Published at Wednesday, October 05th, 2016 - 19:11:53 PM. Patio. By shelby.
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.
Affordable Steel Patio Sets Steel patio sets are an affordable addition to any homes backyard. As you look for furniture that will perfectly accent your deck or porch, there are many options to choose from. There will be many aspects you consider when choosing your patio furniture and one of the most important will be cost. Patio Sets for Your Yard You may have different parts of your yard that you are looking to fill with patio furniture sets. One popular area to set up patio sets is near your garden. You undoubtedly spend a lot of time making your garden a tranquil and beautiful spot, and so what better area to place your steel patio sets. Although you have other options like garden teak furniture or aluminum outdoor furniture, steel patio sets may be your best bet. Steel patio sets are often lightweight in comparison to other types of sets. This can be key when setting up in areas that may experience change. For instance, if different portions of your garden bloom at different times of the summer, lightweight steel patio sets will be ideal so that you can change the direction you are facing and experience the joy of your garden year round. Another area of your backyard that can be enhanced with steel patio sets includes your swimming pool area. Outdoor pool furniture is a must - your swimmers will need areas to sit both before and after enjoying their time in the pool. Pool patio furniture should be both sturdy and easy to move, which makes steel patio sets the ideal choice. Classic Patio Sets Whether you prefer modern patio furniture or vintage patio furniture, you can find many terrific options among steel patio sets. Always consider all of your options before making a purchase. You will want to choose patio furniture that last more than just a season, but in fact many years in a row. Keep in mind any long term goal for your yard before purchasing steel patio sets so you can match your look nicely to your goals. One stylish and popular type of steel patio sets is winston patio furniture. A highly regarded brand, this type of outdoor furniture patio sets will enhance any style you are seeking to use within your yard. Steel patio sets are an affordable alternative to other options including adirondack furniture that may be both costly, less sturdy, and much harder to move around. Another classically beautiful set of patio furniture could be purchased from Woodard patio furniture. Coming in many different styles and made of a variety of components, this type of patio furniture will make any homes backyard look beautiful. Steel patio sets are not necessarily made entirely of steel but have a large amount of steel components. Accessories for Patio Furniture Steel patio sets can be enhanced by many types of furniture accessories. These accessories will help to make your furniture more comfortable, more beautiful, and last longer all the way around. Best yet, accessories can be changed out fairly often at affordable costs, allowing you to change the look of your backyard furniture as many times as you desire. One important accessory for steel patio sets are patio furniture covers. Bad weather is inevitable, but with covers to protect your outdoor furniture, you will be able to preserve it year after year without any rust or degradation of the furniture at all. This is very key to making your patio furniture last a life time. If your steel patio sets will be in areas with a lot of direct sunlight, patio umbrellas are a must as an add-on. Why sit uncomfortably squinting into the sun when you can avoid both the light and the heat through the protection of a well placed umbrella? This accessory will also help to ensure that your steel patio sets and other accessories are not bleached by the sunlight. One final accessory that you will need for your steel patio sets are patio chair cushions. Sitting directly on steel or wood surfaces can be quite uncomfortable - but with cushions, youll be able to enjoy your furniture for hours on end as comfortably as if you were inside on your couch.
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