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Upgrade Your Patio For Maximum Enjoyment

Aug 4, 2008
If you have a house or have just purchased a house, it probably comes with a patio. Most patios are nothing more than a simple slab of concrete and need some sprucing up to look nice. If you are lucky, you have room for a patio that you can make you own with a unique design choice.

Not all of us live in places where the weather is cooperative and some people choose to install an enclosed patio. This gives them the advantage of being able to use their patio year round and it also becomes another room in the house. Usually, a patio of this type is made out of a material that you can see out of and enjoy as an extension of the house.

If you are stuck with the normal "slab of concrete", it doesn't mean that you can't make it look it's best. Although you can't change the concrete itself, you can change the area around it. Potted plants and flowers around the concrete will add life and much needed color. Bushes or small trees can be planted to give the patio area the feel that you are in a garden as opposed to just on a slab of concrete.

You might add a trail or path away from your patio into the garden to create the illusion that the patio is part of a bigger design. Think creatively when you look at the area surrounding your patio to think of ways you can connect the garden to your patio. Incorporating the garden "feel" into your patio design will connect the two and make them seem as one.

Another great way to upgrade your patio experience is to buy a freestanding fireplace table. These units serve as the centerpiece table and they have fire under them that is usually fueled by gas. This gives your patio an added touch of elegance and can extend the use of your patio into the cooler months. Outdoor heaters that you often see outside restaurants are another similar option.

The furniture you decide to use on your patio will be a determining factor in making your patio a special place. The furniture, if chosen carfully, will work with the surrounding elements to give your patio a comfortable feeling and a make it a place that is enjoyable to use. If you choose plain chairs and a table, no matter what you do to the surrounding area will make your patio special. Your patio furniture must work with the surroundings to give it the desired feel that you want.

Just because you have a small patio does not mean you can't make it a great place to hang out. Be creative and treat your patio like another room in your house. If you do that, your patio will indeed become another room and it will be an enjoyable place to spend your summer evenings for years to come.
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