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How to design a patio

If you have any desire to sit outside in your garden, no matter how large or tiny, a thoughtful patio design will make all the difference. Over the next two weeks we take you through the benefits of a patio, how to design it and how to choose the right patio style for your home.

Part 1 covers the main materials you can make your patio from and the styles you can create from them.

Part 2 (next week) details the steps involved in designing your own patio

1. What Is a Patio?

How to design a patio

Modern Riven Stone Patio. Photo by russwitherington1/iStock / Getty Images

A patio is an area of hard landscaping close to a house that is designed as a solid base for garden furniture.

While garden furniture can be placed on lawns, this leaves marks in the grass each time the furniture moves slightly. Lawns in many places are also prone to be muddy and not always the most comfortable or stable base for seats and tables. Similarly, furniture housed in areas of gravel are prone to movement. Not to mention being uncomfortable to walk on in bare feet or heels.

A stunning patio really sets the tone for the rest of the garden. and so it is worth taking some time to consider the design. Patios that suit the architecture of the house will always work best.

There are many options for patio finishes but be careful not to choose on aesthetics alone. A good patio is an investment in your home. Balance cost with longevity. Think of maintenance. Consider your skill level if you plan to DIY build (or the skill of your landscape contractor if you plan to outsource).

2. Patio Construction 101

Before you consider designing your patio some understanding of what is involved in it’s construction is important. Not least when planning your budget. All of the patio materials described below need to be laid on an appropriate substructure. This is needed to provide a stable base for paving materials, allowing them to sustain the effects of weather and bear the load of regular use.

Often the patio needs to be laid on a slight (but exact) slope to drain rainwater from the paving to avoid damage to it or to your home. Don’t make the mistake of simply pricing the cost of your paving when designing your patio. The labour and other materials involved in creating you a long-lasting feature will need to be a major part of the budget.

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The layers needed to make a stable base for your patio.

First, the exact situation of the patio and drainage slope needs to be marked out accurately on site. All installations will require existing surface material to be removed and disposed of. The topsoil needs to be dug out to the correct depth.

The exposed subsoil will then need to be levelled and compacted. This will be covered by a layer of granular sub-base material of appropriate depth for your conditions. A firm sub-base is compacted properly by machine. Note that permeable paving (which lets rainwater drain through the patio rather than run off from it into another area) requires a different type of sub-base (known as DTp2) to non-permeable paving (DTp1).

What then goes between the prepared sub-base and your top patio layer is known as the bedding layer. Types of bedding layer vary according to your soil and environmental conditions, type of paving and user requirements. The main options are usually a continuous bed of concrete or a layer of sand with or without some cement mixed in. Porcelain paving requires an additional primer layer to firmly adhere the tiles to the bedding layer.

The final step is to fill the gaps between the paving slabs or tiles with mortar, sand or a specialist jointing compound depending on your choice of patio material and construction method. Some patio materials benefit from being sealed or impregnated with specialist compounds that protect the stone- but others definitely do not. Contact your supplier for best advice.

Overall do please make sure that you discuss construction method with whoever will be laying your patio and make sure you satisfy yourself that they have the appropriate skill.

How to plan and lay out a patio. Get advice for designing a patio and ensuring that you know the key considerations for a successful patio. Learn the things to consider when planning and designing a patio area for your garden including position, size and shape, pattern and materials you can use.

There are many things to take into consideration when thinking about adding a patio to your garden. A patio could just be a simple paved area directly outside the house, it could be a Mediterranean-style outdoor living area, or it could be a secluded dining area at the bottom of the garden.

Position of Your Patio

Think about when you are most likely to use your patio, and choose a site that will catch the sun at that time – it could be facing the evening sun for al fresco dining, or in full sun all day to make a nice suntrap. It may seem easiest to just add a patio outside your back door, but if the house casts shade on the area you won’t get much benefit from it.

Of course, you may want to avoid the sun altogether, choosing a shady area where you can sit and enjoy a cool drink in summer. Shelter and privacy are important factors – patios are traditionally enclosed by walls, screens or tall plants – although you want a nice sunny spot, you don’t want to be blown away in the breeze or overlooked by neighbours or passers-by. A sheltered, private area will also provide security for any furniture, barbecues etc left out.

Size, Shape and Levels of Your Patio

If you are planning to use your patio as a dining area, make sure there is enough space not only for the table and chairs, but also to move the chairs away from the table and walk around it. You don’t want someone leaning back to relax and falling off the edge of the patio!

Measure the area and mark out with a long length of hosepipe, leaving down for a few days if you can. this way you can see if it really is in the right place and right size before you start any work!

If you are planning to incorporate a barbecue or fire pit into the area, ensure you leave enough space around it so your diners aren’t roasted; likewise if you want to add in a pond, make sure there is enough space to walk safely around it.

Although a standard square or rectangular patio may be easier for laying slabs, look at the area you’re planning to create your patio in and think about whether a curved edge may suit it better.

You need to consider materials at the same time as the shape, as the material you choose may dictate the shape of the area.

There are some very attractive and easy to lay circular or semi-circular patio paving kits on the market. Conversely, if you like the idea of a circular feature, the area doesn’t have to be circular – you can usually purchase ‘squaring off’ slabs, so that your feature circle can be incorporated into a square area.

Your local garden centre or builders’ merchant may have catalogues of patio paving options, to give you some inspiration.

You can add interest to your patio by having either the whole patio, or a part of it, on a different level to the rest of the garden – bear in mind that not everyone finds steps easy though.

Patio constructed using sand stone slabs

Patio example constructed using slate slabs

Patio constructed using quarry slabs featuring a stepped area and wall

Materials and Patterns for a Patio

This is where it can get really tricky – choosing the right material for your patio, and what pattern to lay it in. There are so many options available, it can be difficult to decide what’s right for you. Cost will be a major factor – you may fall in love with some beautiful Cornish slate slabs, but will they fit the budget?

There are a huge range of patio paving slabs on the market, from cheap, plain concrete slabs, through stone-effect concrete, to real stone – slate, York stone, reclaimed flag stones, cobbles; all in a variety of colours and textures. You might even choose to use bricks or pavers – the warm colours and an elegant basket weave or herringbone pattern can look very effective.

It might be worth finding and visiting your local reclamation yard – they often have a range of attractive reclaimed stone paving, and some stock new slabs too.

When choosing a colour, try to pick something that will contrast well with the surroundings – if there is a pale painted wall on one side of the patio, perhaps pick a darker stone colour. Light slabs will create a lot of glare in the sun; darker colours produce a warmer effect, and will retain heat from the sun for longer.

You also need to be sure that the material you choose complements the surroundings – if you live in an old stone house, modern concrete slabs are likely to look out-of-place. The reverse is also true – old, reclaimed flag stones may not look right next to a modern building.

Features for a Patio Area

It’s nice to include an interesting focal point in your patio area. This could be a pattern in the paving itself, or an additional feature.

Fire pits are becoming very popular, and you might like to build one in to your patio area. Or a corner with a collection of brightly-coloured potted plants can add interest. If you want to include plants, you might also consider leaving out a couple of slabs, creating squares that can be filled with fragrant herbs or bright flowers.

You could create a brick or stone seating area that rises smoothly from the stone of the patio, or a built-in brick barbecue.

A water feature is a nice addition – stand-alone, gently bubbling water features are available in most large garden centres. Or you could build in a raised formal pond with wide edges that double as a seating area.

Lighting is also something to consider – if your patio is directly outside the house you can easily install an outdoor light, but if your patio is further away from the house electric lighting might not be an option. There are a wide range of solar lights and oil lanterns available that can turn your patio area into an enchanting grotto as dusk falls.

All project content written and produced by Mike Edwards , founder of DIY Doctor and industry expert in building technology.

  • How to design a patio

How to design a patio

How to design a patio

How to design a patio

Large homes, larger lots and a sizable budget are the criteria of a large patio. Outdoor living areas must remain in scale with the structure and the surroundings, but creating large expanses of paving is not the answer. Landscape architects focus on their design criteria linked to the client’s lifestyle, then meet those needs in the most efficient, attractive way possible.

It is easy for a large landscape to be broken down into smaller use areas that may not appear separate, but they are individualized by their particular use. These are the driving force behind patio layout so that the various interests can be linked either by pedestrian access or visual experience.

