There are many factors to consider when planning the perfect patio for your yard: location, materials, how it will fit in with the landscape, and if it will enhance or interfere with lawn care. While all the options can seem overwhelming, there are a few guidelines that can make the process easier. Use the tips below to get the most out of your project.
3 Tips for Adding a Patio to Your Property
1. Consider Purpose & Location
First, determine the desired function. Will it be a kid’s playground or a family dining environment? Most are built directly off the house to add extra living space. If you plan to entertain outdoors often, make sure the kitchen is close by so you can carry dishes to and fro easily. If you’re adding a hot tub or swimming pool as well, pick an area that receives ample sunlight and is accessible to a mudroom or changing area. Keep in mind your lawn care needs, too; trees or shrubs may need to be moved to accommodate the perfect placement.
2. Pick Size & Shape
The dimensions of your patio will depend on how much room you have to work with, the scale of your home, and the furniture or features you hope to add. If you have a smaller home and just want a quiet outdoor area to read the morning paper or unwind after work, you may only need a patio of about 6 by 10 feet. If you have a sprawling lawn, a large house, and plan to host events with 20 or more guests, you’ll likely need more square footage. You don’t have to stick to a standard rectangle; round or freeform styles can also be visually pleasing.
3. Select Materials
There are many options available for this aspect of your design. Concrete is a durable and cost-effective choice that can be stamped, tinted, or inlaid with other materials like mosaic tiles or pebbles. Pavers come in every shape from squares to hexagons and can be arranged in lovely patterns like herringbone or basketweave. Flagstones offer a rougher, more organic appearance. If your patio will be adjacent to an area of your lawn with uneven terrain, have a professional build a retaining wall from a material that matches the base.
If you want to upgrade your existing patio or are looking to install a new one, contact the experts at T & L Tree and Landscape in Macedon, NY. Their lawn care and landscaping services include pruning, tree and stump removal, regrading, hardscaping, and water feature installation. Visit the team online to learn more about their lawn care services or call the Monroe County, NY, office at (585) 223-3190 to request general or emergency tree care services.