Published at Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 - 01:19:28 AM. Patio. By Alek.
How to Create the Perfect Patio Experience By taking time to plan and design your patio, you can create an area where all the different features combine to produce a unique space that possesses character, comfort and charm. In effect, transforming a popular garden feature into an outside room. To create the perfect patio for your garden, consider the size and position of the patio area carefully. Most people prefer the patio to be close to the house but you may wish to choose a location in a sunnier part of the garden or a position offering a better view. By placing the patio near to trees and shrubbery, you create a naturally sheltered area similar to an arbour. But this type of location can bring problems. Firstly excavating the footings for the patio may cause damage to the roots of the trees and shrubs that were the chief attraction of that particular location. Close proximity to trees and shrubs will almost definitely result in the unsightly problem of leaf mould forming on the patio creating a slippery and hazardous surface. For a patio that complements the house and garden, proportions are all-important. When deciding on the size of the patio, you must also think practically about how it will be used. If you want to put a table and chairs on it, you will probably need at least 3m x 3m but to accommodate sunloungers and possibly barbeques a larger space may be required. So its worthwhile deciding on the type of patio furniture you will be using at this early stage. Shape is another important factor in your patio planning. Dont be constrained by the traditional rectangular template - a curved patio is often more space efficient and can blend more harmoniously with the rest of the garden. Experiment with shapes and geometric patterns to highlight garden features or mirror flowerbeds. Mark out the patio area with a hosepipe or string line to help you visualise the space. Once you have decided on the shape and size of your patio there is another important feature of the design to consider that many people overlook - colour. The variety of stone available to the patio builder is matched, if not surpassed, by the rich diversity of colours in which stone paving materials now come. A quick glance at any paving stone suppliers catalogue or website will vividly illustrate this. We will look at the colours available later, but at this stage it is a good idea to consider whether you want the colour of the patio to complement or contrast with the colour of the walls of your house. Then there are the questions of patterned or plain and mix or match? Are you going to use stone of the same colour or do want to create a pattern on the patio surface? Matching different materials is yet another option worth considering. A patio constructed of two different types of stone can be very effective, as can the inclusion of an area of decorative gravel in the design. But if the mix and match approach appeals to you take care, for not all materials will work well together. As with so much connected with design, personal taste plays a significant and overriding role. Nevertheless, it is a generally accepted rule that natural stone does not work well with reconstructed materials. The patios perimeter also offers the opportunity for other design elements that can enhance its overall appearance. Firstly, you may want to build a low ornamental wall around the perimeter of your patio. Once again it is at the design stage where you should be looking into the height of the wall, the type and colour of the brick you are going to use and whether the top of the wall will be finished with coping or incorporate areas for planting. Another option worth considering is having contrasting edging at the patios perimeter, which can be in terms of both colour and material. A patio constructed of slabs can be given an elegant block edging, providing a simple but effective counterpoint to the main patio area. Whatever design you are looking for, it is advisable to produce scale drawings to visualise the finished patio. Scale drawings can also assist in calculating the quantity of materials needed. Patio slabs Stone slabs or flags come in many shapes, sizes and colours. The main types of stone are natural stone and reconstructed stone. Natural stone is what its name implies and is the more expensive of the two; but natural stone slabs can vary in size and thickness and consequently will require a higher degree of expertise to lay. Reconstructed stone slabs - sometimes described as reconstituted or artificial stone - are concrete units where a specific concrete mix has been designed to resemble natural stone. A wide range of natural stones can be imitated including Bath stone, Portland stone, Stainton stone and red terracotta. A word of caution on reconstructed stone slabs. Although they are the less expensive option, the quality can vary greatly and the cheapest stone slab often bears little resemblance to the natural stone it is trying to imitate. So its advisable to look around to find the best supplier. Traditionally the most popular stone for building patios has been sandstone, as it comes in a wide range of attractive colours and textures. But there are other interesting and decorative alternatives. Travertine is a hardwearing stone common to southern Europe. The largest building in the world constructed predominently of travertine is the Colosseum in Rome. A noticeable feature of travertine stone is its naturally pitted surface that is excellent for simple, rustic designs. But its the colours of travertine stone