Designing a patio is not like designing a woman. Well, a good patio does have curves and style and looks good in the hot summer sun, but aside from that there are almost no similarities between designing a patio and designing a woman. Unless it’s a femdroid, I suppose. What was I talking about?
Oh yeah, designing patios. You need to start by taking a look at the landscaping that is going to border your patio. If you’ve got a garden growing nearby, your patio should definitely take advantage of proximity. You can’t enjoy a garden more than by sitting on a patio on a mild spring day with an iced tea and the wonderful natural fragrance supplied by your plants.
Patios can also be designed for privacy. Build your patio away from the hustle and bustle of what is taking place indoors. A patio build away from the house-detached, if you will-can become an oasis of serenity in which you deal with the stresses of home life all on your own. Privacy in a patio design may also extend to keeping your relaxation out of the line of sight of neighbors. If your neighbors as nosy as Mrs. Ochmonek from ALF-or if you actually are in possession of an alien from the planet Melmac-then design your patio away from the eyeline of your neighbors.
Consider the sun when constructing a design for your patio. Keep in mind that you won’t want to be situated where you are facing the morning sun of the east or the afternoon sun of the west. Chairs and furniture can be moved, of course, but planning a design that takes the issue of the sun’s glare out of the list of components means you don’t even have to lift up that wicker or wrought-iron chair.
If your patio is going to be made of bricks, consider design patterns very carefully. Bricks can be laid down in a variety of patterns that have names like basket weave and herringbone. Efficiency dictates that you choose a patio pattern that utilizes whole bricks. Why? Because this cuts down on the necessity of cutting bricks which can become quite tedious, frustrating and eventually look like crap.Your basic square patio is the easiest to build yourself, but it’s also the quickest to become boring. Add some style and zest by taking a chance on your ability to give your patio some curves, zig-zags, angles, holes in which to grow flowers and maybe even a little digressive walkway that leads a round mini-patio built just for two