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Patio Designs

Terrace, outdoor balcony or verandah whatever name you call it, it is typically called patio. Internet offers endless ideas about home improvement and do-it-yourself projects. Likewise there are many design tips and ideas which you can adopt to improve the look of your home. Let's learn about the meaning of this term: Patio word came from the Spanish, meaning 'back garden' or 'backyard'. It is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and a garden.

Terrace, outdoor balcony or verandah whatever name you call it, it is typically called patio. Internet offers endless ideas about home improvement and do-it-yourself projects and likewise there are many patio design tips and ideas which you can adopt to improve the look of your home.

Let's learn about the meaning of this term:

 Patio word came from the Spanish, meaning 'back garden' or 'backyard'. It  is an outdoor space generally used for dining or recreation that adjoins a residence and is typically paved. It may refer to a roofless inner courtyard of the sort found in Spanish-style dwellings or a paved area between a residence and a garden.

Patios are typically made of concrete or stone slabs laid over a base. This base is often a layer of compacted stone chips, a layer of sharp sand, and a layer of cement mortar.

Patio designs once meant 'boring slab of concrete attached to the back of a house' but now you have many choices. There are patio stones and pavers along with loose materials and the more formal look of tile. Back yards, especially concrete patios, are being transformed into luxurious extensions of the house. They're the new favorite room to relax, entertain, and cook. And the heart and soul of the backyard resort area is the concrete patio.

Concrete patios, sometimes referred to as cement patios, provide the perfect sanctuary for outdoor living spaces because they are often connected to the house and blend the interior with the exterior living areas.

Patio designs involve many different elements to think about. One of the most important is to decide how large or small you need your patio to be.

For what purpose you want to use it?-- for family dining--- some areas for relaxing in your backyard with some nice lounge chairs? You must also take into consideration the summer and winter suns, airflow, and existing views.           

Patio designs involve many different elements to think about. One of the most important is to decide how large or small you need your patio to be.                                                                             

Space: Available space will determine your patio's size.

Shapes: Squares, rectangles, ovals.

Levels: Multidimensional surfaces work well with slopes and uneven levels.

Drainage: Working with existing runoff systems or determining the best place to build one.

Grading: Deals with soil redistribution for a flat, even patio base.

Privacy Screening: Walls and enclosures turn a patio into an outdoor room.

Few patio designs: These ideas can be modified according to the space you own and your choice.

  • Patio designs can be created to look very naturalistic with beautiful curves. The curves should be large and sweeping. They should also be of a specific radius. This means that the portion of the patio design that is the curve should be radiated out a specific distant from a central point.
  • Other types of patio designs combine both curves and straight lines. The Grecian style comes to mind. This is formal, but the use of various line types creates interest.
  • An interesting feature to add is a seat wall. Seat walls are both functional and artistic, adding an architectural element to patio designs. Try to design two shorter seat walls at right angles, rather than one long one. It is more comfortable for a few people to sit and chat in this format.
  • Add a planting bed at the edge of the patio.
  • By adding an outdoor kitchen to your design, you will be sure to create an area that is very social.
  • Fire pits are a great addition to a the outdoors.
  • Ponds can actually be designed as part of patio designs, where one edge of the patio is the water. The pond can have either a waterfall, or a small fountain in the center.        
  • You can add casual chairs for relaxing.

For more ideas you can search for Backyard Landscaping Ideas.

Useful links:

* Latest in Patio Home Design Photos

* Patio Design from 'Ask the builder'

* Patio Designs at 'Outdoor Patio Ideas'

* The Landscape Design Site offers 'Patio design ideas'

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