Whether used for entertaining or quiet evenings, a well thought-out patio design as an outdoor living space is as useful as any indoor room. Before you break ground and begin construction on your new patio, call the Ground Care Landscaping professionals for a free consultation on how to best layout this very important outdoor room! We have been installing patios in brick pavers and natural stone for clients throughout northern Massachusetts for years. We’ve got some good ideas for your patio too!
Here are some patio design tips that will help you in the process:
Decide how your patio will be used. Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you have a large family? How late in the season will you be using your patio? If your patio is more than aesthetic, consider providing propane gas plumbing in your design. An outdoor kitchen for entertaining and food prep is useful, and a gas fireplace can extend your patio living to enjoy warmth on cool autumn nights. Once the stone and pavers are installed, plumbing a patio with gas is virtually impossible.
Where are you most comfortable in your yard? Most often patios are installed near the kitchen or service areas of the house because it is practical. But if the back of your house is a southern exposure, it may not be comfortable in the summer. Walk around your yard and “feel” where your comfort zone is. That’s where your gathering area should be. A thoughtful patio design considers both function and comfort.
Don’t forget your access and service areas. How will guests approach your patio? Where will you grill? Will you have a table or chaise lounge chairs, or both? Is there a fire pit? Considering the entrance sequencing of any landscape design and patio layout is critical to creating a successful any outdoor living space. Place the grill away from the gathering area and a safe distance from any structure. Providing a bench wall near a fire pit or garden area will provide temporary seating for larger gatherings. Consider subtle path lighting if your patio is approached through the landscape.
We want you to enjoy your outdoor patio to the fullest. Call us today to explore the possibilities!