Adding a new patio to your yard – or simply redoing an old one – is a major project, one that you should approach with care. If you have no idea what kind of patio you want, or where you want to put it, or anything to do with your patio, you can certainly have a designer or contractor figure it out for you. But it’s also possible for you to come up with your own outdoor patio ideas. To help you out, here are ten outdoor patio ideas that you can either use for your next project or use to stimulate your own creativity when it comes to imagining and designing your patio. More comprehensive discussions of materials related to patios – such as articles on patio pavers and general patio paving information – can be found at those links.
- While you are coming up with patio design ideas, don’t ignore the other projects you can build with your patio. For instance, you can connect your patio to your home with new patio steps (made out of the same materials as the patio). You can also create walkways, pool decks, driveways, and other installations, all out of the same or other materials. This is a good idea for two reasons. First, you’ll save money if you install all those project at the same time than if you install them separately. Second, you’ll ensure that all your projects have the same design theme, style, and material.
- Of course, the most common materials – concrete – are tried and true, but don’t forget about the other materials options available. If your budget can handle it, we strongly encourage you to use patio pavers. You can find enough colors, patterns, and styles that you’ll be sure to create a design that will go with your general decor. If your heart is set on concrete, you should look into other decorative concrete options, such as stamped, colored, and stained concrete. You could also cover your concrete patio with thin concrete pavers or outdoor patio tile to provide the facade of a paver installation without the expense.
- Aside from concrete pavers, don’t forget other paver materials too for your outdoor patio, such as brick pavers and natural stone pavers. These are more expensive than concrete pavers and other materials, but they are beautiful to look at and go well with nearly any decorating taste.
- If you have no skills or willingness to install your projects, you can find plenty of contractors who can do the job for you. However, consider the possibilities, both aesthetic and financial, of doing it yourself. A DIY patio can save you money and ensure that your application turns out how you like. Use pictures for reference as necessary, and do your research to learn how to install your project. For instance, you can read about paver installation here.
- As with everything in life, it’s all about location, location, location. Of course, a backyard patio close to your house, or even adjacent to it, is a great option. But think about other places you can put your patio, or consider installing more than one patio, all with different uses. For instance, you can have one patio near your home for entertaining, and another garden patio for relaxation and for work on your landscaping.
- If you’re installing a new patio, the size of the new project is up to you, of course. This is also true if you’re installing a new patio in place of an old one – consider experimenting with different sized patios. For instance, you can create one large patio, as per normal, or you can create a series of small patios, perhaps connected by walkways and/or landscaping.
- If you are using your patio for entertaining, consider the ways you can maximize its utility. You can install a barbecue or fire pit; then it’s easy to cook food and have a BBQ without having to pull out the Weber grill. If you will be entertaining guests at night, try outdoor patio lighting to ensure that your guests will be bathed in light.
- Ultimately, the dimensions and design of your patio will depend on what you want to use it for. Make sure that the patio will fit all the accessories and people you want to put there. Make sure to measure out your gear to make sure that it will all be able to fit on the new patio with enough room.
- Of course, if you want to be able to use your patio year round, consider enclosing it. You can go as far or as close to an ‘outdoor room’ as you’d like. For instance, you can put a retractable roof on it if you want to get some sun occasionally; or you can enclose your patio with mesh, screen, windows, or even walls. You can then make your patio more of an extension on your home, perhaps adding a kitchen or entertainment area. Click this link for more information on enclosed patios.
- Once your patio is installed, don’t forget the furniture. You can really go wild here – of course, you’ll need some good patio sets with tables and chairs, but you can also add extras depending on the size of the project, such as a bar or hot tub.
BONUS: Here are some other accessories you can add to your patio: umbrella, hammock, torches and other lamps, benches, walls, planters and other landscaping features, fireplace, fountains, statues, and waterfalls.