Adam Heath of Mid Atlantic Enterprise, is a Virginia landscaper who knows large, expansive projects. “I can’t stand a big patio for the sake of a big patio,” he says. “It’s just like a house. Interiors aren’t open cavernous spaces because they are hard to furnish and the circulation is vague. Outdoors we use banding in the paving to visually break up a large space.” Such design in the paving helps to subliminally tell users where outdoor rooms are located and it also helps to bring smaller spaces together. “Often you need a lot more green space to offset all the paving. That’s why we are keen on creating planted areas within the larger paving area. We love raised planters because they also provide the opportunity for convenient seatwalls.

  • Pro Tip: I don’t like having my cooking and eating in the same place. You don’t cook in the dining room.—Adam Health, Mid Atlantic Enterprise

Corey Bittner of New York’s luxury landscapers, Neave Group Outdoor Solutions specializes in large residential projects. “Larger patios are the most popular option for our customers. We use color inlay with pavers and stone to create an outdoor rug under where the dining table is located. One of our projects featured a space so large we had no choice but to integrate raised beds to interrupt all that open space.”

These landscapers all agree that planting is the most effective way to mitigate overly large paved patios. In Michigan, Chris Major of Blue Ridge Landscaping is a master planting designer. “You can have a fantastic patio, but if you’re not incorporating softer tones of plants, it won’t feel comfortable. Plants are very important at every level whether draping down retaining walls or popping out of flagstone cracks. The planting is such a vital element that we take a natural approach and it’s the right choice as landscapes mature. Planting design makes outdoor living spaces fit better into the natural world.”

Key to patio design is knowing just how much space is required for each use so that the design responds to these very concrete demands. For example, the number of sit down diners to accommodate is directly related to the amount of square footage dedicated for the dining area. Furniture must fit here too so that outdoor living spaces are designed large enough for groupings that contribute to a festive enjoyable space.

Adam Heath also believes that there are alternatives to large patios by creating a carefully designed series of smaller more human scale spaces. “In a recent project we created two circular patios with steppers linking them through a green space. We created one patio for dining and grilling with the other one functioning more like an outdoor room such as a den. The client desired to possibly expand the grilling area in the future, so we built it all sleeved out for gas, electric and water for future use.”

A patio roof can make using your patio very comfortable in the summer months. Patio covers can be constructed of many different types of materials, and designing one that will provide you with shelter from the sun can be a simple process.

Patio Roof Materials

Patio roof covers can be constructed of wood, plastic, vinyl, and fabric. For long-lasting results, choose a material that is sturdy and stable.

Wood roof covers are the easiest to build as you can easily find the materials needed at any home improvement center. With the help of a few friends, you can complete your project over the course of a weekend.

Plastic patio roofs are very inexpensive to construct and the materials can usually be found at a home improvement retailer. The disadvantage of a roof made from plastic is that it is not very sturdy and will need to be repaired or replaced frequently, particularly in areas with extreme weather.

Fabric is also an excellent patio roof material. Many retractable covers are made with fabric that is attached to an awning frame that swings out to extend over the patio. You will, however, need to make sure you take extra steps to care for your fabric to keep it from tearing, molding, or rotting.

Designing the Patio Roof

Once you have decided which material you want to use, your next step is to decide the desired dimensions of your patio roof. Many people choose to only cover part of their patio with a roof, allowing the rest of the patio space to be used for outdoor activities and features like a barbecue or hot tub.

Building the Patio Roof

Here are some step-by-step instructions for a basic patio roof design that is detached from the building beside your patio. Keep in mind that this is just one example provided to give you an idea of what you’re dealing with.

Step 1 – Get Your Dimensions

Measure the area where you want to install the patio roof cover. Then, draw a chalk line along the outlined area for placement guidelines.

Step 2 – Construct the Vertical Posts

Put a cement footing at each corner of the intended patio roof space and attach anchors to each footing. Take four pieces of 4×4 lumber and cut them to the desired height of your patio cover, keeping in mind that the footings will add a little extra height to the final product. Then, take a drill with a 5/8-inch bit and put a hole in each end of the posts. Secure each post to an anchor on the cement footings before you finish off the posts by using a bolt to attach a post cap at the top of each.

Step 3 – Finish Frame

Next, cut four 4x8s to create horizontal posts. These posts will stretch between each vertical post, so they need to be cut to the exact length and width of your patio cover, based on your earlier measurements. Secure each horizontal piece with bolts to the 4x4s.

Step 4 – Attach Rafters

Using 2×6 lumber, cut rafter pieces to sit on top of the horizontal 4x8s. These cuts should be equal to the length these boards will be spanning, whether it is the length or the width of the cover. Place the rafter boards every 16 inches and secure them to horizontal posts with nails hammered in at an angle. This will prevent twisting.

Step 5 – Create a Top Cover

Finally, you’ll need to cover the rafters. For this you can actually use a length of fabric, cut and sewn to the cover dimensions, or ship lap plywood. Nail the plywood into place by anchoring the pieces to the rafter boards every 12 inches. It is best to anchor the fabric as well, with nails or staples, so it doesn’t blow away in the wind.

There are several options for customization with this basic design, including but not limited to paint, stain, and fabric choice for the top cover. Get creative to make something uniquely you!

Also, do not forget to use finishes and outdoor protectant on your wood and fabric for this type of patio cover to make sure it lasts as long as possible.

If your outdoor space isn’t quite ready for entertaining, don’t worry. Here are simple ways to punch up your patio on a shoestring budget.

*Cost and time estimates below are based on a 12×12 patio area.

Packed Gravel

Gravel is a terrific choice for affordability and ease of installation. Start by marking the area for the patio and digging out the grass. Make sure the base is level and compact using a tamper. To keep grass from encroaching on the patio, you can use landscape edging, treated wood or bricks as a border. Line the area with landscaping fabric to block the weeds and allow it to drain. Spread the gravel so it is 4 to 5 inches thick, and pack it in tightly with a tamper.

Cost estimate: $560
Time estimate: 1/2 day

Crushed Stone

How to design a patio

Crushed stone is typically something you would use as a base material for pavers, but we’ve found that it makes for a great patio space on its own. Once you tamp it down and wet it, it becomes a solid surface. You can use the same border material as you would for a gravel patio. This is also a great option if you plan to lay pavers later, as you’ll already have your base ready to go.

Cost estimate: $430
Time estimate: 1 day

Pavers

After you laid, tamped and wet the base material, and it has formed a solid surface, then you’re ready for the pavers. Pavestone pavers come in a wide variety of patterns, sizes and materials. Lay out the pavers and top with topping sand to lock the pavers in place.

Cost estimate: $1,560
Time estimate: 2 days

Concrete Forms

How to design a patio

Using concrete forms, such as WalkMaker from Quikrete, is another great option for patios. Although made of concrete, they can be made to look like bricks or stones, and can be customized by adding color to the concrete mix or staining after the concrete has dried.

Cost estimate: $1,480
Time estimate: 2 days

If you are looking to revamp your backyard to enhance your living space and create an area for your family and friends to gather and enjoy the outdoors, consider building a patio. No home is complete without a beautiful outdoor living space for children to play on, entertaining guests, or just enjoying one another’s company in a relaxing outside environment. Designing outdoor patios for your home will not only increase its resale value, but also add to your family’s quality of life. Simple patio designs and photos show that there are countless options to choose from when it comes to building your outdoor space, and each design has its own advantages and disadvantages.

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When factoring in the location, size, and style of your home, it is important to select the best outdoor patio design based on your needs to ensure that your exterior living space is both functional and attractive. The best way to choose the right patio design plans is to find inspiration from photos. Enjoy large photo gallery including landscaping design pictures, top 2016 decorating ideas and designer tips to help you make the most out of your space. Pictures of patios will provide you with wonderful ideas about the design of your outdoor area including the size, shape, and even materials to use. There are many different ways to design your exterior living space ranging from a simple concrete slab to elaborately arranged stone patio pavers. While the number of options to find the best patio pavers may seem daunting, it is also fun!

