Garden patios are perfect spaces for entertaining guests, chilling out with a glass of wine – or just simply relaxing. With your own vision and some good ideas, you could create a fantastic garden patio that you can enjoy no matter what the season is.
With the correct design – it can not only add value to your house, but some style and variety to your garden space. The only issue is, there are so many ideas – how do you know which is the right one for you? Keep some simple points in mind – and you won’t go far wrong.
The Size and Location Must Fit in with your Home
Where you put your patio, and its size depends on the size of your garden – and how you intend to use your patio. If your garden is on the small size – then something more compact will be right up your street. If you intend on inviting some friends round for the occasional BBQ or dinner party – you will need to make sure there is room to accommodate them. Your patio doesn’t need to be intricately linked to your house. There are some good residential paving ideas that will allow you to create the perfect footpath to the patio. You also may want to think about whether the objective is to get some sun, or if you want to enjoy looking out from the shade. That’s an important factor in choosing the location.
You Can Use Kits to Save Money
You don’t need to have a patio that is completely bespoke – there are some fantastic kits out there that will look amazing. If your garden is linear – then you may want to consider a rectangular patio, if it’s a strange shape – one of the circular or rounded kits would probably work best. If you are going for the modern approach – there are many minimalist kits that you could opt for.
Make the Most of It
There’s no point doing all of this work to make your patio look amazing if it’s too cold to use for 8 months of the year. Ideally, you should be able to use your patio for at least 9 months of the year, with only the winter being too cold to use it. To achieve this, think about how you can stay warm and comfortable on colder evenings. These custom fire pits, for example, are perfect for keeping you toasty as you sit outside with a hot drink. Heat lamps also work well but be careful where you place them, whilst some form of a windbreak, like a lattice fence, will help to keep the chill off on breezy nights.
Choose the Correct Garden Furniture
If you are planning on entertaining, you will certainly need some garden furniture. It will also make the patio look much better in general. If you are going for a traditional approach, there are some beautiful ornate wrought iron options – or the wooden bench approach with some lovely soft furnishings seems to be a popular choice for now. Since the weather can be a little unpredictable – we definitely recommend you invest in some umbrellas for the rain and a parasol for the sun. Remember to protect your furniture in the winter though – most furniture can’t be left outside as it is in the colder months or it’ll suffer from frost and water damage. If you have no shed or garage, don’t worry, you can use an outdoor storage box from somewhere like Homeluf to keep your chairs and soft furnishings in, and you can use a cover to protect the table from the worst of the weather.
Pay Attention to Details
It’s the small things that will make your garden patio look extra special. You will notice that some people decorate their gardens with fairy lights, lanterns, candles etc for some extra atmosphere. There are also ground lights that you can get if entertaining is a big part of your new space.
There are so many options available that it’s hard to know where to begin – but the important thing is to make sure you design a patio that serves its purpose – and that is personal to you.