Feeling Cooped Up? Sprawl Out Into The Patio of Your Dreams!May 1, 2015
Sometimes as adults we get busy and don’t get enough time outside. But your mom was right when she said you had to get fresh air once in awhile. Your patio is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the outdoors while still indulging in the comforts of home.
Whether you are redoing your patio, or starting from scratch, follow these suggestions and before you know it, you’ll be sitting in your favourite deck chair sipping lemonade.
Style is everything
Think about your personal style, ask yourself, “What is the theme and feeling I want to enjoy?” Don’t be afraid to tap into your wild side. Your patio is the place to go vibrant with colours, and eye-popping patterns like stripes or dots or flowers. Or, if you like a woodsier feel go neutral and stick to browns, greens, and whites. You can even go as far as camouflaging your patio with the greenery that surrounds it.
Beyond colours and patterns, a theme can go a long way. Think about where your home is located. Can you see the ocean? Go with nautical colours and shapes. Are you in a neighbourhood with kids? Then maybe fun is the theme. Are you at the lake house relaxing? Use soft, off-white colours like tan or even soft pink or greens to really sink into relaxation. Are you at the hunting cabin? Get fired up with animal prints. Match your theme with your location and it will take off in the space.
Show off your creativity
Use different coloured and shaped stones to create art under your feet that can also serve as a functional walkway. Also look into rugs. Not only can they be used to wipe your feet before entering your home, they can make an outdoor space feel that much homier, clean, and put together. Think about getting a rug that is the opposite shape of your patio. If you have a square patio, a circular rug can really stand out in all the right ways. Think outside of the popular rectangular or square shaped patios. Go with an oval or round deck. Or create layers with multiple levels of shapes!
Keep warm and get a fire pit
You’re kids will love to roast marshmallows and hotdogs. You will love it for the coziness and how it can bring everyone together. And, if you have the capability, go as far as to install a fireplace. A fireplace can be even more fashionable on your patio, than a regular fire pit and you can do a lot more with it. Some outdoor fireplaces can actually be converted to a wood burning pizza oven.
Tip: Check with municipal by-laws first; there may be restrictions or safety rules you have to take into consideration before adding a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard oasis.
Stay cool: Get out of the sun
Maybe you need a ceiling or pergola to your patio or at least something to cover it. If you have a ceiling already, look for an outdoor ceiling fan, preferably a remote controlled one for maximum relaxation. Or if a pergola is more your style, look to add some vines that can give you a living cover. And if things are really hot, going for lighter coloured paint, fabrics, and patio flooring can mean all the difference.
Get ready to grill
Let’s face it, everyone wants and needs a BBQ paradise, and an outdoor kitchen can really take the heat off in the summer. Shelving and hooks can go a long way to hold all your condiments, utensils, outdoor dinner ware, and even your chef’s hat and apron. Treat yourself to an outdoor fridge to store food and drink at an arms length away. And don’t forget the dining area; whether you want a more rustic feel with metal, wicker, or fabric covered chairs, make sure it is all rain ready!
Be one with the birds
Add a variety of bird accessories because face it, birds are going to make nests and come into your patio area, you are in their territory after all. Make them feel at home too, and if you like watching birds this can be a great way to do it. Birdbaths and planters can be used interchangeably. Turn that old, leaky birdbath into a trendy planter, or take the hanging planter and make it into a birdbath. Another trendy trick is to make your own bird feeder out of old bottles, milk jugs, or pickling jars.
Protect your patio
Don’t forget to make sure that your renovations are protected. Before you begin any major construction, it’s always a good idea to let your insurance professional know. You want to make sure that you are not unknowingly violating one of your home insurance policy’s statutory conditions and find yourself without insurance if something goes wrong.
Your insurance company may also require a copy of your contractor’s liability policy in order to make sure they are covered if someone is hurt on the construction area.