Patio Design Gallery

Our patio design photos will help to make the process less intimidating and aid you in becoming a creative do it yourself designer. The first step in your building process should be to choose the right material for your home. Our pictures of backyard landscaping ideas provide images of a variety of different design options with both decks and patios including most popular 2016 materials of concrete, wood, brick, and stone. Concrete is one of the top materials for outdoor use because it is durable, easy to maintain, and is able to withstand even the toughest weather conditions. Concrete also offers a wide selection of design choices ranging from simple cement slabs, to chic marble stains that are shown in our concrete patio images gallery online. Another material that is popularly used for patio flooring is stone. Stone adds a natural and elegant look to any area and is especially great for traditional styled homes.

Patio Design Ideas

There are a variety of different types, sizes, and colors of stone patio pavers to choose from, including flagstone, cobblestone, and travertine. Scroll through our stone patio pictures to see images of different designs, landscaping with rocks ideas, design layouts, and material combinations that can be used. For those homeowners who prefer a natural look, consider using stones cut into rudimentary shapes to imitate the innate structure of the rocks. For those wishing to establish a more organized look, choose stones that are cut into geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles, or circles. These simple landscape designs 2016 and decorating ideas are best used for traditional and contemporary styled homes and are referred to as pavers, which are blocks that can be made of brick, stone or concrete cut into different shapes. View our patio paver pictures to familiarize yourself with these types of materials and the outdoor designs that they can be incorporated into.

Looking for patio designs and ideas? If patio plans are on your agenda, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re building a new patio or renovating a patio, CAD Pro can help you create the perfect patio plans with these design ideas and practical patio decorating tips. Patio design software is a great way to help you create the perfect deck, shade arbor, pergola or patios that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

How to design a patio

Patio Designs and Plans

Start with These Inspiring Patio Design Tips

Make A Bold Statement
One of the best ways to make a bold statement is to add a raised garden to create a wall of color along one of the sides of your deck or patio. Colorful annuals and tender perennials like nasturtium, bidens, and snapdragons ensure a no-maintenance show all season long design statement. A good garden size is a 12’ x 4’ area.

Implement a Vegetable Garden into Your Patio Plans
Creating a vegetable garden with a small footprint is perfect for planting next to your deck or patio where fresh produce is just an arm’s length away from your kitchen. A good vegetable garden size is an 8’ x 6’. Patio design software can help you accurately layout the space required for your vegetable garden.

Enjoy Perfect Fall Days Outdoors
Soften the edges of a deck or patio designs with a fall focused garden. Ornamental grasses are the stars of these types of gardens, with mums and asters playing supporting roles and adding a lot of color at the same time. A good fall focused garden size is a 14’ x 7’ area.

Soften Patio Designs with Curves
A gentle curving garden bed is a perfect border for any patio. The plantings can be low-maintenance, so the eye-popping impact of salvia, canna, and zinnias survives even the worst summer heat. A good curved garden size is a 14’ x 9’ area.

Make A Bold Impact in Small Spaces
A narrow garden bed is a perfect complement for any deck or patio. Easy-growing plants like ‘Knock Out’ roses, boxwood, and peonies create a big show you don’t have to slave over. A good small garden size is an 18’ x 4’ area.

A Charming Checkerboard Effect
A great way to add some special effects is to edge your patio with orange nasturtiums and white osteospermum in a pocket-sized garden. The annuals can be swapped out each year for a new color scheme therefore offering a new look each year for your patio designs. A good small checkerboard garden size is a 6’ x 10’ area.

Spring Blooms are Ideal
A long and narrow garden bed is an ideal way to add interest to the end of a deck or patio. As the spring stars fade, fill in your garden area with your favorite summer-flowering annuals to extend your gardening styles. A good spring bloom garden size is a 15’ x 6’ area.

Create a Shady Rest Area
A shady rest area can consist of large shrubs, decorative trees or shade arbors. This extra-easy-care garden area is the perfect way to dress up a deck or patio under the shade. A good shady rest garden size is a 18’ x 8’ area.

Patio Landscape Design Symbols
Common landscape symbols and their proper use can assist you in the creation process of your patio or landscape designs. CAD Pro includes a variety of pre-drawn symbols and landscape auto-shapes which save time and money. You can also create any type of custom symbols you may require and save them as patio symbols for future use, therefore saving time and money.

How to design a patio

Patio Design Software Symbols

Free Shady Rest Patio Plans with Shade Arbors
A shade arbor is an ideal way to add drama and beauty to any deck or patio. Decorate the arbor with your favorite vines, honey suckles or any of your favorite plants.

CAD Pro offers free do it yourself patio design plans and projects that you can customize to fit your specific needs, this is one of the easiest ways to start any weekend patio project. Free Plans include; Outdoor Kitchens, Deck Plans, Detached Garden Sheds, Tree houses and Shade Arbors, just to mention a few.

Award Winning Patio Design Software
Patio design software can make creating the yard of your dreams much easier. CAD Pro’s award-winning design software, lets you design, visualize, and document your landscape ideas clearly and efficiently. Quickly design residential or commercial landscape plans.

CAD Pro offers a full set of easy-to-use landscape design features that allow you to create any type of landscape or garden drawings for outdoor living areas. You can design complete landscape projects and quickly add them to your floor plan or plot plan.

“…CAD Pro is excellent for quick and efficient work.”
Emily K., Sacramento, CA

Patio and Landscape Design with Interactive Web Features
Share your patio designs and drawings on the internet with linked photos, detailed notes, or voice instructions. CAD Pro is the only landscape software that offers these interactive features.

  • Record your ideas and incorporate voice instructions into your landscape designs.
  • Add pop-up text memos to support areas in plant, trees and shrub details.
  • Pop-up photos will transform your ideas into designs you can visualize.
  • Share your designs as a PDF.

Custom gardening and landscape plans from CAD Pro have helped thousands of nurseries, landscape contractors and custom home builders streamline their workflow while producing professional results for clients and colleagues.

CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, professional designers, builders and contractors plan and design all types of patio design plans. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors as well as the National Association of Landscape professionals.

Cad Pro software is an affordable and easy alternative to other design programs. Cad Pro is great for creating custom home plans, building plans, office plans, construction details, and much more.

If you are looking into designing and building your own garden patio, you’ll need some ideas.

There are some obvious advantages in having a patio:

  • Stress-free maintenance – it is easy to maintain your patio area.
  • Patio comes in various designs and colour schemes.
  • Longer lasting – patios can have a long lifespan.
  • Many designs to suit a variety of properties.

There are a wide range of patio designs ranging from intricate patterns that are bespoke to you or a minimalistic design that is distinguished and stylish. You don’t even necessarily have to hire professionals to build your own patio.

Key things to think about when designing your patio

There are many things you would need to consider when designing your own garden patio. First thing you should to consider with your patio is regarding the space that you have available to lay patio in your garden.

There are many designs that can look very different depending on the size of your patio. Patios come in all different sizes and depending on the space you have available, and can be a factor in which design of patio would look best in your garden.

Deciding on what size your patio should be is imperative. Obviously, garden size is a key factor, but making sure you pick the right size area for your patio in your garden can be tricky. If you would only like a small patio area for instance, there is no reason why you cannot have a chic patio that really has the wow factor.

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How do you decide on this? You need to work out what your main activities will be on your patio. Whether you will be using it to host barbecues for your family and friends or whether you will be relaxing in the sunshine on your own with perhaps some reading material and just sunbathing! You will have to roughly work out how many people will be using the space on a regular basis and the kind of furniture you are looking to move onto your patio.

There are so many different patio designs you can consider for your garden. Let’s take a look at 10 different designs…

1. Split level patio

A great idea to really give your patio area a cutting edge is to perhaps add another level to your garden area and create a ‘split level’ patio. This would be an ideal way of perhaps dividing your dining area away from a ‘lounging’ or sunbathing area. This would also create a spectacular look for your garden. A separate level for the patio area would also divide your house from the rest of the garden allowing you a little more freedom for creativity for floral arrangement away from the house!

2. Brick patio

Of course the shape of your patio area can determine this. If you have a circular area for your patio, you can incorporate a pattern into your patio area (rounded patio to be covered later!). If your chosen material for your patio is brick, then you can choose a brick work pattern that would complement your garden quite nicely. In fact brickwork tends to be one of the more popular choices for a driveway as well as a garden patio because of the way the design can hold its colour and display longevity over other patio materials. And with a curved patio in particular, brickwork can look very stylish.

