Patios can be a great way to integrate your landscaping into your home whether you have a beautiful view right outside your home, or you live in a secluded wooded area. A patio can enhance your backyard experience because it acts as a separate living area that relates more to your landscape than your house. Decks, on the other hand, act more as an extension to your home than an outdoor living space.
Personally, I think if you have the land you should build a patio as opposed to a deck. Many people build a deck instead because then they don't have to worry about leveling their land which can be costly. Think about the benefits of a patio: It's detached from your house, so it offers a much more “outdoors” feel. You could include a firepit, a fountain, and more! Patios allow you to enjoy things that wouldn't work on a deck because a deck is attached to the house. There are great reasons to build a deck too, depending on your yard.
There are so many ways that people use their patios. If your family loves a barbecue, maybe an outdoor kitchen would be a positive addition to your home. (Psst… check out my collection of Outdoor Living Ideas on Pinterest!) You can include a hi-tech grill, refrigerator, a mini-bar, comfortable seating and more… Treat it like your own personal vacation hideaway! If you've got a pool in your backyard, make it an outdoor living space by adding natural patio flooring and outdoor furniture.
Designing Your Patio
When you design your patio, it should fit right in with the textures and colors you see on the exterior of your home. Some like it traditional while others prefer a more modern look. Your patio design materials reflect the mood you're going for. Some common patio design materials include:
- Flagstone is known for its jagged, natural pieces, but it can be cut into rectangular pieces as well. Flagstone is appealing to those who are looking for a natural look for their patio and don't mind grass and moss growing up through the cracks.
- Brick patios have widespread appeal and work well with many different home styles. They have a rich red color and can be laid in a variety of creative designs.
- Decorative concrete can be poured into any shape, and can come into a variety of natural colors and textures in large slabs. Here's a very informative video we found on ConcreteNetwork.com that explains some of the design choices you have working with concrete.
- Patio pavers are a great choice for homeowners with a taste for detailed designs. Pavers don't crack because they are flexible and they respond well to rain because they are permeable, letting water filter through instead of run off. They also last for up to 30 years.
Your yard is unique, and your patio layout should be too. Stand out in your yard and imagine what you want your outdoor living space to look like. Draw a picture or find inspirational images online, then run your ideas by a few friends and family members.