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Now that the yard work's done, do you wish you had that perfect Patio to relax in afterwards?
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Step-by-Step Patio Planning from our friends at Better Homes and Gardens
A well-planned patio is a valuable addition to your home for years to come. Patios are growing in popularity thanks to their long-term value and a trend toward outdoor living. Better Homes and Gardens shares 5 basic steps in planning a patio that will be both beautiful and practical.
Step 1: Pick Your Place
Most patios are adjacent to the house, but they don’t have to be. A patio placed well away from the house can provide dry footing for a private retreat. But, if you plan to use your patio for dining, keep it as close to the kitchen as possible.
Step 2: Size It Right
A patio meant for the family can be small and intimate. But if large gatherings are in your future, you'll want to make sure your patio can handle a crowd. One way to figure the size is to set up tables and chairs on your lawn and see how much room you might need.
Step 3: Choose Your Materials
Brick, concrete, slate, and flagstone are among the most popular patio surfaces, either alone or in combination. When selecting a material, consider factors beyond just cost. It's always a good idea to match the style of your home, if possible. And if you plan to eatoutside, select a surface that is smooth enough to keep tables and chairs from wobbling.
Step 4: Select Your Details
A patio can be a simple slab of concrete or slate. But to make the most of your outdoor living space, you'll want to add amenities like low-voltage lighting, planters, fountains, or fireplaces. Let your lifestyle and needs dictate the details you choose to add.
Step 5: Select the Right Builder
The weight and hardness of patio materials can make building one a challenge for even the most experienced Do-it-Yourselfers. J&M Construction has worked with many of our Clients to help create their perfect patios and outdoor living spaces. Call J&M Constructionat203.256.5785 for a FREE consultation to get started on your dream backyard oasis.