Patio Planning Guide


A patio is a must if you plan on spending much time outside, enjoying your yard or entertaining others. A good patio gives you a place to gather, enjoy the weather, eat dinner, and socialize while still being able to remain somewhat separated from some of the messier aspects of outdoor living. A patio which has been planned and built correctly will provide you with decades of hassle-free enjoyment; on the other hand, a patio which is hastily constructed and poorly planned can lead to hassle, expensive repairs, and the possibility of having to tear it out and start over. Here are some things to consider when planning your patio.

What Will You Be Doing?

The first thing to consider is what it is that you plan on doing with the patio. Different uses will require different types of patios, or patios which are located in different areas. For example, if you plan on using the patio primarily in the afternoons, you will want to take shading into consideration more than if you were to plan on using it mostly in the evenings.

What is Your Ground Like?

Consider the soil where the patio will be constructed. Has it been in place for a long time (and is thus well-compacted) or is it new soil that has recently been placed there (and is thus subject to shifting)? A patio is a very heavy thing, and if the ground upon which it sits is not properly prepared, it can shift and crack, requiring expensive repairs.

What Will You Construct It with?

You need to make sure that you construct your patio with the right material for its expected use. A flagstone patio is beautiful, but if it will be hidden underneath a large hot tub you may want to reconsider whether you are going to go to the expense of using flagstone. Likewise, concrete is durable (and more affordable), but if the patio is going to be the centerpiece of a majestic garden you may want to consider spending a bit more for something that looks a bit nicer, unless of course you plan on having your patio’s concrete customized.

A patio can be a great addition to your yard, adding value and enjoyment for years to come. However, it is important to properly plan any patio you are adding. Spend some time doing some research online, and be sure to check with landscaping specialists for ideas and tips.