What patio is right for your backyard?

A hardscape patio with a table and chairs placed next to a fire pit

A patio is a great space to host and entertain guests, unwind on cool evenings and create lifelong memories. Here’s what you should consider before installing a patio.

Consider the purpose

What are you going to use your patio for? Are you going to throw a lot of parties outside or use it as a family space? Do you want a patio as a space to put an outdoor dining set or do you want a fire pit to create the perfect s’more? Before you start building, considering things like fire pits, built-in seating, even outdoor kitchen space is essential for the road map to your dream patio.

Determine the location

You also need to decide if your new patio will be a gathering place or a getaway place.   Gathering place patios should be accessible to a kitchen or grill. Conversely, getaway patios can be at the back of the property. In order to determine the best location for your patio, walk around your property and look at your current landscaping to see how you can include that in your new space.

Determine the size

The design of your new patio should be proportionate to the size of your house and backyard. It can be as wide as the house and as long as the house’s height. You can also determine the size by matching it to the size of an indoor room, such as the kitchen or dining room.

Think about the shape

There are three basic design styles for patios. The three styles are symmetrical to the house, asymmetrical (geometric and modern looking), and curvy, which flows with nature. Pick an option that matches the characteristics of your personality. For example, if you are more creative, go with the curvy patio style.

Picking the right materials for your patio

Make sure you pick the right colors that match your siding and outdoor space. The most popular type of patio is natural minerals and natural stone. Concrete is a lower-cost option that pairs well with pavers. You want to create a cohesive space that ties in with your indoor living space

Add that extra pop

The patio may be the star of your backyard but you’ll want to stylize with plants, mulch, and stones. Adding the right flowers and plants can give your new patio that extra pop that will impress any guest.

The experts at Hometown Landscape can help you through every phase listed above. They will find the best plans for your new patio and even install it for you! If you have any questions about any of these steps, contact us today!