America is a nation of sweeping patios. In 2010, 45% of new homes had patios. That number grew to 61.4% in 2020.
One reason for the boom in patios is the versatility of paver patios. You have a wide range of paver patio designs to choose from, and you can modify each design depending on your needs. But to get the most out of your patio, you need to do some studying.
What are the most common patio designs? What are some bold designs or choices for hills? How should you add fire and water features to your patio?
Answer these questions and you can design your perfect backyard in no time. Here are eight design ideas to consider.
1. Make a Grid of Stones
A grid is a simple and tasteful paver patio design. You can place rectangular stones next to each other, juxtaposing different colors and textures.
To make a grid effective, you should look at a few kinds of stones. Flagstones usually work best, but you can install brick paver patios in grid designs, using a few colors and styles of bricks.
2. Design a Circular Patio
A circular design is another simple and classic design. A circular patio works well if you are trying to create a zen space or a garden around your patio.
You can place the patio in the middle of your backyard to create a sense of symmetry. But you can also move it to a corner or side of the yard for easy access. You can make a pebble border around your patio to call attention to its shape and clash its textures with the surroundings.
3. Create a Pathway to Your Paver Patio
A pathway can call attention to your patio and make it easier to get to it. If you want a very simple pathway, you can put some stones on your grass leading away from your back door.
But if you have the time and the right landscape, you should try putting a stairway leading to your patio. A sloping stairway with gentle curves can add a whimsical aesthetic to your landscape, especially if your patio is at the bottom of a hill. Make sure to contact a landscaping company so you install your staircase properly.
If mobility is a challenge for you, you can install a basic staircase with railings. The steps can be made of any material you like, though you should select a different material than the ones on your outdoor patio. This will create a visual clash that will prevent your home renovations from looking boring.
4. Put Your Patio Under a Pergola
A pergola is a partial roof that goes over your patio. It provides enough sunlight to allow you to grow plants while also offering some shady spots. You should look at a few different pergola plans before selecting one for your patio.
You can find a pergola made of wood, including ones made with cedar. If you want more structural support, you can get a pergola with steel or shingles. You can also add a canopy over the top so you can block the rain or hail.
You do not have to put your entire patio under the pergola. You can leave one part open to the air, which gives you space to sunbathe or hang up laundry.
5. Light a Fire
Many people like to add a fire pit to their yard as a part of home remodeling. You can put a fire pit in the middle of your patio and then set chairs around it. You can roast marshmallows in your fire, or you can sit and keep warm from it.
If you want to free up your patio for different occasions, you can put a fire pit off to the side. You can also set up a fireplace next to your patio, which you can use to cook meals.
6. Add Water Features
When you want to do something a little different, you can add a water feature to your patio. A backyard waterfall can create a natural aesthetic and add soft and pleasant noises to your yard. If you don’t have the space for a waterfall, you can install a fountain or stream.
Be careful with bodies of still water. Mosquitoes and insects like to lay their eggs in pools, and birds may take a bath in them. You should put a little distance between your patio and the feature so you don’t get bitten.
7. Install Seats
You can put any type of chair on your patio, as long as the legs do not scratch the stone. To protect your patio, you can install a scratch-resistant coating over the top.
But chairs can be a distraction from the stone and natural environment. You can add a low wall to your patio, on which your guests can sit or place their items. This makes the seating seem more natural and creates a barrier to your space.
8. Bring in Some Plants
You can add any plants you want to your patio. Try to pick ones with bright colors that stand out against your stones.
When in doubt, you can grow tall grass along the sides. But you can also try flowers, herbs, and trees. Trees are a good choice if you want to add some shade and protect part of your patio from the elements.
Examine the Best Paver Patio Designs
Paver patio designs can mean a lot of different things. Basic designs include making grids of bricks or circles out of different stones. If you want to make your patio bold, you can install a pathway or pergola.
A fire pit can bring warmth to your patio while a water feature can add soft noises. You can add chairs, or you can install a low wall for seating. You can also plant grass and flowers around the stones.
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