3. Mosaic patio

If you really want to impress your friends and family with your patio design, then look no further than designing your patio with mosaic tiles. Mosaic patio tiling can prove to be very spectacular when designed with a specific pattern or even with a flash of artistic flair in recreating a picture or symbol that means something to you. You could recreate a piece of artwork, or a logo that you think will add something a little different and bespoke to your garden.

4. Stone patio

Natural stone can come in a variety of different styles- slate, quartzite, bluestone, yorkstone, limestone and flagstone but to name a few. Natural stone can cost a fair bit more as it is quarried and would need to be shipped in. The style of patio design you can go for would differ dramatically depending on the natural stone you have chosen. If you had a limestone design in the house then you may want to continue the theme on your patio.

5. Poured concrete patio

I’m going to be honest with you; personally, I think that a poured concrete patio floor can be quite drab and very plain and would also need a fair amount of maintenance and is also a type of patio can discolour very quickly. The price of laying such patio would come in as fairly cheap compared to other materials but would certainly not turn the heads of guests to your garden. That being said, if you are looking for an option to house an array of outdoor furniture or perhaps an area for entertaining the kids, then this option could be for you.

6. Rounded patio

With a rounded patio, you can create a focal point for your garden. You can use the design to bring in a table and dining chairs, fire pit or a barbecue to act as a centrepiece for your rounded patio design. Your rounded patio design can blend seamlessly into the design and background to your garden. Of course, this does depend on the space you have planned for your garden patio.

7. Square patios

The square design is the most common shape for a patio. If you were looking for the most cost-effective design for your patio, you would look into a square, poured concrete patio. A square patio is the perfect type of patio to host large groups, so for instance, if you are someone who likes to host barbecue parties or just garden gatherings in general then the square shaped patio may be a very good purchase for you!

8. Paved slab patio

Paved concrete slabs can withstand changes in temperatures and have a fairly long lifespan. Similar to poured concrete in the sense that it is a fairly plain choice for your patio; it is still cost effective and can provide a solid patio choice. Although paved slabs do not offer versatility with regards to creating a bespoke pattern for your patio design.

9. Free-form patio

There are a lot of different varieties of free-form patios as they are not defined by a definite shape and can be characterised by sweeping curves, broad distances and differing angles. Usually asymmetrical and tend to be involved in unique or original garden design ideas. If you were looking into using mosaic tiling for your patio floor you may look at coupling that with a free-form design for your garden. You may also look at free form patio if you are including a swimming pool in your garden.

10. Mixed design patio

You may look at creating a hybrid of a few different designs for your patio. Perhaps you would like a brick-work perimeter to surround a patio of concrete paving slabs. You may also want a rounded design in the centre of your garden to be used as a focal point for your barbecue with a mosaic style patio floor surrounding your circular limestone patio design. You may think that a mixed patio floor could fit in with your overall garden design!

So that’s it! There are almost an infinite number of ways you can create you own patio to give your garden a unique personal feel.

Looking for patio designs and ideas? If patio plans are on your agenda, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re building a new patio or renovating a patio, CAD Pro can help you create the perfect patio plans with these design ideas and practical patio decorating tips. Patio design software is a great way to help you create the perfect deck, shade arbor, pergola or patios that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

How to design a patio

Patio Designs and Plans

Start with These Inspiring Patio Design Tips

Make A Bold Statement
One of the best ways to make a bold statement is to add a raised garden to create a wall of color along one of the sides of your deck or patio. Colorful annuals and tender perennials like nasturtium, bidens, and snapdragons ensure a no-maintenance show all season long design statement. A good garden size is a 12’ x 4’ area.

Implement a Vegetable Garden into Your Patio Plans
Creating a vegetable garden with a small footprint is perfect for planting next to your deck or patio where fresh produce is just an arm’s length away from your kitchen. A good vegetable garden size is an 8’ x 6’. Patio design software can help you accurately layout the space required for your vegetable garden.

Enjoy Perfect Fall Days Outdoors
Soften the edges of a deck or patio designs with a fall focused garden. Ornamental grasses are the stars of these types of gardens, with mums and asters playing supporting roles and adding a lot of color at the same time. A good fall focused garden size is a 14’ x 7’ area.

Soften Patio Designs with Curves
A gentle curving garden bed is a perfect border for any patio. The plantings can be low-maintenance, so the eye-popping impact of salvia, canna, and zinnias survives even the worst summer heat. A good curved garden size is a 14’ x 9’ area.

Make A Bold Impact in Small Spaces
A narrow garden bed is a perfect complement for any deck or patio. Easy-growing plants like ‘Knock Out’ roses, boxwood, and peonies create a big show you don’t have to slave over. A good small garden size is an 18’ x 4’ area.

A Charming Checkerboard Effect
A great way to add some special effects is to edge your patio with orange nasturtiums and white osteospermum in a pocket-sized garden. The annuals can be swapped out each year for a new color scheme therefore offering a new look each year for your patio designs. A good small checkerboard garden size is a 6’ x 10’ area.

Spring Blooms are Ideal
A long and narrow garden bed is an ideal way to add interest to the end of a deck or patio. As the spring stars fade, fill in your garden area with your favorite summer-flowering annuals to extend your gardening styles. A good spring bloom garden size is a 15’ x 6’ area.

Create a Shady Rest Area
A shady rest area can consist of large shrubs, decorative trees or shade arbors. This extra-easy-care garden area is the perfect way to dress up a deck or patio under the shade. A good shady rest garden size is a 18’ x 8’ area.

Patio Landscape Design Symbols
Common landscape symbols and their proper use can assist you in the creation process of your patio or landscape designs. CAD Pro includes a variety of pre-drawn symbols and landscape auto-shapes which save time and money. You can also create any type of custom symbols you may require and save them as patio symbols for future use, therefore saving time and money.

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Free Shady Rest Patio Plans with Shade Arbors
A shade arbor is an ideal way to add drama and beauty to any deck or patio. Decorate the arbor with your favorite vines, honey suckles or any of your favorite plants.

CAD Pro offers free do it yourself patio design plans and projects that you can customize to fit your specific needs, this is one of the easiest ways to start any weekend patio project. Free Plans include; Outdoor Kitchens, Deck Plans, Detached Garden Sheds, Tree houses and Shade Arbors, just to mention a few.

Award Winning Patio Design Software
Patio design software can make creating the yard of your dreams much easier. CAD Pro’s award-winning design software, lets you design, visualize, and document your landscape ideas clearly and efficiently. Quickly design residential or commercial landscape plans.

CAD Pro offers a full set of easy-to-use landscape design features that allow you to create any type of landscape or garden drawings for outdoor living areas. You can design complete landscape projects and quickly add them to your floor plan or plot plan.

“…CAD Pro is excellent for quick and efficient work.”
Emily K., Sacramento, CA

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Share your patio designs and drawings on the internet with linked photos, detailed notes, or voice instructions. CAD Pro is the only landscape software that offers these interactive features.

  • Record your ideas and incorporate voice instructions into your landscape designs.
  • Add pop-up text memos to support areas in plant, trees and shrub details.
  • Pop-up photos will transform your ideas into designs you can visualize.
  • Share your designs as a PDF.

Custom gardening and landscape plans from CAD Pro have helped thousands of nurseries, landscape contractors and custom home builders streamline their workflow while producing professional results for clients and colleagues.

CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, professional designers, builders and contractors plan and design all types of patio design plans. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors as well as the National Association of Landscape professionals.

Cad Pro software is an affordable and easy alternative to other design programs. Cad Pro is great for creating custom home plans, building plans, office plans, construction details, and much more.

How to design a patio

One thing that makes moving into a new home so exciting is that you have a chance to completely customize your space. In your backyard, adding a patio not only expands your living space but also adds value to your property. Buyers are naturally drawn to homes that have beautiful outdoor spaces that are ideal for relaxing and entertaining.

As exciting as it is to start with a blank slate when designing a patio, it can also be a little bit overwhelming. It takes a lot more thought and consideration than simply buying patio furniture and setting up a barbecue. You need to carefully plan out the space, making sure that it is designed in the best way possible. If you don’t have a lot of previous experience with this process, it can be difficult to know where to start. The tips and information in the following section should help you create a one-of-a-kind patio for your home that you can be proud of.

