furniture are the more obvious elements, but you’ll also want to think about how planters, fountains, or other stand-alone items will fit into your color and style scheme.
Greening your Patio
Professionals offer lots of landscaping patio tips. You can go as simple as a few potted varieties, or as complex as overhanging vines, irrigated beds, and other types of vegetation that interact with your patio structure. Stone or wood pillars can create a canopy to go over your natural stone or pavestone flooring. Green beds can be set into your flooring for a nice organic look. Consider how you will let plant life creep into your design.
Some patio ideas include a lot of permanent placement. Benches, stools, tables, or even fireplaces can be melded into the flooring design in brick or stone, or protected wood. There are obvious pros and cons to this approach: permanent furniture can be easier to maintain, but it’s much less flexible. Think about long-term use when designing a permanent amenity to your patio.
Warming Up: Backyard Solutions
Other kinds of heating choices include outdoor heat lamps and the increasingly popular fire pits, now a favorite in patio plans. The mobile ceramic oven can be moved around and stored away from the elements; it throws off a nice bit of heat and adds attraction to an outdoor space.
Heads Up on Zoning
Another consideration is less design-oriented, but still useful: be sure you are creating within your legal rights. Figure out all applicable property lines and check your local zoning for limits to backyard projects. Lots of areas have local laws about how much of a property can be paved: these laws help deal with storm-water drainage. Keep these in mind when going into a project.
For a look at how some homeowners tackled patio projects, view the patio photo gallery from EnhanceScape. Looking at existing projects can help boost your visions of your own patio and yard space.