There’s a lot to think about when planning your shiny new patio. That being the case, “The Lynch Group” Real Estate Agents are here to help make it a bit more effortless.
Patio Planning 101
If this is your first big home improvement project, you’ve picked one that should give you a real sense of satisfaction when it’s done. But you’ve also selected to tackle a multi-part effort that’s not very easy.
Before going out and renting a Skid Steer and hiring three guys to pour cement we recommend you make sure you’ve checked these items off your pre-patio checklist:
- Location, location, location. Even though a variety of patios are constructed as a transition from the house to the rest of the yard, there’s not a rule saying this has to be the case. Choose your favorite flat spot on your lot and try to imagine what it would be like having dinner there.
- Materials. An assortment of patios pour concrete slabs, but there are also a few amazing stones and pavers out there that would make incredible patio surfaces. Also, don’t forget to remember about the brick. Patios are amazing because they can really stand the test of time when the right materials are selected. One other thing, our realtors recommend that you think about the weather in your area when you’re shopping.
- Size and shape. Similar to how there’s no required spot for your patio, there’s also not a standard size or a standard shape for them. Generally speaking, you want a 10×16 rectangle.
Putting it All Together
Now that you’ve got a better understanding of what your patio will be made from and where you’re going to put it, it’s time to take the next step and put that pencil to paper.
It can help to draw your complete lot on grid paper, adding buildings, plants and other noteworthy features in their ideal spots (you’ll need to measure all of this for best results) will make sure that your patio plan does not run into annoying problems from real life clashing with your perfect patio.
This drawing of your patio can become an ideal map to something a little bit more impressive than a simple slab in your backyard. We highly suggest you think about drawing in (and including!) these user-friendly elements so you can make it do even more:
- Pergolas. There’s nothing like a pergola to create a semi-shaded spot in your yard. If your patio is attached to the house, adding a pergola is just a more organic step. If it isn’t, you can still anchor one in cement so it can be freestanding and won’t blow away.
- Built-in seating. Sure, you have a patio set, but at times it’s even better to have some extra benches just in case you’re wanting to sit, but not at a table. You can use deck builders put benches around the outside of decks, or use them to separate areas on a very large deck, you can do the same with benches created from the same materials as your patio.
- Water features. You have to clearly understand, no one said you need a fountain or pond near your patio, but wouldn’t it be pretty incredible? Fountains that are not too large, add interest and ponds not only give you a place to keep impressively large koi, birds and other wildlife can use them for water.
- Outdoor kitchen. This is the a very common patio upgrade. We often tell our clients that adding an outdoor kitchen, even if that’s just a built-in grill and a small sink, can make your home easier to sell down the line and possibly even increase your home’s value.