Think About How You Plan To Use The Space

The fact that a patio can boost your home’s value is usually a compelling enough reason to consider installing one according to Patio Productions. When you really get down to it, however, it is all about creating a space that you can actually use. In order to accomplish that, you should think about the purpose of your patio. Do you primarily plan on using your patio for entertaining? Do you want to build a backyard retreat where you can get away from the stress of everyday life and relax outdoors? Do you plan on spending time on your patio with your family?

The purpose of the patio will largely dictate how it should be designed. By thinking about how you plan on using the space ahead of time, you can make smart design decisions that increase the functionality of the space. As a result, you are far more likely to actually make use of the area after it is finished.

Choose The Right Location For Your Patio

When deciding on a location for your patio, you will need to carefully evaluate your property. In most cases, there will be a couple of different options available to you. You will need to carefully compare each of these options to determine which choice is the best. Factors that you may want to consider range from the amount of sunlight the area gets each day to the area’s proximity to your neighbors.

Another thing to consider when deciding on a location is how you plan on using the space. If you decided in step one that you plan on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining, you should probably choose a location that is close to your kitchen so that it is easy to prepare and serve food.

Conversely, if you are trying to create a relaxing retreat, you may want to go for a location further away from your home or place it just off of your bedroom.

Decide On A Shape And Size For The Patio

Now that you have a good idea of how you are going to use the patio and where it is going to be located, you can start thinking about its shape and size. One of the biggest mistakes that people make when designing patios is making them too small. After the project is completed, it is better to have a space that is too large rather than one that is too little. If you have enough room, think about making your patio the same width as your house, extending it out into your yard the same distance as the height of your home.

If you don’t want a patio that large, you can determine the correct size by setting up your furniture in the area where you plan on placing the patio. Try to position everything the way that you want it after the patio is installed. This will give you a better idea of the overall size that you need to accommodate all of your furniture and accessories.

During this process, don’t forget to leave enough room for people to easily move between the furniture. Additionally, make sure every piece of furniture has at least several extra inches of space before the end of the patio.

In terms of deciding on a shape, it depends a lot on your backyard. If you already have landscaping in place, you may need to choose a shape that can accommodate your existing features. Going with a circular shape is a good option if you want to create a sense of intimacy. For entertaining, rectangular patios are usually the best choice.

Create A Focal Point

Once the basic details are out of the way, you can start thinking about how to make your patio stand out. This is where you can finally start implementing some of the creative ideas that you discovered when doing research online. From fountains and ponds to pergolas and fire pits, there are a lot of features that you can use to enhance your space.

Ideally, the features that you choose for your patio should be functional. For instance, a pergola is ideal for creating shade if your patio is located in a sunny area. A fountain can help mask the sound of noisy neighbors or can block out noise from traffic on your street. If you plan on hanging out with your family, a fire pit provides the perfect gathering place.

A final thing to keep in mind when designing your patio is that it should complement your home’s architecture. As an example, if you have a French Country home, you probably should opt for a patio design that matches rather than going with something completely opposite like a Spanish-inspired space.

If you are planning on laying a new patio or replacing an existing one, it can be an enjoyable project to design. Patios offer lots of design choices, from the size and shape of the seating area, to the pattern made by the paving slabs, to the materials used. It can be too simplistic to arrange a monotonous collection of square slabs into a precise rectangle, so why not be a little more daring with your design? Think about introducing a more dynamic shape that connects your home to the rest of the property’s exterior.

Consider using more than one type of patio paving to break up the look of your design. Or, how about adding a feature to the patio that gives it a focal point, like a pond? Once you have settled on your design you may simply want to appoint a contractor to lay it for you. However, laying your own patio can be a rewarding project to take on over the course of a few weekends. And, though it is labor intensive, it can even be fun.

Laying Freeform Slabs.

Once you have completed your ground works, by removing anything that is in the way, like weeds, mark out the area you are going to pave with pegs and string. For beginners, a right angled shape is going to be easiest to deal with. Take step back and make sure the marked area looks right and that it is in proportion. Use a roller or a compactor to flatten the space and add a layer of fine sand to even out any bumps. Now start laying your slabs from one side. Use freeform slabs of differing sizes as these are just as easy to position as regularly sized ones.

Mortar And Crazy Paving.

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Add mortar to the back of the slab you are going to lay with a trowel. For small ones, add a dab to each edge and for large ones make a cross shape from corner to corner. Place the slab carefully and tap it flat gently with a rubber mallet. Now, progress to the next slab leaving a little gap between them. For more experienced patio layers, use odd shaped slabs, commonly called ‘crazy paving’, next to one another. The gaps between them may vary a little, which gives you a bit of room for play. Use a spirit level to ensure the slabs lie flat. After two days, the mortar will have set. Fill the space between the paving slabs with some more mortar to complete the job.

The Classical Look.

If you want to recreate the look of a Roman villa in your home, try using a combination of slabs, large and small, that will give you a mosaic-like effect. For a complex design, such as this, it can be worth laying out the slabs in advance, before you reach for any mortar. Then use a marker pen to number each slab underneath so you know where to put it, prior to fixing it permanently in position.

Run Off.

Leaving some gaps between the slabs of a patio will allow for water to run off. Drainage should not be overlooked, particularly if the patio is to be positioned right next to your house. By allowing water to run off adequately you can prevent problems of damp in your home. Fill in any gaps, not already filled with mortar, with pea shingle. Alternatively, allow grass to grow through the gaps which can create a striking look as well as improving drainage.

Triangles And Curves.

If you are felling adventurous, select triangular shaped paving slabs. This can work well if the area you are paving is not going to be a regular rectangle or a square. Another striking design idea, which is a little more difficult to pull off, is to go for a circular pattern that radiates out from a central point. Circles look wonderful in long and thin gardens, because they can make the space seem wider than it actually is.

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Round Fire Pit for Entertaining

An outdoor living space in Leawood, Kan., features a round fire pit on a paver patio. The fire pit and patio use Belgard’s Mega Lafitt pavers and stones, which have the texture and look of cut flagstone.

Photo by: Belgard

Fire is a natural invitation to a gathering, so when you incorporate a fire pit into your landscape, it’s important to think about where you put it and what you’ll surround it with.

“A fire pit is an element that stands on its own,” says Los Angeles landscape designer Mitch Kalamian. “It’s very functional and makes a great patio concept. But I always pay attention to where I place it in the landscape.”

Whether you’re choosing a sleek contemporary gas model or a portable wood-burning fire pit, siting and seating are critical to creating a space you’ll enjoy year-round. Be sure to consult city codes to find out whether you need a permit and whether there are restrictions on where you can put your fire pit on your property.

“A fire pit needs to be part of a patio,” Kalamian says, “but it tends to be something you sit around after dinner, so I don’t like for it to be included in the main dining area. It’s best to create its own separate space.”

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Delightful Backyard with Gas Fire Pit

The backyard is a delightful space to hang out, linger while the gas fire pit with crystal pieces glows. The sofas from the Oskar Collection helps to define the space while bringing the inside out and the outside in.

Photo by: Susan Schwab

Ideally, this space should be easily accessible from the main area, but not too close to it, and the path between well-defined. Kalamian has seen his share of bad fire pit locations: “I saw one recently where the fire pit was at ground level directly adjacent to the dining area. It was basically a hole in the ground with chairs around it—it was a foot below the surface. Someone’s drinking too much or the kids are out playing and suddenly you have a disaster on your hands.”

Keep in mind that while a fire pit has a practical function, it also serves as a focal point, preferably from the interior of the house as well as the exterior. “If you can, locate it where you can see the fire from a distance—say, from your living room,” Kalamian says. “That way you can enjoy it even in inclement weather.”

You may also want to set up an opposing feature, such as a small water fountain, across the yard to complement your new fire pit patio. “Balance in the yard is huge,” Kalamian says. “It’s really important to your design. Don’t put everything on one side of the yard or it will feel lopsided.”

Finally, consider the direction of the prevailing wind before you break ground. Even if you’re using a gas-powered pit that doesn’t emit smoke, a continual stiff breeze can direct the heat uncomfortably onto half your guests while the others can’t get warm. If you have a strong crosswind, you may need to plant a windbreak or even put the fire pit on the side of the house rather than in the back yard.

