Patio Tips and Things to Know
If you enjoy the outdoors, adding a patio is a perfect way to expand the usability of your home. During the warmer spring, summer and fall seasons a patio becomes another room of your house. Whether you like to sit outside and read, listen to music while getting some sunshine, visit with family and friends or host big outdoor parties, a new or updated patio is the perfect addition to your home.
There are numerable benefits to having a well-planned and installed patio:
- Expands the use space of your home, effectively adding another room
- Increases the curb appeal and value of your property
- Provides a comfortable place to relax and be outside
- Offers an entertainment area, for casual get-togethers, barbecues, or more formally planned parties
Planning Your Patio
Thinking of adding a patio to your home is exciting! A patio is, however, an investment, and you want to make sure you’ve considered several factors that will impact how much you enjoy it. First off, talk to an expert (such as Midwest Turf & Landscape) who can help guide your decision-making process. Alternatively, chat with neighbors or friends who already have patios, and find out what they like or dislike about their current set-up.
Once you have a general idea of what your patio should include, consider the following important things before installing your patio.
1. Patio Use
What do you want to do with your patio? How many people will use it regularly, and how big will it have to be for special occasions? Is it an entertainment area, or more of a secluded relaxation spot? Would you like to have an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit to keep you warm in the evenings, or a water feature such as a fountain or reservoir to enhance the peacefulness of your patio? The planned use of your patio is a big factor in the design of your patio.
2. Patio Size
How much space do you need for entertaining or relaxing? What amount of furniture do you plan to have, and how big are the pieces? Do you have additional features, like a fire pit, planned? The amount of space dedicated to your patio will be influenced by how you plan to use it, but also by how much of your current backyard you wish to take up with the patio.
3. Access and Convenience
How will you get to your patio from your house? Do you need direct access to your kitchen for easily transporting food and drink, or will it be an extension of your bedroom? Do you have other backyard features like gazebos, hot tubs, or a pool and how can you or your guest reach them from the patio? Walk around the area you think you want to place the patio, and consider entry and exit points.
4. Seating and Comfort
What type of furniture do you envision using here? Do you prefer big, comfy lounge chairs and a couple of side tables, or will you need a dining table? Then factor in the space needed to walk comfortably around on your patio without bumping into your furniture.
5. Location and Weather
Would you like to have a lot of sun on your patio, or do you prefer a shadier spot? How windy does it get in your backyard, and do you need to place the patio in a location that has a windbreak? Will you use the patio all day, or only in the morning or late afternoon or evening, and will the sun be shining directly into your eyes during those times? Do you have trees or other plants that will drop leaves or debris on your patio? How the sun, wind, and other climate elements affect your patio can impact how much enjoyment you get out of it. Test the location prior to design and installation by observing the sun and weather for a couple days to understand these effects prior to determining your patio’s location
Your Patio Design and Installation Experts
Midwest Turf & Landscape is your local expert in new and upgraded patios. We have been installing them since 2006. Call or contact us today, and we will take the worry and effort of adding a patio out of your hands.