Simone Tucker. Patios. October 01st , 2018.
Installing a roof type cover for your patio is a big commitment and of course much more expensive than buying an umbrella or awning. In many cities you will need to get a permit to build that roof patio cover as it is an extension of your house. Unfortunately, the government wants to be involved in everything we do so be sure to check that out before you spend thousands of dollars.
Like all projects, start by putting a draft plan in place first before anything else. Set aside a budget for patio renovation. Estimate the time frame to get everything done. Most importantly, draw a layout plan of your existing patio. Take down the measurements of the structure, note especially those fixtures that are not easily movable. The layout plan will serve as a guide when you scout around for outdoor patio ideas. It helps you to focus on the types of design that work for a patio of similar structure and footage.
There are many different kinds of material to consider when looking for patio ideas. The most important elements of the patio would be the colours, textures and designs used: if this works, the patio could be bare and still look inviting and comfortable. Cobbles, flagstone, tiles and cladding are all different ideas to look at, just remember to first look at their qualities before making a decision. Compare their durability, looks, textures, colours and strength.
5) Add entertainment. If you can see the stars from your patio, capitalize on that. Bring out the telescope. This will mean having at least a two foot square flat surface to set up the telescope on. Also, if you are not quite so scientific, putting the grill in an optimal place (where quests won't get ash blown on them) is certainly another form of entertainment. Or, if you are a musician, make sure you have enough outlets to support you and your friends' amps.
How about a hot tub designed to go with your patio? Again, this is not a cheap patio idea but one that will make your patio a very popular place all year long. If you want to do something like this just consult your local hot tub store and they will be able to give you some great ideas on how to incorporate the hot tub - patio design.
Patios can be made from many different types of materials. Increasingly popular is cast concrete. When polished this leaves a super-smooth surface that maintains its heat in the colder evening periods and allows the owner to walk about in bare feet in comfort. This concrete can be stained to match any color choice and this permeates the entire thickness of the concrete and so never wears out.
3) Add some warmth. Extend the season for your patio by adding a fire pit or even an outdoor heater. These also add more light and create an immediate focal point -- everyone who steps out into your backyard will know immediately where the party is. The best outdoor fires are surrounded by thick walls that radiate heat, but even a metal trash can works if that is all you've got. Don't forget the marshmallows!
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