A patio is the perfect way to add to the living space of your home while bringing everyone outdoors during the warm season. Patio spaces have to be designed and laid out in such a way that they compliment your current landscape without feeling cramped or barren. Plants will usually be placed along the border of your patio or the border of your fence line (depending on the size of your yard) to add color and an inviting feel to your patio space.
Design possibilities are truly endless for patio spaces. You may choose to go custom, with a unique design for your paver layout to bring the attention to your patio itself. Custom designs can utilize different patterns or even colorful inlays in the form of flowers, trees, or just about anything else. Inlays are made by using bright, contrasting colors and sharp angles. Inlays, such as flowers, have to be carefully designed and placed so that everything looks perfect.
If you’re going for something a bit simpler, simply laying out your paver stones in a whimsical fashion—such as circles or half circles—can draw everyone’s attention to your new patio space.
Whatever layout you choose, you’ll still have a few other things to select, such as the size of your patio, the shape of the patio itself, and the type of material you use. There are many different paver stone options for you to pick from in a range of budgets that will finish off your patio look and will keep their classic appearance for years to come.
Patios vs. Porches
Porches and patios are both excellent ways to extend your living and entertaining space outdoors. Patios are made of stone pavers and are level with the ground, while porches or decks are made of wood or laminate decking and are typically a couple steps up from the ground. Both offer a range of unique design options, but there are a few other things to consider.
For instance, patios tend to be more durable and require less upkeep. Local building codes vary, but decks often require special permission while digging out a patio space typically does not. In fact, to put in a patio, your landscaper just has to mark the area, dig out a couple inches of sod, and start installing the stones.
While decks need to be cleaned, repainted, or protected in some way on a regular basis to keep from fading or rotting, stone patio spaces require virtually no upkeep when installed properly with the right base layer and leveling.
Patios and porches are both great options and it truly comes down to your preference for looks, durability, and upkeep.