How to Choose a Patio Design to Compliment Your Yard

How to Choose a Patio Design to Compliment Your Yard

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

A patio is the perfect addition to any type of outdoor space, and patio designs are as varietal as landscaping, itself. No matter what type of size of home you have, there is a perfect patio to compliment it – it’s just a matter of envisioning it and bringing that vision to life. You must start with a plan, and that means deciding on your patio’s features. Need some guidance? Here are some pointers for how to choose a patio design to compliment your yard:

Function. The best place to start when planning your patio is to consider its function. What do you want to use your patio for? Will it be a gathering place, where you’ll barbecue and serve your guests at a massive dining table, or will it be more of a private space, where you can quietly rock in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee as you watch the sun rise? Also, do you want a covered patio, or do you prefer at least some space in the sun (for sunbathing and such)? Your patio’s function will largely determine the size, layout, and architectural features (roof style, for example) of your patio.

Location. Once you have figured out what you want to accomplish regarding the functionality of your patio, it is a good idea to figure out where to put it. It is a good idea to make your patio accessible from the inside of your home, in a place that is convenient in terms of traffic flow and purpose. For example, if you plan on cooking on your patio, then you should consider attaching it to the kitchen area; if your patio is for socializing, then you might want to make it an extension of your family room area.

Landscape features. Look around your outdoor space and choose the features that you feel are the most welcoming. If you have a large shade tree, a garden, a pond, and/or a pool, then you can take full advantage of these features by designing your patio space around them. In this way, your patio design will be truly unique and suited to your home.

Aesthetics. Now that you’ve put some thought into the practical aspects of patio design, it’s time to think about aesthetics. The best way to choose a “style” for your patio (building materials, shape, architectural features, etc.) is to simply look at your home. Your patio should compliment your home – ideally, it should appear to be a natural extension – so draw from the aesthetic features of your home to fill out the aesthetic features of your patio design.

As you can see, a lot goes into creating a patio design that is just right for you and your needs. Designing a patio can be fun, if you approach it the right way, and this article is a great start.

About the Author: Jeffry Bumpas is working with an Orange County turf installation specialist to fix some of the dead areas in his yard. Then they’re going to address building a stunning tiled patio after the winter months have passed.