You can pick up patio design ideas from videos, patio sketches, books on patio design, photo galleries and articles you can view from the net. There are lots of websites that can help you in your project. Look for those who offer free patio catalogs. You can also consult with a reputable landscape designer around your area. When you find one, make actual visits to his finished patio projects so you can see firsthand how creative and artistic the designer is.
In designing your patio, there are various factors, options and choices to consider. You can build a patio which is attached to your house. Or you can opt for a detached patio. Some basic facts such as patio size, shape, surface textures, enclosure options, patterns and finishes are design considerations. Various materials to choose are concrete, stone, tile, brick, pavers or gravel. You have to consider the important functions your patio will serve. Factors such as location’s accessibility, exposure to sun and your planned activities of entertaining, dining and sun bathing play important part in determining the appropriate patio designs.
When it comes to its usefulness, you need to ask yourself some basic questions such as do you hold big parties or small family gatherings regularly? Are there plenty of children during these parties? Would you like a big patio outdoor room or bistro types of various cozy small rooms? Would you like to have separate small playrooms for the kids? What types of furniture do you have in mind? Which surface texture do you prefer, patterned, colored, smooth, rustic, etc? In effect, functionality should be given priority and importance so that you can pick the best size, layout and shape.
When your landscape designer has answers to this functionality issues, he can help you conceptualize a patio design plan which can suit your personality, taste and budget. Many landscape designers believe that building various smaller and highly functional areas is more visually appealing than having just one large outdoor room or slab. In choosing your location, place it where it will not be adversely exposed to the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun as well as the other natural elements.
The goal of your patio design scheme is to create outdoor extension rooms which are unique, lovely and very useful for your planned family and social activities. It should project a warm, cozy, comfortable and friendly atmosphere which blends with the architecture and natural landscape ambiance of your home. Your design should equip the patio with amenities and accessories such as a lounge, pool, couch, dining sets, fireplace, patio umbrellas, awnings, bar/grill, night lighting, gazebos, etc. If your resources can manage, you can incorporate waterfalls, fountains, flower beds, arbors and pergolas so that you always have beautiful views while doing some meditation and relaxing activities. What your design should perfectly achieve is a patio which can serve as your own backyard leisure and retreat resort for your family to enjoy