Patio Design Ideas
Take time over your patio design ideas because it is the most
important part of your patio build.
Even if you are having your patio built by a builder
you should design it yourself. You want the patio to be perfect for your
needs and not what your builder thinks you need!
Things to consider before you start your patio
You have probably already decided what your patio will
be used for - entertaining, somewhere to retreat etc. What your patio
will be used for will dictate where it is going but remember it doesn't
have to butt up to your home. If all day sun is your thing, a patio in
the middle of a lawn or flower bed could be worth considering.
The choice of pavers
available are endless. Concrete pavers come with different patterns
imprinted on the face. Brick pavers,
flagstones, cobblestones, tile and even slate all create their own
unique look and texture. You will need to make your choice of paver
before completing the final design of your patio.
Do the first outline sketches while you are looking at
where your patio will be as its much easier to draw.
Use lines and pegs to mark out the border of your
proposed patio. One great technique is to choose and buy your outdoor
furniture, BBQ etc. and place it out where it will go once the patio is
done. Get all the family outside to try the furniture. Is the patio
going to be big enough?
When you are happy with the outline of your patio, do a
drawing. Include all the measurements of both your yard and the patio.
That way you can see what it looks like to scale.
are building the patio yourself its a good idea to have your final
measurements to suit your chosen patio slabs to avoid having to do any