Leta West. Patios. October 23rd , 2018.
Summer is here, and if you need some great patio ideas to spruce up the look of your yard, you aren't alone. Even if you don't have a huge budget to work with, you can really make your patio look great. When you spend some time making your patio look gorgeous, you'll look at the area as an extension of your home and you'll want to use it more often. Give yourself permission to get creative and really infuse your patio with your own personal style. Patios are a great place to spend time reading a book, sipping some tea, or catching up with friends and family.
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.
4) Add night bloomers. There are night-blooming plants that can be surprisingly effective for a nighttime garden. Many vines like moonflower bloom only at night, and the smell of honeysuckle in the evening is divine. Also consider plants that may not look amazing, but smell amazing. Sticking some herbs in between flagstones can be effective -- as people walk on them, the smell is delicious.
Enjoy outdoor living and create a relaxing atmosphere with very creative patio ideas. Imagine a backyard with an inviting patio on which to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries or just great friends. If you'd like to make the most out of your outside living space convert it into a multi-use area. Patio designs that may include an outdoor kitchen and containers full of herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers aren't only beautiful but practical too.
Patios can be made from many different types of materials. Increasingly popular is cast concrete. When polished this leaves a super-smooth surface that maintains its heat in the colder evening periods and allows the owner to walk about in bare feet in comfort. This concrete can be stained to match any color choice and this permeates the entire thickness of the concrete and so never wears out.
Like all projects, start by putting a draft plan in place first before anything else. Set aside a budget for patio renovation. Estimate the time frame to get everything done. Most importantly, draw a layout plan of your existing patio. Take down the measurements of the structure, note especially those fixtures that are not easily movable. The layout plan will serve as a guide when you scout around for outdoor patio ideas. It helps you to focus on the types of design that work for a patio of similar structure and footage.
Wrap up your paper research. It's time to go see the real world. A simple look around your neighborhood will open up your eyes but don't stop there. Public parks and pedestrian malls can inspire you too. Actually seeing how outdoor patio ideas are incorporated into real life designs will help concrete your own idea. You will see how the different types of patio furniture and ground can interact to give you the ambiance you want to create.
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