8 Things to Remember When Building a Patio
Building a patio is a great way of establishing a place in your home where you can relax with your family and entertain guests all year round. From backyard barbecues during warm summer days to a place to relax with a book while enjoying a breath of fresh air, patios are an excellent way to spend more time outside whilst being protected from the elements. Here are some points to consider before beginning your patio project.
1. How Will You Use Your Patio?
How your patio is designed should reflect how you intend to use it. Is it a smaller place to relax with a coffee or a larger space where you want to entertain guests, cook meals and sit down together and dine? How you plan to use your patio will influence other factors like size, location and budget.
You want your patio to offer convenient access to the house and other backyard features such as a pool. If you intend to use your patio for entertaining, you ideally want it close to the kitchen so it’s easy to transport food and drinks. Consider how much or how little sunlight you want the patio to get.
The size of your patio will depend on how big your backyard is, but it is also influenced by how you intend to use the patio. Features like an outdoor kitchen, a large dining table, heaters, fireplace, a spa or hot tub will all need adequate space.
Consider your budget early and speak to contractors about materials, the size and location of the patio and the additional cost of extra features like lighting, a fireplace etc. Your patio contractor will take your budget, wants and needs into account when designing and building your patio.
The kind of materials you use will play a significant role in how your patio looks as well as construction and maintenance costs. Naturally, you want your patio to blend nicely with your home, so using similar materials is essential for achieving the look of a natural extension.
Ideally, you want to be protected from sunburn as well as rain so you can entertain all year round. At Patioland, we recommend a Shademaster patio cover as it is cooler and lighter than steel patio covers. They only require one support beam, meaning you have more space and installation options. The insulated patio cover has the added benefit of unique, integrated panels that block out UV rays while allowing natural light to enter.
7. Building Time
Consider the preparation and building time required for getting a patio. If you want it ready for your next Christmas barbecue, make sure you start the process early enough to ensure that will happen. You should also prepare for noise, dust and the interruption of the construction process at home.
You also want your patio to be easy to maintain all year round. Once again this is about choosing the right materials to minimise weathering. Ask your contractor whether your patio cover is UV resistant and what kind of finish is put on the timber decking to make it resistant to weathering.
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By Patioland Info | October 1, 2019 | Interview