Katharine Miranda. Patios. October 02nd , 2018.
1) Light the way. The most basic part of the night patio is light. White Christmas string lights are a great solution, and there are also lots of unusual string lights, or bistro lights if you want something different. Don't forget candles, either, though you'll need tall candle holders to protect them from even a bit of breeze. You do not need so much light that you can read out on the patio, but you do want to be able to see well enough to recognize people, and to make sure your visitors can see where to walk safely. If your patio is at the end of a walkway, that means investing in some good solar path lights.
Build a series of patio places that will be put to use almost all year around with the use of patio gazebos. A patio gazebo can create drama not to mention shelter from occasional rain showers and also the unhealthy rays of the sun. A slate pathway directing visitors to a patio gazebo with potted plants surrounding it provides a beautiful environment for open-air dining.
When choosing from these hundreds of patio ideas it is vital of course to take your lifestyle, and that of your family, into account. People use their patios for many different purposes, from formal entertaining to simply relaxing. It is important to consider what the primary purpose of the patio will be, and to tailor your patio ideas to that use.
Patio ideas that include some kind of water feature may enhance any outside living space into a private paradise. The small-scale water feature can create a soothing mood as well as turn into the focal point of one's patio design. The trickling noises of the water are calming. Additionally they bring in birds and butterflies of countless types. A ornamental fountain could be hidden into a nook, constructed into a wall or put into the middle of the patio.
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.
So if most of the time you have to spend in your patio is going to be at night, it only makes sense to design the patio so its a great place to be at night. This means you'll do things a bit differently than if you were designing it for the day, though almost all of these ideas work perfectly well for daytime use.
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.
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