2 Key Concepts To Consider When Designing Your New patio

Australians have a great love for outdoor living spaces. They provide a comfortable yet open area to spend time with family, enjoy meals and embrace the fresh air. If your home doesn't have a great outdoor living space, then you may be considering have a patio built to achieve this much-desired home feature. When designing a patio, there are two key concepts that you should put some time and thought into before construction begins.

1. The size of the patio space

Deciding on the right size for your patio may not seem that difficult but it's actually a bit more involved than you might think. You'll need to ensure that it provides you with enough space to allow you to use it for the various purposes without feeling cramped. If it's too small, you may find yourself needing to extend it in the future which is considerably more costly than adding more space during the initial construction.

Conversely, it's also important not to make it too large. Keep the patio in proportion with the size of your home to prevent it from looking out of place and too elaborate. You'll also need to ensure that it doesn't take up too much of the total garden area which can make your home less appealing to future buyers if you decide to sell in the future.

2. The amount of cover for the patio

Having a roof or other cover such as an awning or shade sail over your patio is an excellent idea. This will help to make your patio an all weather space that can be enjoyed on both hot summer days and during rainy winter weather. Generally, you can choose between a fixed, solid cover or a retractable cover.

Fixed covers are sturdier and provide better weather protection than retractable covers but they don't give you the versatility to control the amount of light and shade that your patio receives. Many people choose the happy medium, with part of the patio using a fixed cover and the rest covered with a retractable awning or shade sail.

Designing your new patio is an exciting project but it can also feel a little daunting if you aren't experienced. Contact your local patio construction contractor and they can help you to come up with a great patio design that will look great, meet all of your needs and fits your existing budget.