Some homeowners opt for a simple, small patio to accommodate a table and chairs. Others design entire outdoor living areas with multiple levels, a fireplace, a cooking area and a roof covering. Whether you want a small-scale patio or an outdoor oasis, installing a patio is a great way to add function, beauty, and value to your home.
As more homeowners choose to create or improve outdoor living areas, some of the current trends are:
- Adding a head covering like a pergola or roof. A structure that adds overhead coverage makes the space feel more like a room and can help to filter sunlight (with a pergola) or provide complete shade and protection from rain or snow (with a roof).
- Incorporating a fire pit or fireplace. A fire pit is a great element to add to a patio, as they enhance entertaining in a casual way. Who doesn't love chatting into the night around a fire or roasting marshmallows with kids? A fire outdoors can also help repel insects. Full fireplaces are also becoming more common outdoors. They ground an otherwise open outdoor living area and create a beautiful and functional focal point.
- Using multiple levels. Having a tiered patio allows homeowners to have different, defined spaces for distinct uses. One area might have a fire pit with built-in bench seating, another area may have seating for outdoor dining, another area may be more of an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill, counter top and refrigerator.
If you're considering installing a patio, take a look at photos on the internet for some inspiration. Make a list of what elements you'd like to incorporate in your outdoor living space. Then reach out to a landscape contractor. An experienced landscape contractor will help you with your design and be able to tell you more about what type of patio might work best given the unique characteristics of your property. Sunlight/shade, water drainage, lot size and shape, are all considerations in planning, designing and installing a patio. A hardscape patio really is the bones of your entire property's landscape. Take time to consider what might work for you as far as function, personal taste and - of course- your budget.
Give us a call at Nice and Green Landscape to learn more about installing a patio at your home: 774-259-9998.