When those long summer days come around, it’s a blessing to have a place to sit out in the garden. A place where you can put comfortable furniture and enjoy nature and fresh air.
This kind of place can only be a patio. The definition of a patio goes something like this: usually, a paved area that can be adapted to outdoor living situated directly on the ground, which can either be attached or detached from a house.
So, now that we know what you need, we can talk about all the things you need to know before starting to build a patio in your backyard.
1. What will a patio be used for?
We mentioned above that patio can be adapted to outdoor living, however, that’s not the only thing the patio can be used for. Knowing exactly what will the patio space be used for, can help you make other decisions such as size, location, materials, and so on.
In addition to outdoor living that includes dining, lounging, entertaining, and other similar activities, a patio space can also be used as a recreation area. This implies that a patio can be used as a basketball or volleyball court, space for table tennis, a place for an outdoor playground, and so on.
Another thing to consider is how many people you want to be able to fit onto the patio space, and knowing this will help you settle for the size of the patio.
2. Patio location
Once you know the purpose of the patio you can choose a location. A patio can be either attached or detached from the house, but the location will also depend on the size of your lot. On a smaller lot, you do what you can with what you have – meaning you have to place it where you can.
On a larger lot, you can choose where to put the patio. If you’re not sure, hire a designer to help you out. Try to go for the flattest area in your backyard, or a place that has a great view.
3. Size and shape
Size is the next thing you should consider and it’s equally important as the location. Again, on a smaller lot, you don’t have much choice. But on a larger one, you can play around with the size.
The size will, again, depend on the number of people you expect to entertain on your patio.
The other thing that kind of goes hand in hand with the size is the shape of the patio space. Generally, people like to settle for the rectangular or square patio shape, but this is not a rule and you don’t have to go down this road.
You can opt for an asymmetrical shape, with curved edges, something that will give your backyard a more organic and natural feel.
Your budget will dictate the type of materials you choose for your patio. You can choose materials that match the rest of your house, or you can go in a completely different direction. However, keep in mind that the longevity, durability, and ease of maintenance of the patio will largely depend on the kind of materials you choose.
You can choose between bricks, stone, concrete, pavers, porcelain, and other similar materials. If you have trouble choosing the best option, try consulting with a patio designer.
5. To cover or not to cover?
Another decision that should be made is whether or not to cover your patio. Having a covered patio space gives you much more flexibility and extends your outdoor time. With a covered patio, you won’t have to worry about elements. You’ll be shaded from the sun, protected from rain and wind, and all this will maximize the time you spend outdoors.
The best thing about covering a patio space is that you have different options. You can choose how closed you want your patio to be. You can choose a pergola roof, retractable roof, glass or polycarbonate roof, aluminum, colorbond, fabric roof, and so on.
6. To DIY or to hire a pro?
This will significantly depend on your skills. If you have a smaller backyard, and you think you have enough skills to build the patio yourself, why not DIY it? There are tons of videos on building a patio, so just go for it.
On the other hand, if you lack the skills or your lot is just too big, the best idea would be to hire professionals who know exactly what they’re doing and who can have the patio done in no time.
When building a patio, consider the upkeep of it as well. Usually, people like to make their patios as low maintenance as possible.
What kind of patio is low maintenance? A patio that requires an occasional sweep and hosing down with water. To build a low-maintenance patio, you’ll need to select the right kind of materials and have them installed properly.
And that’s all you need to know about a patio before you start building it. Consider all these things and only once you have a solid plan, move on to build a patio.