Many people relish the idea of sitting out in their garden when the weather is warm. One outdoor feature that makes it easier to do so is a patio. Before you go ahead and contact a patio builder, you'll need to consider your options. Here are some of the features you may want to reflect on.
If the aim of having a patio is to spend more time in the sun, you need to consider where and how the sun falls on your garden. The easiest way to do this is to take a look at the areas you're considering throughout the day. If possible, mark them out and observe whether anything such as trees or fencing will obscure the way the sun falls onto your prospective patio. You should also consider whether having a degree of shade is acceptable, as it may offer a natural reprieve when the sun is very strong.
Size and Shape
You should determine the size of your patio based on the space available and what you want to place on it. For example, you may want enough room for a table and six chairs, a small outdoor couch, barbecue, and some space to move around. Again, if you can, mark out these features onto the area you're considering for your patio. If you're low on space, consider whether building some of your seating into the side or purchasing weather-proof storage boxes could help you achieve your patio dreams.
There are lots of options when it comes to patio materials, with varying levels of longevity. Concrete is ultimately very durable but can become expensive to repair if something cracks it. Wood is usually a quick and easy-to-install option, but if you don't clean it regularly you might attract algae that make it slippy. Discuss what your overall maintenance and aesthetic requirements are with a patio builder. They can soon present you with options and show you sample materials.
Finally, consider how much time you want to spend maintaining your patio. Do you require one that's fairly low-maintenance? Or are you happy to throw in a few extra snazzy features and put in the effort required to keep it looking great? Features such as steps, shade sails, and fencing may need a little more of your attention but could be worth it if they enhance the way you're able to enjoy your patio overall. By putting some thought into the planning now, you can achieve the patio of your dreams.
For more information, contact a patio builder near you.