Creative outdoor spaces, such as patios and porches, are excellent ways to create relaxing living spaces in both big and small areas. Patios also elevate a basic backyard into an entertainment destination spot, perfect for family and friends to gather. Outdoor living spaces can have a variety of elements that enhance and define a space making it seem bigger, inviting and comfortable. Let’s discuss some ways to design a patio that gives you the perfect outdoor entertaining space for a variety of seasons.
What do you want your patio to do?
Patios can create a comfortable and inviting space for you to enjoy spring, summer and fall. But what do you want it to do? Make your backyard feel bigger? Entertain? Create an outdoor living room? Do you want it covered for more versatility? Do you want an inviting patio for your front yard?
There are a lot of options when creating a patio. Define what your goals are so that as you talk with your landscape professional you can be on the same page. Make sure you are clear about your goals and what you will use your patio for so that you and your landscaper can decide how to create the perfect space for your needs and desires.
What is your style?
Do you like a more modern feel or are you more vintage farmhouse? Rustic cabin or California bungalow? Beach house or lake house? You want your patio and outdoor space to reflect who you are so picking the right elements and design will be key in creating a space that you want to live and entertain in.
Decide what elements reflect your personal style and plan what furniture and pops of color you will bring in before you put in your patio. Your personalized space can be fun and creative so talk with your landscaper about the things you love. A good landscape professional will have a lot of ideas about which style will complement your home the best and how to bring in the design features you love. Also consider how a style will hold up over the years and how much effort it will take to maintain your outdoor space. Be inspired by some of these patios.
Do you have unusual elements in your yard?
Do you have a hill, a small space, a view or other unique features that you want to be considered and incorporated into your patio design? Decide what you like or don’t like about your space and which features you would like to enhance. Stone retaining walls set against a hill can be designed to create sitting space and coziness. A patio overlooking a view can be positioned to take advantage of the best sunsets. A small space can be designed to create the illusion of being bigger.
Do you want a water feature or a fireplace incorporated into your patio?
When done well both water and fire can both bring an extra element of usability and enjoyment to a space. A fireplace can help a space be useable for cooler seasons and provide a place for people to relax once the sun goes down. The sound of water can help cover traffic noises and attracts birds and other wildlife that makes your yard a vibrant place you want to spend time in.