Shari Dickson. Patios. October 11th , 2018.
Most of you will want to do some serious barbequing on your patio and some go as far as installing complete outdoor kitchens. Once again, before you spend that kind of money make sure you have all the appropriate permits. Unless you are a serious do-it-yourself type person, you will probably want to consult a professional about making that kind of commitment. You may also want to consider building a grill island and these can become quite expensive.
It seems that everywhere I go lately, I see patios: houses, offices, hospitals, restaurants, and spas. You name it, I've seen it there. They are becoming increasingly popular amongst South African gardens of all kinds and everyone is jumping at the opportunity to have it built onto their homes.
This is not a small project, and definitely not one to take lightly. You do not want to make any errors, because it can cost you time, effort and money. In order to reduce the risk of making mistakes, you need to know exactly what your patio needs to be: you need to decide on colour, design, style and material, where it should be situated, how big it should be and if it should be separate from the house. So, start searching for information on the biggest information system in the world: the internet. Look at different product and material overviews, product comparison sites and endless colour charts. Request quotes on materials, paints and even smaller detail like furniture and d?cor product. Use different elements and mix and match to achieve the best look; the creative possibilities are endless! But if you are more of a contact type of person, visit various home improvement centres. Gather samples and compare them to each other. You are bound to come up with amazing patio ideas.
2) Create a gathering area. If you have the money, its nice to build a pergola, or even set up a simple outdoor canopy. But if you can't afford that, just gather a bunch of chairs together. Get some chairs that serve as side tables, too, and possibly a little table.
A good number patio ideas will include investing in lots of great flowers. Pick up intriguing containers to put on the patio, kinds with color and texture. Next fill the pots with herbs such as basil, mint, oregano and cilantro. A majority of these will add an enjoyable scent as well as produce fresh cuttings for salads and also other dishes. There are lots of vegetables that also do remarkably in containers. Raising the vegetables in baskets also makes them easier to maintain and keep bug free.
What type of weather you have is also important as the patio must be made out of something that is durable for the conditions. If you live in a place where there is either extreme cold or hot weather, you may want to consider covering and protecting your new patio as much as possible. It is amazing how much damage both hot and cold weather can do to rock and almost any other material you may choose to make your patio design idea out of.
Your patio ideas will start to sparkle with your choice of plants. Traditional summer bedding plants often sold by garden centres for use in hanging baskets are candidates. Pelargoniums and standard trailing geraniums in searing red really punch out from a white background. Trailing fuchsias can look stunning. But don't stop there. Add some ferns, evergreens, grasses or even a selection of succulents. Feeling crazy? Then how about some cherry tomatoes or strawberries for some random planting punctuation!
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