Everything You Need To Know For Patio Perfection
If you’ve been thinking about putting in a patio, you should know that there is no better time than right now to do it. Spring is almost here in Marin County, and with summer right around the corner, getting a patio installed now gives you the chance to enjoy it to the fullest before the cold sets back in. Of course, with the right kind of planning, even winter can be a great time to enjoy your patio!
Before setting out on a patio adventure, there are a couple of things you need to do first:
1. Plan the Purpose of Your Patio
What overall purpose is your patio going to serve? This is going to go a long way to helping to plan out the size and shape. Are you looking for an area to entertain guests? Are you primarily interested in eating outdoors? Enjoying fires at night? Sitting and watching the birds? If you’re looking for a patio for private use only, your needs will be very different than someone who hopes to host elaborate outdoor parties.
2. Plan The Size and Shape of Your Patio
Once you know what you hope to use the patio for, the next obvious thing you’re going to need to figure out is where your patio will go and how big it will be. Keep the purpose of your patio in mind as you think about questions like: Do you want the patio to stretch the length of the house? Do you want to only take a corner of the yard? Is it going to be big enough for large gatherings, or do you want to keep it small and intimate? This is also a good time to plan out things like a fire pit or other specific areas of interest.
3. Decide on Materials
Now that you have an idea of the size, shape, and purpose of your patio, you can start to look at materials, which will go a long way towards your final cost. The most common options are poured concrete, paving stones, brick, and natural stone. Each one will give your patio a different look and feel, from very decorative to more functional and practical, so again, keeping the purpose of your patio in mind during this step is important.
4. Check Restrictions
Some neighborhoods will have zoning laws that might restrict what you can and can’t put into your backyard. In some cases, a permit might be required. In addition, it will be necessary to make sure your patio will not be covering important things like buried lines, cables, plumbing, or septic tanks. If it is, then you could be looking at situations down the line where your patio would need to get torn up to facilitate a repair. To avoid this, make sure you know where any buried items might be, and plan to work around them.
Of course, this is a lot of work to try and tackle on your own, which is where we come in. Our experts can help you plan and install the perfect patio for all of your needs. If you’d like to learn more about this, learn about the materials available, or speak to us about costs or scheduling, please don’t hesitate to do so!