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What to Keep in Mind When Designing Your Patios?

Even though it is just one part of your garden, the way your patio looks becomes one of the most important factors in deciding how your garden looks. When designing a patio, keep in mind

Designing Patios

Where are you putting it in the garden?

Putting patios where you don’t get any sun is no use, so pick a spot which is bright and where you see yourself unfolding a chair and unfolding yourself in the process. Avoid setting up patios adjacent to the exit because it will keep causing disturbance. Consider building more than one patios so they can be used for more than one purposes. It will also keep things interesting.

What are you going to use it for?

Only once you have that figured in your head will you be able to decide on the size of the patio. If you want to set it up only for the purpose of sunbathing then select a spot where there is sun all day. To make more use of just one patio, like setting up lunches and dinners outside, select a spot where there is a bit of a shade.

How much can it accommodate?

Will it be able to fit a table? Will it have room to unfurl five mats? As a basic, leave about 1 metre width for the table and half of that all around for easy movement.

Are you considering built-in seating?

If you’re sure of the one or two uses you will make of your patio, it is sensible to go with built-in seating. Many people choose to set up an outdoor fireplace which looks very elegant and utilizes all the space in the patio very well.

How much privacy do you want?

We don’t advise you to do all your business in a tent but creating a private environment will become increasingly important to you after the few times you make use of the patio. Consider putting up a wall around or grow a hedge to make a safe enclosure.

What is your budget?

All the above will be determined by your budget. This will help you figure if the wall around your patio is really necessary or you can do with the hedge cialis without a doctor prescription. A garden comes with its own basic expenses and a patio is only an added expenditure so when you set up a patio make sure that it is of use to you all times of the year.

What is your surface material?

There are enough options in the market for your patio to turn you blind. The steeply priced ones include real stone and concrete slabs. Most places you will also be able to get stamped or coloured concrete slabs as patio material. It is advisable to avoid concrete though as it fades easily and ends up looking fake. Truth be told, there isn’t even much of a difference between them and the real stones. So you might as well invest your money in the right place. They have less maintenance cost and will last you years.

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The Different Kind of Patio Materials Available

Surfaces of patios can look beautiful now as there are variety of materials available at home improvement depots. These materials are not just limited to patios but can be put to use for multiple projects like fixing walkways and driveways but also to contain walls among other things. While selecting the material it is wise to see how well they match with the surroundings as well as other stuff laid out in the same space. The materials need also be checked for their quality. As they are open to wear and tear, good quality of the product should be seen as an intelligent investment.

Types of Patio Materials

There are many kinds of patio materials and they come with their many kinds of maintenance costs. Contrary to what you might think it is a better idea to buy a more expensive patio material instead of a cheaper one as it will have a lower maintenance cost.

There are lots of materials to choose from for your patio. Few of them being

Real Stone

This one will burn a hole in your pocket for a natural looking surface. The trouble with this material is all stones have different shapes and sizes and so you would need a skilled person to put them in place. That being said, the surface will last you a long time with very little maintenance.

Stone Veneer

This one has most of the benefits of real stone and is not very expensive either. It is also light and can be cut into various shapes and sizes quite easily. It is a tough material too and is easily available.

Plain Concrete

The most basic kind of flooring and hence also the most affordable, concrete floors can be played with when you are bored and need a change like this. It usually acts as a foundation for other patio materials.

Stamped or Coloured Concrete

Most practical out of all other, this is basically concrete with which is stamped or painted to make it look exactly like real stone. This will make a lot of sense if you are on a budget. Also there are so many designs to choose from for less than half the price.


The more conventional choice to dress up patio surfaces, bricks are no-fuss and easy to put together. In fact this could be one of the DIY things you do. They will give your patio a warm and earthy appeal.


Tiles can be played around with just as coloured concrete. Pick unglazed tiles that are designed especially for outdoor surfaces. There are unbelievable number of colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.

There are various other materials available in the market such as synthetic stone tiles or quarry tiles which are machine made. You will never run out of options.

All the materials that have been listed above are great choices as patio materials. If you’re of the adventurous kind, you can mix and match to make some art of your own. As long as the materials complement each other and require the same kind of maintenance, you’re doing well.

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