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Round Fire Pit with Bench Seating

The seating wall mimics the shape and rustic style of a round fire pit. The hardscape project on a property in the Northwest U.S uses pavers manufactured by Amcor Masonry Products.

Photo by: Belgard

Although the patio you build for your fire pit should be separate, it will look misplaced if you don’t relate it to the house with the materials you choose. The tie-in can be direct, such as using the same brick as your house’s foundation, or subtle—say, using stucco in a color that echoes your siding or trim.

If your fire pit will be built into the patio, you can use almost any building material for the decorative coping (the cap on top where people will either sit or prop their feet up). “Stucco, brick, poured concrete, and flagstone are all good options,” Kalamian says.

For a rustic look, consider a ground-level fire pit surrounded by an irregular, free-form stone, such as flagstone; you don’t have to mortar the stones, Kalamian says, but it does make a cleaner look and is more structurally sound. If you’re going for a sleeker style, you’re likely choosing a gas pit, which can be filled with different materials. “Sometimes we use glass rocks, which are contemporary and sophisticated,” Kalamian says. “We’ve also used silica sand—it’s really spectacular to see flames dancing in soft, fine white sand.” To complement this kind of look, use a grid pattern for the patio in a more formal tile, such as porcelain, ceramic, or slate.

Get great ideas for your new outdoor space with these helpful tips on how to plan for building a patio.

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Plan for Building Patio

A person in a bobcat getting the ground ready planning for building a backyard patio on the back of the house.

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You’ve explored several deck and patio design ideas, and you’re ready to create the outdoor living space of your dreams and increase your home’s value by adding a beautiful patio. But before you let the shovels hit the dirt, check out these great tips for how to plan for building a patio.

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The first question to ask yourself (not aloud, if you can help it) is: “What’s this patio for?” Is it primarily a space for entertaining large groups? Will it mostly host just immediate family members and smaller gatherings? Decide up front whether you’re building a space for a “get raucous get together,” quiet family time or something in between.

Secondly, you need to decide where your patio should be located. Adjacent to the house or a deck is the most common choice here, since these options provide easy access to a kitchen. But if you have the space, consider a second, more far-flung spot. You might end up with more natural surroundings and a great getaway space.

Don’t skimp on space. Remember when you’re designing the patio that it’s going to be populated with furniture, installations like fire pits or grills, and people. Matching the patio size to the overall scale of the house or an inside room is usually a good rule of thumb.

In terms of shape, curvy designs are trendy right now, but you should choose based on what works best with your home’s design and appearance. Similarly, you’ll want to choose building materials that complement the style and hue of your home.

Keeping these simple tips in mind as you plan to build your patio should help make the experience much simpler and have you and your friends and family enjoying the great outdoors in style in no time.

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QUESTION

I would like to create a covered patio area held up by columns instead of walls or railings. How can I create a roof over this type of area in Home Designer?

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ANSWER

Creating a covered patio, or other outside structure which has a roof held up by columns instead of walls, is easy to create using the Room Divider tool and columns placed from the library.

To create a room without walls

  1. Launch your Home Designer software and Openthe plan in which you would like to create the covered patio.

In order to specify a roof over an area, we need to create a completely enclosed room area. Select Build> Wall> Room Dividerand click and drag out walls to completely enclose the area.

  • We could also use Railingsand then specify each one that you place as Invisible on the General panel of their specification dialogs.

Once we have created a room, use the Select Objectstool to select it, and click on the Open Objectedit tool.

Since our covered patio has a floor made up of brick, stone, or concrete, we will change the Room Type to Slab on the General panel of the Room Specification dialog,

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On the Structure panel:

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  • If you only want a roof, and do not wish to see the ceiling displayed in your patio, uncheck the Flat Ceiling Over This Room box.

Go to the Materials panel and set the appropriate brick, stone, or other material for the room’s Floor Structure.

Once you have finished making changes in this dialog, click the OK button to apply and close the dialog.

To place columns

  1. Select View> Library Browserto display the Library Browser window.

Browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural>Millwork, then expand the Columns folder.

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    Depending on the type of column that you want, you may also want to look at the Geometric Shapes category.

  • Browse until you locate the type of column that you want to use, select it, then click in floor plan view to place the column.
  • Using the Select Objectstool, click the column that you placed and click on the Open Objectedit tool to display the Millwork Specification dialog. Here, the Width, Height, Depth, and Floor to Bottom values for the column as well as the materials that it has applied to it can be altered.

    • You may also find it helpful to resize the column in a Cameraview.

    You can adjust position of the column once placed by using the Select Objectstool to select the column, and use its center square Moveedit handle to move it in to place.

    If you have difficulty placing the column precisely where you want, hold down the Ctrl/Command key while moving the object to allow for unrestricted movement.

    Once you have completed editing the first column, you can create identical copies by selecting the column and clicking the Copy edit tool.

    • Click on the Stickyedit tool to be able to Pastemultiple copies of the column without having to select Copy/Paste each time.

    Click in plan to Pastecopies of the column until you have the appropriate number of copies.

    Select and move the remaining columns into place.

  • Take a Cameraview to see the results.
  • If you want to enjoy the beauty of stunning flowers, you need to get informed with the ways on how to arrange pots on a patio. The patio is the perfect place for the people to hang out during the summer season. You can install the patio from pavers, bricks, wood or even flagstone material. Despite the material that you choose, the patio should never be barren and dry. It should blend with the beauty of the lush plants. You can make the patio look chic, warm and homey by adding the flowers. You can choose the real flowers or the artificial ones.

    How To Arrange Pots On A Patio: Way 1 The Artificial Flowers

    If you have a very busy lifestyle, it is recommended for you to choose the artificial flowers. They are easy to maintain. You do not have to water or fertilize them. The flowers are long lasting since they are made of silk materials. But it is very hard for the people to differentiate the real and artificial flowers. Moreover, the artificial plants are easier to shape and decorate.

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    How To Arrange Pots On A Patio: Way 2 The Vertical Arrangement

    The easiest one to arrange the pots of flowers in the patio is by stacking them in vertical position. You can have ladder shelves next to the patio furniture. Stack the artificial ribbon grasses and barberry on the shelves to add beauty and décor. Get ideas about garden stones here.

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    How To Arrange Pots On A Patio: Way 3 The Multiple Pot Arrangement

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    How To Arrange Pots On A Patio: Way 4 Hanging Flower Pots

    If you want to carry dramatic look on the patio, you can hang the pots. You can use the plastic pots to hold the decorative flowers. You can hang them along the pergola of the patio.

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    How To Arrange Pots On A Patio: Way 5 The Wall Flowers

    The last way that you can apply to arrange potted flower is by placing them along the wall. You can mount a stylish decorative wrought iron lattice against the wall and place the potted flowers here.

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    July 25th, 2018 by Poggesi USA | Posted in Articles

    If you’re in need of some outdoor restaurant patio design ideas that’ll pull in the guests and make them happy upon arrival, during drinks and/or meals, and even for dessert, then you’ve caught us at the perfect time. Poggesi is here with commercial & restaurant patio design inspiration that’ll make your restaurant or hotel terraces, food truck seating areas, outdoor bars, and marinas the talk of the town!

    1. GO BRIGHT OR GO HOME

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    Lighting can make or break your commercial outdoor patio. Ample and unique light sources create ambiance, and they even contribute to safety as your employees and guests interact out in the open. Brighten up everyone’s night with custom installations, string and globe strands, or candles.

    2. ROOFTOP PATIOS TO DIE FOR

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    Maybe you’re looking to rent out your rooftop space, or perhaps it’s there for pure relaxation after your customers’ long work weeks. Host elegant happy hours or invite your VIPs up to your portion of sky. Plenty of cushions and pillows encourage lounging, comfort, and good times.

    3. NATURAL BEAUTIES

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    Use plants for dividers, pops of color, and gorgeous wall decor. Hanging baskets, container gardens, and climbing vines are natural beauties that show off your green thumbs and really highlight the outdoors element. If you don’t mind the maintenance, this is a solid choice for green design.

    4. MURAL MAKEOVER

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    Exposed brick can be an awesome feature on a commercial patio, but what if guests are surrounded by and staring at a cement wall or an old wooden fence? Have you considered a mural? More than likely, you have some amazing and maybe even undiscovered artistic talent in your neighborhood. Commission a wall of art, and be amazed.

