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Great Summer Patio Ideas

May 25, 2008
Summer is coming and now is the time to start thinking about patio design ideas. With summer comes the heat and the sun so you might be interested in figuring out how to cover your patio. It is always so much nicer to be sitting in the comfortable shade than the hot sun on those sunny summer days. There are a variety of options and some are definitely cheaper than others. You can use any of these for great patio covers:

Umbrellas
Awnings
Offset Umbrellas
Gazebos
Aluminum Patio Covers
Pergolas
Sail Shades
Metal Roof
Traditional Roof
Arbors
Trees
Trellis

Some of these can be bought at your local Home Depot type shop and others you need to get custom made. Installing a roof type cover for your patio is a big commitment and of course much more expensive than buying an umbrella or awning. In many cities you will need to get a permit to build that roof patio cover as it is an extension of your house. Unfortunately, the government wants to be involved in everything we do so be sure to check that out before you spend thousands of dollars.

Most people will want to do some serious barbequing on your patio and some may go as far as installing complete outdoor kitchens. Once again, before you spend that kind of money make sure you have all the appropriate permits. Unless you are a serious do-it-yourself type person, you will probably want to consult a professional about making that kind of commitment. You may also want to consider building a grill island and these can become quite expensive. You also want to make sure that anything like this you build or install is done correctly so that it is safe.

Some more cool ideas for your summer patio include adding a fountain or waterfall to your patio design. The sound of running water is always very relaxing and this type of addition to a patio is sure to take it to the next level. In addition to adding that feeling of tranquility, a fountain or waterfall will add value to your home's price when you decide to sell. A fountain will be cheaper than a waterfall and much easier to install as well.

How about a hot tub designed to go with your patio? Again, this is not a cheap patio idea but one that will make your patio a very popular place all year long. If you want to do something like this just consult your local hot tub store and they will be able to give you some great ideas on how to incorporate the hot tub - patio design.

These are just some of the things you can do to make your patio a great place to hang out this summer. If done right, not only will you be making your home more fun but also adding value to it as well.
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