that make it so attractive to patio builders. In addition to grey, beige and white there are rich browns, reds and golds that are ideal for creating a patio with a Mediterrannean appearance. Another stone favoured by professional patio builders is granite. The reputation granite has for toughness and durability often overshadows its natural beauty. Natural granite slabs are usually dark and silver grey, or pink. But its beauty is heightened in the sun as it sparkles and glints providing a glamorous sophistication. When looking at the variety of stone available you will soon discover that patio slabs can come with different finishes offering another dimension to patio design. These finishes are produced by specific operations: acid-etched, smooth or coarse ground, grit or sand-blasted, rubbed or polished, giving the stone a different appearance and character. A riven surface refers to stone that has the appearance of having split away from the main rock mass resulting in a rough, textured appearance. Tumbled stone has a distressed look marked by rounded edges and a well-worn quality. Polished stone has a smooth surface imparting a refined elegance, while in stark contrast slabs that have been shot-blast have a coarse, roughened surface. Block paving and setts? Although the patio slab or flag is the most popular stone material for building patios other materials are available, namely block paving and setts. Block paving comprises of rectangular shaped blocks similar to bricks. The most common size for block pavers is 200mm x 100mm with a depth of around between 50mm. They can either be made of concrete or clay and come in a wide selection of colours. Clay paving blocks are more expensive than the concrete variety but both can be tumbled or polished Paving blocks are usually laid in one of three patterns: herringbone, stretcher bond and basketweave. Whatever stone material you decide to use, accurate plans will help you estimate the quantity of materials needed and get quotes. Remember to check that there are no underground pipes and cables in the area. If the patio is to butt onto an exterior house wall, it must be below the damp proof course.
A Patio Bar Set Could Be Just the Outdoor Furniture Piece You Need For Your Backyard Space Got a patio? Are you fond of holding large parties or casual celebrations with your friends and family in the patio? Have you noticed lately that your patio parties are becoming dull? Well, that may be the case if you do not have the right kind of patio furniture. For perfect and memorable patio parties, you have got to have the right patio bar set. What Is a Patio Bar Set? A patio bar set is composed of three kinds of furniture: the party bar or bar counter, bar table, and bar stools. Party Bar: Having a party bar in your patio is very important. For one thing, you may prevent guests from wandering around the garden or yard by themselves and doing nothing at all. A party should be a party. Guests should not just be frolicking around-they should be engaged in fun conversations and enjoying themselves. Would it be a sad scene for a host if their guests are not enjoying themselves? One effective way to prevent a dull patio party is to install the right kind of bar or bar counter in your patio. The bar will be the natural center of the party. Guests will not have to wait to be served drinks on their table-they can just go to the party bar to get or mix their favorite drinks. Drinks, arguably, keep every party alive. If you have a steady supply of drinks coming from a conveniently located party bar, then you can be sure that all of your guests will have a great time. So how do you choose the right party bar for your patio? Well, it is really simple. First, you will have to consider your patios area. If you have a large patio and you are holding large parties frequently, then you should get a large party bar so that you can stock many drinks in it. A long rectangular party bar would suffice if you have a large patio. But if you have a small patio, then you settle for small party bars like those crescent-shape or L-designed ones. Bar Table: Another important patio bar furniture is the patio bar table. Bar tables are typically tall tables fitted with slim pedestal bottoms and small table tops. Bar tables play a huge role in holding the party together. Guests usually converse while they eat or hold their drinks on bar tables. How many tables should you have? Well, that depends on the area of your patio and the number of guests that usually come to your parties. If you have a large patio and usually hosts large parties, then you should get many bar tables. Bar Stools: Patio bar stools are equally important as the party bar and bar tables. Since guests prefer to relax and enjoy during patio parties, then it is important that your bar stools have features that provide maximum comfort and convenience. Bar stools that have a swiveling mechanism are beloved by guests who are fond to simultaneously talk to other guests at the party bar. Bar stools with arm rests and comfortable padding are also one of the top favorites of guests. So how do you choose the right patio bar set? Would it be wood, wrought iron, aluminum, or plastic? What would be the design: traditional, casual, contemporary, or ultra-modern? Well, it is really up to your personal taste, but the rule is your patio bar set should fit your patio. If you have a traditional patio, then a traditional wooden patio bar set would be a great choice. But if you have a modern-looking patio, then you should, by all means, settle for a modern patio bar set.
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