    5. ELEGANT OUTDOOR WAITING AREA

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    If you have an outdoor waiting area at your restaurant, make it cozy and inviting. If the crowds are pouring in on certain evenings, making your guests feel at home quickly is ideal. Set up an outdoor bar. Serve appetizers. People won’t even realize they’re waiting. They’ll arrive early just for the warm, inviting experience.

    6. BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN

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    Think about letting all that sunset magic into your bar, or all that cool, glorious morning light into the front room of your restaurant at brunch. If you offer a dining experience in a hotel, museum, or theatre, perhaps some nighttime enchantment is just what you’re missing. During intermission or simply as the evening comes on, open the french doors or windows up to the crickets and trickling patio cascades or fountain.

    7. UNCONVENTIONAL SEATING

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    Look for some commercial patio furniture that will be unique to your space. Shop around for pieces that no one will be able to find if they looked the city over far and wide. Don’t be afraid of color or unconventional tables, chairs, booths, and stools. Customers love a new experience. They love something different!

    8. IRRESISTIBLE OVERFLOW SPACES

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    Sometimes guests are ready to leave their table, but they’re not ready to leave your place of business. Especially if you’re offering those breathtaking views that they’re simply not getting at their condos, homes, or office windows. Invite them to enjoy the veranda and outdoor bar, complete with plenty of comfy seating and romantic lighting.

    9. THAT VIEW THOUGH…

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    Speaking of those breathtaking views that no one wants to leave… If you’ve got the opportunity to seat guests on a patio with a gorgeous view of the ocean, city lights, or wine country, then do it. You will never regret this move. Nothing pulls people out of the comforts of their own homes like a magnificent view, whether it’s a natural or manmade one. And tourists will certainly have you listed on their top hotels, restaurants, vineyards, bars, and clubs lists!

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    Finally, the crowning jewel for your commercial patio design? Fine, Italian-crafted Poggesi umbrellas! Spread the colorful or neutral tones of Poggessi canopies above the conversations and laughter of your guests. They’ll be sheltered from sun and passing showers, and they’ll feel a sense of privacy and coziness as soon as they’re seated.

    Contact a Poggesi Shade Expert today for more information about how you can incorporate our unique designs into your commercial patio. Your corner, rooftop, streetside, waterfront, or open-air venue is certainly a candidate, and we look forward to assisting you.


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    Cost Effective Patio Design Projects

    Common landscape symbols and their proper use can assist you in the creation process of your new patio plans and landscape designs. CAD Pro includes a variety of pre-drawn landscape symbols and landscape auto-shapes which save time and money when designing your patio. You can also create any type of custom patio design symbols you may require and save them as symbols for future use, therefore saving time and money.

    DIY and Cost Effective Patio Design Renovation

    Simply open any of the CAD Pro do-it-yourself plans, then customize them to fit your specific patio design needs. Quickly print your plans or email them to your favorite contractor. This is one of the easiest ways to start any cost effective outdoor renovation projects.

    Cad Pro is an affordable and easy alternative to other more expensive design software programs. Cad Pro is great for creating custom home plans, building plans, office plans, construction details, and much more.

    CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, remodeling professionals, builders and contractors plan and design all types of patio projects. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors.

    CAD Pro helps you plan and complete any type of patio plans with intuitive smart floor plan tools and remodeling design symbols.

    Share your patio plans and ideas with clients or professional remodeling contractors using Dropbox®, Google Drive™, OneDrive®, and SharePoint®. Export files to Microsoft Word®, Excel®, and PowerPoint® with a single click.

    The luxury of having an outdoor space offers you a relaxing place to reflect and unwind in the privacy of your own home, with the warm rays of the sun on your face and the soothing sounds of bird songs on your doorstep. Designing a patio will not only enhance your enjoyment of your garden but will also increase the value of your home. In this article, we’ve outlined some of the key aspects to consider when it comes to planning your perfect patio design.

    How to design a patio

    Function

    Before you can begin the landscape design of your garden, it is important to know the function you want your new patio to perform. For instance, if you plan to use the area to mainly entertain guests, consider how many people you intend to host and the amount and size of patio furniture you will need. On the other hand, if it is meant as a place of solitude for yourself and family members then you will have more space to play around with.

    Plan for gaps and negative space on your patio to avoid it feeling cluttered or cumbersome to move through. This will allow enough space for people to move around the patio comfortably. A good way to figure out how much space you might need is to arrange a table and chairs in your garden.

    The size of your patio will largely be determined by the available space in your garden and how much of that space you want to redesign. As a general guide, you should take into account the number of people who plan to host and plan for around 25 square feet of space per person. Consider consulting expert patio designers such as Malone’s Landscape to assist you with your patio design.

    Patio Zones

    An essential part of your garden design is to plan each zone of your patio from the outset. If you intend to create an outdoor dining area as part of your patio design then positioning it close to your kitchen doors is best. Similarly, if you wish to create a zone to relax and sunbathe, then it should allow for maximum sunlight and be surrounded by flowers or other aromatic plants.

    Interspersing plants or flowers as borders between different zones can help to soften your patio design by adding elements of nature as well as a touch of color. Ideally, your patio is a private area for you and your family. To maintain this sense of seclusion, take advantage of any trees or fences in your garden when planning your patio.

    Materials

    When deciding on your choice of materials, it’s a good idea for your patio to reflect the aesthetics of your home’s interior. A modern home, for instance, will blend well with a contemporary design and choice of material such as porcelain, natural stone, or concrete, while a more traditionally decorated home will suit materials from the same period.

    If you are considering decking for your patio some of the best hardwood materials include cedar, mahogany, bamboo, and pressure-treated pine.

    Follow the four tips in this article to help your patio design project get underway successfully.

    The information in this article applies to:

    QUESTION

    I would like to create a brick exterior patio surrounded by brick half-walls. How can I create this in Home Designer?

    How to design a patio

    ANSWER

    Creating a brick patio surrounded by brick half walls is easy to create in Home Designer using the Railing tools.

    To create your patio room

    1. First, launch your Home Designer software program and Openthe plan in which you would like to place your brick patio surrounded by brick half-walls.

    Select Build> Railing and Deck> Straight Railingor Curved Railing , and in your 2D floor plan view, click and drag out these railings to create a completely enclosed area for your patio area.

    Using the Select Objectstool, click inside of the patio room to select it, and select on the Open Objectedit tool to display the Room Specification dialog.

    On the General panel, use the drop down menu to change the Room Type to a Slab.

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    On the Structure panel, set the appropriate Floor(C) Height for your patio.

    How to design a patio

      For the purposes of this example, we chose 18″.

    Uncheck the Roof Over this Room option.

    Select the Materials panel, choose Floor Structure, and click on the Select Material button to display the Select Material dialog;

      Locate an appropriate brick material for your patio and click OK to apply and close this dialog.

    For the purposes of this example we used the Mixed Brick material which can be located by going to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Materials> Masonry & Stone> Brick> Natural Brick.

    Once you have completed making changes in the Room Specification dialog, click OK to apply them and close the dialog.

    Now that we have created our patio room, we are ready to begin modifying the railings.

    To modify the railings

    1. Using the Select Objectstool, click on one of the railings to select it, and choose the Open Objectedit tool to display the Railing Specification dialog.

    On the General panel, adjust the Thickness of the railing to reflect the thickness that you want for your brick half walls.

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    Select the Rail Style panel and change the Railing Type to Solid.

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      Set the Railing Height to the appropriate value.

    For the purposes of this example, we left the default value of 36″ for the Railing Height.

    Go to the Materials panel and set the appropriate materials for your brick half-walls that will surround the patio.

      For the purposes of this example, we used the same material that we used for our floor structure; which was the Mixed Brick.

    Once you have finished making these changes, click OK to apply them.

    Repeat this process for the remaining railings.

    You can now add additional items to your patio by accessing the Library.

  • Finally, take a Cameraview to see the results.
  • How to Design and Build Your Perfect Outdoor Patio Space

    How to design a patio

    Have patio ideas on the brain? Building an “outdoor room” is a way to extend your indoor living space, create a place for outdoor entertaining, relaxing and dining and also add value to your home.

