It is such a comfort to have a place where you can relax without leaving your home. All you need is an outdoor space just a step out of your beautiful front or back door to organise your very own patio. There are a lot of ideas to choose from for its design. Try to consider your perspective of how your patio should look, and let the installers help you with the necessary materials. Also, gather suggestions from your family and friends since they are ones that you will share this place.
Draft your patio design and estimate the cost
To ensure that all elements of your dream patio will be incorporated, better start with a plan. Select the space and surface where you want to construct your patio and play with your ideas as to where everything should be placed. From there, identify the materials needed and scout for prices. Also plan for alternative materials without sacrificing your design, in case your budget is tight.
Go for fresh-looking but durable paving
Another aspect that can boost the look of your patio is its paving. Aside from the physical appeal of the chosen surface, it should also be slip-resistant, durable, and require little maintenance. There have been many innovations in paving, and more people nowadays resort to overlays with a natural look that is far different from the dull, blocky feel of concrete and paving stones. This option is called resin bound surfacing that utilises the strength of existing concrete finished with a mixture of resin and washed and dried natural aggregates that create a beautiful stony appearance that will not scatter underfoot. You can even select from the most colourful home stones to complete your DIY patio paving.
Make a landscape to remember
Beautiful background scenery gives additional flavour to patios. Having a connection with nature is the very essence of creating this place. You can maximise local materials accented with blossoming flowers, rambling vines, and blooming shrubs. You can also explore blending a variety of colours, textures, and heights for a great look. The perfect landscaping should match what you imagined for a picture-perfect patio that contributes to the character of the surrounding area.
Select your comfort furniture
Furniture also adds to the beauty of a patio. Ordinarily, furniture used in an outside area consists of tables and chairs. But there are varieties of outdoor furniture to choose from like outdoor accent tables, cushions, patio umbrellas, and even dining furniture. Your creativeness and resourcefulness will come in handy in establishing your personality in your DIY patio.
A place to make memories
A beautiful yet peaceful patio encourages the making of good memories. Whether it is simple bonding in the heat of summer, sharing of midnight snacks with your family, or a simple celebration with your loved ones, make sure that what you’ve created will have a lasting impression of beauty and provide comfort as no other place can give.
Don’t forget about a patio entertainment corner
Let’s be honest here. If you have a patio, chances are you will want to entertain your friends and family from time to time. If you have a large enough patio, you should consider buying some basic outdoor games that your guests will enjoy. For example, I have an outdoor ping pong table which is rain resistant and every time I grill with friends, either our kids are playing ping pong or even the adults try to do it (especially after a few beers!). Here’s a great list of some of the best outdoor ping pong tables you should consider checking out if you’re like me. Or consider a foosball table if you want to really up your game a notch.