There are many reasons homeowners opt to build a patio or deck. Designs are a beautiful way to enjoy the great outdoors throughout the year, and they can be a great place to host parties, backyard barbecues and even your son or daughters wedding.
Building a patio to be proud of is well within the skill level of most homeowners, and there are many designs to choose from, both for brick patios and concrete patios.
What is the first step?
When looking at designs, the most important thing is to measure the area where the new patio will be placed. Getting accurate measurements up front is the best way to ensure that your designs will be adequate for your needs. The old adage to measure twice and cut once definitely applies to designs.
When designing your new patio, remember that a rectangular design will be easier to work with than a curving one. Many people like the curved designs, but keep in mind that it will be more difficult to build such a design.
What is the best type of patio – brick or concrete?
The best types are those that best meet your own specific needs and skill level. Those homeowners who have experience working with concrete may be more comfortable using concrete. On the other hand, those who are comfortable working with brick may want to opt for a brick patio.
It is also important to match the patio to the overall design of the home itself. Those homeowners with beautiful brick homes may want to compliment the brickwork on the home by building a brick patio. Those whose home is stucco may find a concrete provides a better fit.
How do I prepare my area for a patio?
Start by thoroughly reading your patio designs and other instructional materials. After you understand exactly what needs to be done, the next step is to dig out the area to a depth of 8″. The ideal floor should slope away from the home to ensure proper drainage. If using rectangular designs, be sure that the four sides are of equal length.
If using brick for your patio designs, the next step is to do a test run to check your measurements. Lay out the bricks in the excavated area and be sure that the measurements are correct. This trial run allows you to test your measurements before you actually begin.
After the measurements have been proven, it is time to lay the bricks or pour the concrete. The designs and instructions you receive with your kit should provide detailed instructions for the installation. If you are unclear about anything, be sure to ask for clarification.
How can I dress up my patio?
After the patio designs have been implemented and it is in place, the next step is to make it a warm and inviting place to be. One of the easiest, fastest and least expensive way to dress it up is to add lush tropical foliage. The addition of a few potted palms around the exterior of the patio can do wonders to make the space more livable.
Other tropical touches are great as well. Some hanging lights and other accessories are popular ways to make your patio a special place to be for yourself and your family and friends. And of course a great set of patio furniture is the perfect finishing touch.