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Patio Design Ideas For Creating Your Perfect Haven

Jan 24, 2008
As Spring approaches many people start thinking about getting their gardens in order for the Summer. The garden is often seen as a place to escape the stresses of everyday life and leave the cold winter behind them. Thinking about a design of patio is a great idea if you want to enjoy your garden to its fullest. Not only having the pleasure of designing your outdoor paradise, but also seeing it come it life.

Where to Begin

Ultimately you need to decide what you want from your patio. Do you want to entertain lots of friends and family? Do you want to BBQ? Do you want decking or pavers?

By drawing a plan of your patio area you'll have a better idea of how many pavers you require. Also include in your plans other details such as plants, cooking area or built-in seating.

After you have decided what your new patio will look like, you will need to think about materials. Garden supply centers are a great place to start because you can see first-hand what they look like. Also find out if there are any "how to" classes on how to install the pavers or wooden decking.

Different Options

You will find that there are many different options when it comes to patios. You can have a concrete patio, bricks or wood decking. Each have their pros and cons.

Wood decking can look stunning when newly laid but the elements - sun, rain and snow - can take its toll. The wood decking will need to be re-stained and sealed every now and again to keep it looking good.

Concrete is another option for a patio. Concrete is strong however it can crack over time. Concrete is the most affordable choice.

Natural stone is ideal for outdoor use because it's durable, low maintenance and looks great. Unfortunately it does cost a bit more to buy. However you may think it's worth it due to the low maintenance and the fact it retains its beauty.

Extras

There is more to creating a patio that deciding what to lay on the ground. You'll also want to think about plants, lighting and seating. There's more to creating our perfect outdoor haven than a picnic table. You might also want an outdoor fire to give you some extra warmth in the evening.

Color should also not be forgotten. Plants, herbs and flowers can make your patio come alive. They not only create a relaxed ambiance but they'll smell great too.
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April often writes articles for home improvement site which also has articles relating to patio covers and deck railing ideas.
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