A patio can be a great place for rest and relaxation, family time, and even family or neighborhood gatherings. However, if you don’t design it in such a way that you love it, you’ll never want to take advantage of it at all. How do you create a patio design that you’ll absolutely love? The following steps can help.

Determine the Function

What do you really want to use your patio for? If you don’t want to use it for gatherings, that’s okay. Some people prefer to keep their patio as their very own little slice of paradise. Others want to make theirs the go-to for anyone who stops by.

Whether you want to share it or hide it away is completely up to you – it is your patio, after all. However, you want to be clear about this as you create your design. If it’s going to be all for you, it doesn’t make sense to add a giant table. Instead, you might think about a hammock or a swing. However, you can’t figure out the best design until you decide how you’re going to use it.

Gather Inspiration

Now that you are clear on the function, take a look at some other patios. There are plenty of pictures in magazines and online to help. You don’t have to copy them, but they can certainly spark your own creativity.

Create a Basic Design

Now that you’re inspired, it’s time to get your thoughts out. You can do this in a couple of ways. To keep it simple, you can use a pencil and some regular paper to draw out a basic blueprint. Or you can use poster board and pictures of items you’ve found to set your patio up visually. Either way, the idea is to get your thoughts and goals out on paper. It will help you through the rest of the steps.

Decide If You Want Help

You can DIY your entire patio design if you want unless you’re adding electrical features and so on. However, many people find it beneficial to get help with at least some aspects of their patio design.

This is especially true when it comes to tasks like pouring concrete, adding things like waterfalls, and so on. But it’s not just more complicated tasks that professionals can help with. They can walk you through every step, from design to completion. And in many ways, they can save money as they know where to get the materials at lower costs – and can ensure you use the right materials from the beginning.

Get to Work

You now have your plan and have determined whether you’ll be doing this Lone Ranger style or getting some help. It’s now time to put your ideas to work. It’s important that you be patient throughout this, though, as you’ll need to do a great deal of comparison shopping for materials.

You’ll also likely find that most tasks take longer than you originally anticipated – especially when you’re doing it alone. It’s always a good idea to budget more time and money than you think you’ll need.

Ailani Koda