When planning your patio there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. The last thing you want to do is blow the budget due to lack of planning, and a non-functional design. Keep these things in mind when planning your patio:
- Plan the dimensions of your patio to be an increment of the stone you use to reduce cutting.
- Work with the grade of your backyard to avoid building excessive retaining walls.
- Use the soil taken from excavation and use it to build berms or raised beds to avoid disposal.
Planning and Placement
Patios are best placed where their site takes advantage of the outdoor conditions surrounding it. A location that gets sun and shade at different times may allow you to spend more time outdoors in more favorable conditions. An interlock or stone patio that wraps around the corner of a house usually provides these options with a sheltering wall for sun and wind.
Work With Your Yard
Don’t rule out building your patio where you want because of trees, rocks, hills or other obstacles. Patios are often most attractive when they make use of difficult terrain features. A patio over multilevel has the ability to step its way up or down a hill and create different visual levels. Patios including or incorporating existing rocks and boulders create different textures. Trees in the middle of a patio can add shade and texture.