There are plenty of good reasons to add a deck or patio to your home. Getting out of the house and into the fresh air is good for your body and mind. And having an outdoor living space not only gives you a place to relax and unwind. It also adds value to your home.
But chances are you’re thinking about putting in a deck or patio because there’s something you want to do with it, whether it’s backyard entertaining or creating your own personal outdoor oasis.
Either way, you’ll want to get lots of ideas and plan carefully. Because what you don’t want is regret. After all, there may be something you’ll absolutely love that you just haven’t thought of yet.
Don’t forget to keep the outdoors in your outdoor living space. Built-in planter boxes let you add seasonal color and texture, not to mention real charm. Plants that cascade and overflow their boxes will make sure your man-made space has just the right touch of natural softness. You can think up, too, with latticework or pillars that you can decked with climbing roses or floral vines.
Fantastic lighting options abound, from bare lightbulbs strung across the space to paper lanterns to wall sconces.
Fireplace: A fireplace makes any space more inviting, and nothing beats a warm fire on a cool evening. For outdoor entertaining, it adds light and ambience that simply can’t be beat. If you want your outdoor living to be more casual, imagine a fire pit where the family can make the perfect s’mores.
It can be as simple as a built-in space for the grill. Add a wrap-around bar with seating, or go all out with a stovetop, oven, even a brick oven for spectacular outdoor entertaining.
A cover over your patio is perfect for shade and can be a beautiful place to grow vines to create a truly romantic atmosphere. Be creative with what holds them up, too. Wooden beams, latticework, traditional columns, or stone pillars will each create a unique effect.
Consider including seating in your design with built-in benches that can double as boundaries to the space. You can also add a bar or even a built-in stone table, so all you have to add are the chairs.
A patio doesn’t have to be all squares or rectangles. Play with the possibility of multiple levels and shapes. You can even create a stunning round patio by arranging stone, brick, or tiles in spiral or circular patterns. And you definitely don’t have to stick to a single material. Mix wood with stone or brick, or use stones of different colors and textures to get the most out of your design.
Or keep it simple (and versatile) with a flat patio that you can dress up to match whatever you need. You can arrange and rearrange furniture, planters, lighting, and accessories for the season or for your next event.