Remodeling Your Patio

Thinking about adding a patio to your backyard? Or maybe you are just looking for ways to spruce up your existing patio. Patios are a great way to add functional space to your backyard while providing beauty at the same time. Here are some things to consider when thinking about your patio.

Make it Soothing with Water. There’s something about water that’s serene and peaceful. Be sure to add it to your patio. Enhance those relaxing moments with a patio-size water garden.

Leverage Shade. Have a large shade tree? Why not consider building your patio under its canopy? You’ll enjoy the cool, shady retreat in the heat of summer when you need a quick break from your afternoon gardening chores. You can also plant your favorite shade plants around your patio for summer-long color and interest.

Add Cover with a Pergola. More substantial than an arbor but less confining than a gazebo, a pergola may be as simple as an overhead structure attached to the back of your house to cover a deck. Or it might be a grand, freestanding structure that’s the main focal point of a yard. Pergolas are especially effective over paved areas, such as paths, courtyards, and patios.

Throw down a Rug. There are more and more high-quality, weather-resistant rugs for use outdoors. They come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find one to suit your tastes.

Using Light on the Patio. Give your patio personality at night. Whether to illuminate a dark space or add ambiance to your favorite seating area, outdoor lighting can be just the touch of nighttime pizzazz your patio needs.

Build a Fire Pit. Gather around the fire with the kids late at night. Perfect for toasting marshmallows in summer or warming your outdoor space in spring or fall, fire pits are a gathering place on the patio. Fire pits can be made from anything from flagstone slabs to small boulders.

Create a Patio with Curving Edges
Don’t be square! Create a patio with curving edges to add character and a sense of informality to your outdoor living area. Curves can be more relaxing and visually appealing than straight lines.


Homes for Life – May 2014 Glickman Design Build Newsletter