By SeMoGABErkah. Patio. At Sunday, July 22nd 2018, 04:01:29 AM.
Decide how you want to use the patio. Is the patio mainly for alfresco dining or sunbathing or relaxing with a book or all three? The intended use will dictate the size and location of the patio. A patio mainly for dining is best placed where there is some shade so that diners can keep cool on warmer days and seek the sun when the weather is cooler. A patio intended mainly for sunbathing needs to be in a spot where it's sunny all day. If you want young children to safely use the patio, it needs to be somewhere you can see them from the house.
Relaxing: though it is not many people who relax on their patios (since most have turned theirs' into domestic 'dumping' sites), the truth of the matter is that one of the main purposes for which patios are designed is to provide sites for relaxation. It follows, if you are one of those who are guilty of turning their patios into dumping sites that you need to rehabilitate the patio, if you are to make it suitable for relaxation. This would involve getting rid of the stuff you have dumped there for which there is no conceivable use, storing the rest of the stuff in an orderly manner (if you have to store it there), and then installing furniture suitable for relaxation. Once this is effectively done, you may come to realize that of all 'rooms' in your home, it is the patio that makes for the most ideal place to relax and pass time.
Determining the size of your patio is very important. As stated above, a large patio can overwhelm a smaller yard, and vice versa. You can figure out how large your patio needs to be by deciding on how you intend to use it and how many people it should fit. Measure the size of your yard to see how much area you are working with, how much space you are willing to allot to your patio, etc. One good tip I've come across, is to buy your patio furniture before you install your patio, arrange it where you expect your patio to be, and observe how the space is used, where people walk, etc. This will help you see just how much room is needed for walk space around the furniture, accessories, and more.