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Easy Outdoor Patio Ideas

Jul 2, 2008
Sitting in a beautifully designed patio can stir the imagination. You will want to create your own outdoor space from which to appreciate a warm and pleasant afternoon or the beautiful seasonal plants arranged along the edge of one side. There is nothing more relaxing than hearing the gentle trickle of a natural or man made water feature. These items can all be created for your backyard at minimal cost and without the expense of a contractor.

To save time and money make use materials and structures found around your home. You may have an exiting wood patio cover that may just need a bit of paint or a little sanding and staining. An old wood deck may need to be replaced with a long lasting concrete slab. Raising the patio floor to the same level as the entrance to your home can make it seem like an extension and create a better transition from inside to the outside.

Building The Patio To Suit Your Needs

Depending on the layout and size of the house and the contour of the surrounding grounds, a patio should be made large enough to be useful and in my opinion the larger the better.. Some patios are made too small to be of any use although some homeowners do have restricted space to work with, in which case a small patio would be better than no patio.

If you have a swimming pool you may need a changing room and a place to store towels and pool supplies. A small five foot square pool house divided into two spaces, one for storage and one for changing, could provide that much needed space at a minimal cost. A shower that drains into the garden could have the dual purpose of rinsing a swimmer and watering poolside plants.

Whether the patio is constructed of decorative bricks over sand or is built up on foundations made with poured concrete is really a matter of taste, but the materials and colors should fit into the overall landscape theme of the home. Normally a patio is built in the backyard for privacy but often time is built in the front for viewing activities in the neighborhood.

A properly planned and designed patio can become one of the most used spaces in your home. It can be used as a sun room, kitchen, dining and entertaining area, or a play space for your kids. It can also be a romantic, quiet and relaxing space to just enjoy a sunset.

Whether you come up with your own outdoor patio ideas and build it yourself, or have someone build it for you remember the end result and how much you will enjoy it.

If you do plan to do it yourself, look online for suggestions and step by step instructions for easy to construct, install, and furnish your outdoor patio ides that are affordable and long lasting.
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