5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Patio
Patios are a common addition to the garden and with spring on the doorstep, you may decide that now is the time to create the perfect patio for you. A patio makes enjoying the summer sun in the garden so much easier and nicer. But what tips do the experts have when it comes to patio-building?
TIP 1 – Purpose and size
A patio should be big enough so that whatever you plan to use it for, you have plenty of space. For example, a patio used as a dining area needs to be larger enough to accommodate an outdoor dining table and chairs, as well as diners, whether that is family or friends. But if you intend on using it for sunbathing or relaxing, then you could get away with a smaller patio.
TIP 2 – Choose the right spot for your patio
You won’t realise until your patio is in place just how much location lends itself to usability. For example, if you have little privacy when using the patio, you may not use it as much as you thought you would. Also, a patio that is in full sun all day may also not be the usable space you thought it would be. Choose a spot in the garden where you will get the best from your patio.
TIP 3 – Consider practicalities
A patio is a hard landscaped feature which means you will need to consider certain practicalities including;
- Drainage – if water is allowed to collect on the patio surface, you may find that you have an issue with flooding in your property or garden, as well as damage to the patio itself.
- Lighting – adding lighting gives you more opportunity to use the patio when the sun drops below the horizon. It can also be a welcome practical addition for other reasons too.
- Shade – adding shade with a pergola or sun sail can also make the patio more useable and functional.
TIP 4 – Budget
How much money you have to spend on the patio can be a thorny issue. There is more to laying a patio than meets the eye and so your budget will need to stretch to:
- Preparing the ground – from drainage to flatten the ground, you will need to spend time preparing the ground.
- Materials – as well as the top layer, there will also be material such as sand and cement that acts as under layers to the patio.
- Top layer – there is a range of materials from which to choose including concrete which can be stamped and coloured to look like other materials, as well as paving flags.
TIP 5 – Don’t skip professional installation
Professional installation means that all factors will be considered from drainage to lighting. The finish will also be a high standard, something you’ll appreciate every time you use the patio. A well-laid patio that ties in well with the exterior of your property could give your home the edge too when you come to sell.
With professional installation and a great design, you’ll love your new patio for years to come!