When designing a new patio for your garden, it is worth considering at least three things:
For the most functional patio design you need to think about what is the purpose of it and how often will you use it. Are you only going to sit there on sunny days, will you be using it for family picnics or other events, maybe you just want a quiet private corner for relaxing and reading.
Many patios are initially badly designed and oversized because people are not realistic with their wishes. The result is badly maintained patio with unused areas that end up being storage spaces. So be sure to take all that into consideration. It is also worth considering of hiring a professional landscape designer to avoid any design failures or building mistakes when executing the wanted design.
What materials will you use depends both on your personal preferences as well as on the whole house design followed by climate conditions. You can choose from:
- other artificial materials (recycled materials etc.)
Many people like to enjoy their patio, but having no time maintaining it. This is why you should think well, before you decide for the size and materials used. For example wood needs more maintenance compared to stone for sure. But stone tiles can also get covered with moss if you have a shady garden and lots of moisture.
Think about what kind of plants do you want to include on your patio. Where do you want them placed. Will they be planted in pots, or directly at the patio borders. Who will take care of the plants if they overgrow the patio border.
The functionality of our patio should always be the top priority as we must remember that form follows function. Therefore think what shapes are suitable for the area where you want your patio to be located. If it’s directly connected to the house maybe you would want to consider rectangular concept and if the patio is located in the middle of your garden, you can play with organic shapes. Again remember, sharp corners and strange shapes will most likely end as storage spaces and we don’t want to have random things lying around.
Patio serves as a logical extension of the house, so its placement is very important and it usually dictates the future role of the patio in your everyday life. Just a slight detail of having to put your shoes on or not to access your patio can make a big difference.
Below we are illustrating some patio designs with furniture etc so you get some ideas for your own home:
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