If you are deciding to build a new backyard patio or want to remodel an existing patio, there are many things to consider before you start doing anything. The first thing to consider for your outdoor patio remodel is size. The outdoor patio should have a purpose and compliment your home.
If you make your patio too small, it becomes a wasted space often times. On the other hand, if you make it too big it is not only expensive, but can diminish the look or your backyard. Getting the right patio design the first time is a very important step when you decide to do outdoor patio remodeling.
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The material that you use to create your outdoor patio depends partly on your tastes, but also partly on practical considerations. Most homeowners choose hard surfaces, such as the flagstone patioshown in this picture. But as we will see later, there are some instances where a hard surface is not necessarily the best option.
The “herringbone” is one of the brick patterns commonly used. It is a bit harder to lay than some of the others, partly because it will almost certainly involve some brick-cutting. The herringbone pattern has a frenzied look to it and will draw attention to a patio. If it is excitement that you seek (and you have some DIY experience), the herringbone may be for you.
The “running bond” is another brick pattern used in outdoor patio construction. In spite of its athletic-sounding name, this pattern strikes the eye as being smoother and has more of a soothing effect on the psyche than does the herringbone (previous photo). That effect is perfect for the patio in this picture, a resting place in the middle of a garden.
Like the running bond, the basket-weave brick pattern is another that offers a soothing effect. Even more importantly, laying a brick patio in this pattern — under the right circumstances — can save beginners some work and some frustration. Why? And what are those circumstances?
Consider the landscape in the picture above. These homeowners had plenty of room to play in. They were not trying to shoe-horn a patio into a tight spot. Consequently, they could leave off laying bricks at whatever point they felt their patio was big enough, and no brick cutting was required due to space constraints. That is often a relief to beginners, who tend to dislike handling noisy, dangerous tools to slice through hardscape materials.
Here is another type of patio that has some give to it: a gravel patio. As with the sand of the Zen garden pictured in the prior slide, the gravel cannot “break” when tree roots attack it. As a result, you need to be less wary of growing trees around your patio than you do with hard-surface patios.
Here is another fact about gravel patios that should meet with your satisfaction: They are not high-maintenance, as are Zen gardens. This fact will only hold true, however, if you take the precaution of using landscape fabric as an underlayment to make it more difficult for weeds to invade the space.
A patio need not be enormous to serve its purpose. If the owners of this patio built it for the purpose of communing with nature, then they could not have asked for anything much better. For one thing, the location is superb: It is tucked into a hillside, forming something of an amphitheater. In spring, the daffodil flowers surrounding it are a great plus.
Plants and patios can complement each other. We will be looking at many examples of the marriage of plant and patio in upcoming slides. Beginning with spring, let’s examine how you can plan your patio in such a way as to make it enjoyable for all four seasons of the year. This will involve astute plant selection as well as creative solutions to some nagging seasonal problems.
Early spring is magical, but a greater number of fantastic plants come into bloom later in spring.
While a number of long-blooming perennials can see you through the summer if you are patient, there is nothing like annual flowers (such as the geraniums in this slide) for quick, inexpensive, constant color. Grow them in a flower bed within view of your patio and/or in pots right on the patio, according to your desires.
A little bit of light goes a long way toward making the patio a great destination on sultry summer nights. Your outdoor lighting need not be fancy. The simple string lights in this image work just fine. A trickier issue is dealing with mosquito pests, especially if you are a proponent of natural mosquito control. We will see one way of dealing with the problem in the next slide.
Let’s take the thought in the prior slide up to another level: Having a wonderful outdoor fireplace like this one on your patio would give you even more incentive to spend time on it in winter.
When considering how to design a patio, you must first map out what you aren’t able to change, like any established shrubs and trees. Rather than seeing these things as roadblocks to your patio design ideas, use these unmovable items as inspiration in the shaping or locating of your new garden area.
Warm summer days can still bring chilly winter nights. If you want to sit out long into the cooler evenings, or entertain way into the small hours, then it’s a good idea to incorporate a roaring outdoor fireplace into your backyard patio design.
Why stop at just one outdoor patio design if you have the space to enjoy several? This sprawling garden offers up multiple patio ideas. A sociable lounge, an al fresco dining area and a couple of decks at the sides are all connected by contemporary stepping stone slabs.
Once you have your patio garden design, you can have fun selecting outdoor furniture to complement it. This stunning patio has been kitted out with the Bellini Style White Outdoor Dining Chair.
A sun patio tops this multi-level garden, nestled under a pergola. It is accessed by concrete steps via a dining deck. Another set of steps lead down to a plunge pool behind glass balustrades.
This enclosed patio design is achieved with heavy planting overhead, and sheer voiles hung like banners to form a flowing wall. The voiles are knotted at their base to give them a little weight in the breeze. A romantic chandelier lights the outdoor dining table and Panton S Style chairs, as does a set of twinkling storm lanterns and table tealights.
A half covered pergola provides areas of both light and shade around this quaint outdoor dining spot. A simple pendant light hangs at its centre.
Built-in seating can be constructed in solid concrete and dressed with cushions that are to be stowed away in winter months. The permanent seating structures can be used to create the perimeter of an outdoor room.
This covered patio design features a hanging swing seat ina natural cane finish. The flooring is a stunning geometric tile in a joyful blue colourway; orange cushions on the outdoor sofa provide a stripe of warm contrast. The fence constructed around the seating has been stained ebony black for added drama. Two decorative plates hang on the fence to make it appear like a traditional room.
This hot tub patio design incorporates two stunning tile patterns to make it a stand out space. Also note how the concrete walls have been painted a beautiful shade of blue to complement the tile colour. Pale blue pillows on the outdoor chaise add a finishing touch to the scheme.
Get your porch ready for summer parties, last-minute get-togethers, or casual hangouts with rocking chairs, ample storage, and a long table to display food and small bites. Then, set the scene by adding green garland and comfy floor pillows. Be sure to have a cooler ready to go (a wheel barrow also works!) and your favorite sangria recipe on hand.
An umbrella from a French flea market, lush greenery, and a rustic farm table help the patio of this charming California home feels like it’s in the French countryside.
Round zinc baskets from Terrain are lined with sheet moss, then filled with soil and dried angel vine, which, like a flower frog, helps hold things in place. From there, anything goes on this Connecticut home’s porch.
In the far corner of this porch, battered windows portion off a seating area and provide respite from the lakeside wind.
With ceiling fans, rocking chairs, symmetrical planters, and a loyal dog, this Texas home’s porch couldn’t be prettier.
This Tennessee home’s porch draws you in the moment you drive up.