Patios are the perfect way of integrating the outdoors with the indoors. Patio designs can range from the simple to the complex depending on your tastes and budget. With a little bit of creative ingenuity, you can turn your patio into a place of fun, relaxation, and enjoyment in the company of friends and family as well. Or else it can be your own little piece of solitude.
The first thing to ponder about would be what exactly you want to put in on your patio. Once this is decided, you can proceed with the rest of your project. Sketching a design on paper and listing out the required materials will help you plan better. Your contractor can help you with this.
An Outdoor Kitchen
Do you like to cook or entertain friends with lunch or dinner, then consider converting your patio into an outdoor kitchen? You can put in a grill or even cooking range depending on your budget. A small refrigerator or in built cooler can be a nice addition. If you live in a cool climate, think about putting in a small fireplace for warm, cozy, evenings by the fire.
A Water Retreat
Putting in a pool or a fountain is yet another way of redecorating your patio. The type of water body you choose will depend on the available space and resources at your disposal. A pool with loungers and huge umbrellas can bring the beach to your home on a hot summer day. A spa can also be incorporated along with your pool. If this is not within your means, a small waterfall cascading over rocks is another idea. This will give an elegant touch to your property and turn into a focal point for visitors.
A Paved Patio
You can choose to put in concrete pavers of different shapes, sizes, and colors or use other materials such as cobblestone, brick, tile, and granite depending on the kind of look you are attempting. Besides traditional shapes, pavers are also found in free form designs. Interlocking pavers are ideal for places with a lot of sand or one which sees a lot of foot traffic.
Create A Mosaic
Using tiles to create interesting mosaics can give your patio a distinct look and feel. Mosaics can also be created with colorful glass, ceramics, and different curios. If doing a large mosaic, do it in segments so it is easier to put together.
There are numerous possibilities with a patio and these are just a few of them. A little creativity and imagination can go a long way in changing the look of your yard. The expense involved can be none or as high as you want depending on your predilections and what you can afford. The only limitation is the human imagination and it does not seem that point has been reached.