Patios. Monday , May 14th , 2018 - 10:49:23 AM
Patios are a wonderful place to spend your summer months. Choosing the size, shape, theme, exact location, and material of the patio are all things you will need to figure out. You may want to add lighting to your new patio so that you can use it during the night in the summer. The lighting should blend in well with the patio design and not look like a spotlight. You need to provide subtle lighting that highlights the features of the patio design and makes the patio more beautiful.
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.
As these solutions involve some complicated construction techniques, it is wise to consult with an experienced contractor who can advise on the various codes and regulations that will need to be met. Also, as these are raised platforms, structural issues must be taken in account. You do not want your deck or patio falling down.
Your patio ideas will start to sparkle with your choice of plants. Traditional summer bedding plants often sold by garden centres for use in hanging baskets are candidates. Pelargoniums and standard trailing geraniums in searing red really punch out from a white background. Trailing fuchsias can look stunning. But don't stop there. Add some ferns, evergreens, grasses or even a selection of succulents. Feeling crazy? Then how about some cherry tomatoes or strawberries for some random planting punctuation!
Particularly in the United Kingdom, having a water feature integrated into your decking or patio is common. This provides a focal point and in a countryside setting allows wildlife such as toads, newts and frogs to live within your garden. In conjunction with a retaining stone wall, which will allow insects to flourish, putting bird feeders on your decking will encourage local birds to visit.
Great patio ideas make for lots of enjoyable times around the barbecue with good friends. If you want to have a patio that everyone loves, you obviously have a lot of choices to make. If you make them carefully with a good vision, your patio may become one of your favorite places in your house.
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