A patio or deck can be a great home addition. It might increase the value of the property while adding to your personal lifestyle as another place to spend quality time with family, friends and neighbors.
Some backyards may offer relatively few options for placing a new patio. Others may have a number of compelling spots to choose from. It’s very important to give location a lot of thought and do some careful planning before adding on a patio or deck in your yard. Make sure you choose the right space, size and design to suit your lifestyle needs while remaining practical in light of your budget and limited yard space.
Here are a few things you’ll want to consider, according to the home construction and design experts at Progressive Builders:
How Will the Patio Be Used?
The first step in adding a patio is brainstorming about how it will be used. Will it be for entertaining small or large groups? Will it be used for regular dining, cooking or lounging around with loved ones? Do you want to include a bar, grill, fire pit, shaded areas or a certain amount of sitting space? The more you think about what you want to do with the patio, the better you will be able to determine where it needs to go and how it needs to be constructed.
What Are the Natural Surroundings?
Maximizing patio space and design is often about how it is incorporated with the natural surroundings. Are you looking at neighboring fences, back into the home or out across a scenic view? Place the patio and arrange the seating to take advantage of any natural elements around your yard.
Remember Practical Elements and Utilities
If you plan to have an outdoor kitchen or gas-powered grill or fire pits, you will need to have utility lines hooked up. Outdoor lighting, running water for sinks or a hot tub, electrical outlets for TVs and other devices and even USB chargers for today’s technology are all things to factor in when choosing the location and orientation of the patio.
Consider Your Privacy
Privacy is always important when it comes to patio designs. Always take this into account and choose a patio space that provides a private and comfortable space to lounge and entertain.
Working with Space Limitations
Homes with small yards may end up using the entire backyard as a patio space. Sometimes you have to get creative. With larger yards, you will want to consider the elements above to determine where to place the patio.
For help in designing and building your dream patio, deck or other outdoor addition, contact Progressive Builders today!
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