Tuesday, 19 June 2012

How to Determine the Size of Your Backyard Patio

Having a backyard patio is one of those features that can really add value to your property and make your house a destination place for family and friends.  A well-constructed patio has the potential to completely transform your yard, but that transformation may not be what you want if the patio isn’t the right size. 

It’s important to take the time to determine the right size for your patio before you start digging and building.  A patio that is too small will leave everyone feeling cramped and one that’s too big will leave a lot of wasted space in your yard.  Follow a few simple steps to figure out the ideal size for your backyard patio. 

How Much Space?

Perhaps the primary factor that will determine the size of your backyard patio is how much available space you have to build it.  You must measure your year carefully before you start the planning process. 

You’ll also have to take the shape of the yard and any other features into consideration when figuring out how much space you have.  If you have a pool or other permanent fixtures that will affect how much space you have, and if you have kids you might not want to eat up too much of their play space.  Try to take all of the different factors into consideration, then designate a section of usable space for a patio.  You might not end up using it all, but at least you’ll know how much can be used and where it is within the yard. 

What’s It For?

Before you get to work, it’s wise to figure out what you’ll be using the patio for.  Do you plan on using it as a place to lounge in the evenings or afternoons and catch up on your reading?  Do you want to use it as a second kitchen in the summer?  Do you want it to be the neighborhood summer party destination?

Deciding what you want to use your patio for shouldn’t be the sole factor that determines the size, but it will help you with the design elements.  If you plan on cooking and eating out there, you’ll need the equipment and furniture to do that.  You may also want a fireplace, space for couches or any number of accessories that match your desires. 

How Many People?

After you figure out how much space you have and what you’re going to use it for, you can decide roughly how many people will be using it on a regular basis.  If you only have a limited space available in the yard, this step may be irrelevant, but if you have a lot of space, this will help. 

As an example, if you have half the yard, but you only want it for yourself and your immediate family, you won’t need all that space.  However, if you plan on hosting parties with 20 or more people, you’ll probably need as much space as you can get.  Take your time and really try to envision what your backyard patio life will be like, and you’ll end up with exactly what you want.

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