To add character and function to your backyard, design and build a unique patio. With your family’s style, needs and space in mind, a professional contractor of patios will truly take your yard from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Decide on the optimum patio size first. Take into consideration your grade, but don’t let that stifle your imagination. Often retaining walls can be incorporated into patio designs to add usable space in your yard. Looking for different levels of patios? Wide stone steps can direct traffic to and from various paved or stone areas in your yard.
Once you’ve decided on a basic size, consider materials. Are you looking for an old world style? Flagstone and bluestone look gorgeous and the odd shapes lend an aged look to even the newest patios. If contemporary is more your taste, there is an array of choices with interlocking patio stones that can be laid in almost any pattern. Mix and match colors to accentuate patterns and shapes. Think about having a complimentary border around your main patio – grey paver stones with a red stoned border for example. The combinations are almost limitless. Look at your brick or exterior finish to find a patio product that matches or compliments.
Think about the recreational activities your family partakes of in the backyard. designs can accommodate plenty of traffic, but the way your family uses the space should be taken into account. If you frequently entertain, a larger patio with space for the barbeque and even built in seating may be appropriate. A pool will become an intricate part of any patio design and can often dictate what type of materials and shape you end up with.
Experiment with shapes. Patios have the unique ability of being designed with a free flowing shape. Because they are laid onto the ground and not on a frame (such as a deck), patios can incorporate many different forms into one design. Have a rectangular spot for utility beside an oval or kidney shaped patio. Consider connecting circles into the edges of a square patio to provide interest and a geometric feel. Circular patterns can fit right into larger patio designs, as accents or as alcoves.
Remember that for ease of installation, curves should have a specific radius. That is, each curve should be a specific distance from one point – but various curves can be connected together to form a shape. Sweeping lines add a natural feeling.
Take the time to dream and plan for a truly unique patio design. Consider seating and recreation needs, as well as shape, size and materials. For a professional in the Chicagoland suburban area, Contact Seasonal Landscape Solutions for further information.
July article 2014