When it comes to housing renovations, patios are a popular choice. They are a great way to spruce up a garden and make it the perfect location for a party, gathering or a BBQ. You will have somewhere to put a hot tub or outdoor furniture, and a patio is likely to encourage you and your family to use that garden more often. Additionally, a patio can increase the value of your home, should you wish to sell in the future.
At Heritage Builders, our commercial builders in Leicester can help you make that dream patio a reality. If you’re thinking of adding a patio to your home, there are a few things to consider. Here are some of the aspects to take into consideration when thinking about getting that patio installed in your home.
Patios can be used for a number of different purposes and they provide numerous benefits to the homeowners. However, the size of your patio is one of the first and most important aspects to consider. You may be restricted by the size of your garden, but you will also need to think about how you plan to use the patio and whether the size you’ve chosen is sufficient for that purpose.
If you just want a cosy space for two, your patio can be considerably smaller than a dining area for a family or for entertaining purposes. Choosing too big a patio can look terrible when its not in use if you’ve just got a couple of lounge chairs on it. A good tip is to choose the furniture first so that you can get a good visual idea of how big the patio needs to be. If you’re planning on having a six-seat table and chair set, you will need a paved area big enough to place these whilst also providing sufficient space for comfortable access.
Style is a personal preference for every individual and this is reflected in the way you choose to decorate and design your home. A patio is no exception; in fact, it’s important to ensure that your patio style matches your home and garden, so that it doesn’t look out of place.
The materials you use for the patio should also reflect the style of your house and garden. Get some samples of paving materials to try them out and see how they look before you commit to choosing a style. Paving stones should not steal the attention away from the plant life, but rather enhance it. So, avoid bold, overly patterned paving stones that run the risk of making your garden look too busy.
Your patio will need to complement any other surfaces and the plants. Avoid hard edges as these will only emphasise that the patio was not always there. A transitional edge looks more aesthetically pleasing and will serve to make the plants look more like they’ve been incorporated into the design of the patio, rather than the other way around.
Where your patio is going to be placed in the garden is a fundamental design choice. They are typically positioned close to the house so that the occupants can step out straight onto them on a summer afternoon. This kind of placement is a good idea, so the patio can be used after it’s been raining without anyone having to cross over wet or muddy grass. It also makes it perfect for entertaining, as guests can step straight outside from the house for some fresh air without needing to worry about stepping on the grass.
Shade is also something to take into consideration. If you have a large tree that blocks out the sunshine most of the day in your garden, it might be a good idea to consider chopping it down or trimming it back so that it won’t prevent the sun from reaching the space where you want to set up your patio.
Like any aspect of home design, your budget is important. You need to have an idea of what you’re going to spend, and plan carefully to ensure you don’t go over this budget by keeping track of your purchases throughout the construction process. You should thoroughly discuss the costs with your contractor and have them talk you through the process. They will work with you and your budget and should help you through the process from design to completion.