    A patio is a very low-maintenance option for your outdoor space, and also fairly DIY-friendly. But make no mistake: proper preparation is key, as you’d find out the hard way when your slapdash patio buckles, cracks, shifts, and grows weeds from every nook and cranny. Great patio ideas are essential.

    Ground preparation varies according to the patio material you choose. The main materials to consider are concrete and pavers.

    Concrete: Solid and Sustainable

    Good techniques and artistic approaches mean you don’t have to settle for the traditional gray slab if you want a concrete patio. Patterns can be stamped into it, cast shapes can be formed, custom designs etched in, and color added for a completely custom look and bold statement.

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    Concrete patios can also be painted in creative ways, including using stencils to creat a decorative rug pattern. In the above example, SpreadRock, a Daich Coatings product, was used. Spreadrock provides an elegantly authentic speckled granite coating ideal for porches, steps, walkways and entrances. The product can also be applied to bathroom and basement floors, accent walls and pool decks.

    The sheer heft and specialized labor involved with any style of concrete installation are good reasons to have a pro handle the job. Improper site preparation as well as clumsy mixing and pouring of the material will leave you with a cracked, unevenly settling surface that is costly and difficult to correct.

    Patterns with Pavers

    In the realm of DIY patio ideas, brick and concrete pavers are great choices. Standard rectangular pavers are very specially proportioned when compared to building bricks. Bricks used to build walls need space for mortar and are therefore not quite twice as long as they are wide. Pavers don’t need mortar and are exactly twice as long as they are wide. In addition to rectangular formats, paver bricks come in lots of other shapes, such as squares and octagons. Also, because the color is dyed into the bricks, they won’t fade.

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    The most common paver patio mistakes come from not properly prepping the base. It’s certainly not the most exciting part of the project, but if you rush through, the bricks will loosen and weeds will pop up in your patio.

    Start a paver patio project by carefully assessing the space slated for placement and planning for necessary drainage. For example, downspouts dumping on a paver patio can quickly lead to an area that sags and sprouts weeds. Likewise, a patio that slopes toward a house instead of away from it can lead to flooded basements and crawlspaces.

    Once you have identified the area, it has to be excavated down about eight inches. From there, you’d add about five inches of crushed gravel that must be mechanically tamped in place. A sand base comes next and pavers are set on top of that. Installing a paver patio the right way takes time and careful attention to detail, but the result can be a low-maintenance recreational space that will last a lifetime.

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    And whether you choose to go with a concrete or paver patio, you’ll find that creating an exterior living area not only gives you a great place to be when the weather is nice, or well into the fall when you add a simple, cheap fire pit, but also provides an attractive selling point when it comes time to put your home on the market.

    Often, much time and energy is devoted to making the inside of our homes look well kept, inviting, and glamorous while little time may be spent thinking about the outdoor space. The patio should really be thought of as an extension to our home. It’s a place to entertain in the summer time and to sit by the fire on cool nights. It deserves just as much attention as the inside because the design and structure help to complete the beautiful whole package.

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    So let’s delve in!

    This one-of-a-kind chess board set up is unparalleled by any other landscaping endeavor. This creative, unique design is sure to have you and your guests entertained for hours! Imagine the excitement when your friends and family step from inside your beautiful home onto a terrace brought to life by a game of chess. Make sure to visit DIYNetwork to learn each step for making your very own chess board patio.

    How to design a patio A one-of-a-kind chess board lawn

    HGTV features this great porch that would be perfect for those summer night get togethers. The trees that line the walkway are a nice addition to this great space, creating a sense of privacy. This porch is complete with a covered seating area, outdoor kitchen, and built in fireplace everyone will enjoy!

    How to design a patio A spacious patio design with a covered seating area

    Who wouldn’t want a modern and spacious outdoor cooking area? You won’t see grilling those steaks or flipping those burgers as a chore anymore. Instead, you will be transformed into a chef serving up famous delicacies. Not far from your reach, you can learn how to build this fabulous project for not more than $350.

    How to design a patio A spacious outdoor kitchen setup

    Beautiful, relaxing, private – that’s what comes to mind with this simple yet elegant design. Cabanas are a great addition to any backyard patio, because they are welcoming and cozy. This particular set-up is affordable and its parts can be purchased at a local hardware store. All you need is plumbing fixtures, some gloss paint, and curtains. We have the step-by-step instructions, here.

    How to design a patio A DIY private cabana for your patio

    A built in fireplace is a great addition to your patio – popular too! It will definitely serve as a focal point and can be designed according to whatever size and shape you would like. You won’t have to worry about the hassle of cleaning up afterwards or the hazard of catching your lawn on fire by that improvised fire pit that’s nothing more than a shallow hole in the ground! DIYNetwork will tell you how to incorporate this idea into your outdoor living space.

    How to design a patio DIY built in stone fireplace

    Homedit gives us advice on how to achieve this Roman style patio with flooring that resembles a Mosaic-like design. The look can be achieved by using a combination of different size slabs of somewhat different color and placed carefully in a thoughtful pattern. This beautiful space is classical and will leave your friends wondering just how you did it.

    How to design a patio A Roman style patio design with a Mosaic pattern floor

    Inspiration for this quaint design comes from Houzz. This cozy patio features a curved walkway with a circular inset which becomes the focus. You can achieve this look by using pavers instead of concrete and by mapping out the perfect shape. Add some flourishing plants and you’ll be well on your way to creating this beautiful space. [A recent John Kraemer & Sons renovation in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN / Photography: Scott Amundson]

    How to design a patio A quaint Tuscan style patio design

    Stone pavers are what lay the foundation for this impeccable patio. The deep grey tone of the pavers brings out the softer hues of the furniture and greenery of the well groomed garden beds. With precise lines and enough space you can also create this wonderful look.

    How to design a patio Grey stone paver patio

    This beautiful design creates an elongated patio using multicolored pavers and grass. The stone walls contribute nicely to the ambiance with the flower beds helping to separate the different sections of the patio, helping to create balance.

    How to design a patio A patio with a multi-room effect

    When brick meets concrete, the end result is this beautiful modern day patio. Warm and welcoming, this spacious design is perfect for entertaining your guests. With a gazebo in the center, plenty of seating, and accessories that contribute to its coziness, what’s not to love about this design? [Image via]

    How to design a patio Beautiful brick and concrete patio

    Another great idea to inspire your new patio uses large concrete slabs and pebbles. Once you have placed your slabs in the design you would like, just fill in the cracks with pebbles to complete the look. If you decide you would like to alter the design pattern, it’s not too difficult to change it up. The simplicity of this design comes together beautifully with the right furniture and the perfect amount of space.

    How to design a patio Large concrete slab and pebble patio design

    Richard Partington

    Published on: 20 May 2021

    How to design a patio

    After months of wind, frost, and torrential downpours, it’s fair to say your patio slabs have been through a lot since last summer. And now, with spring giving new life to your al fresco area, the grime is really starting to show.

    But don’t worry, Simply Paving can help with that; even if your patio has a sheen of green or you can spot signs of mould, it doesn’t take much to get your patio back to its best.

    So, what are you waiting for? Read on to see our top three methods for how to clean your patio.

    Note: For all methods listed below, remember to remove all patio furniture first, brush away any dry, loose debris, and test a batch of the solution on your patio before continuing with the rest of the process.

    Soapy water method

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    Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need any fancy products to clean a patio without a pressure washer. In fact, one of the most effective patio cleaning products is good old-fashioned washing-up liquid mixed with warm tap water.

    Here’s how it’s done.

    • Washing-up liquid
    • Warm water
    • Bucket
    • Hard-bristled brush

    How to clean your patio with washing-up liquid

    1. Squirt a little washing-up liquid into the base of your bucket and fill with warm water. This should give you plenty of soapy suds to work with.
    2. Now you can start cleaning. Starting from the corners, splash a little water, grab your brush and scrub. You should be able to see the dirt and debris lift and rinse away as you go. TOP TIP: Remember to scrub diagonally; this will be gentler on the jointing compound and less will come out during cleaning.
    3. Repeat with the splashing and scrubbing routine until you’ve covered your whole patio. You will likely need to head inside a few times to top up your cleaning solution if you are cleaning a large patio
    4. Finally, clear the dirty water away with a bucket of clean water so that it flows into a drainage point.
    5. Don’t forget to check your joints at this stage. If you notice some of the jointing compound has come out during your cleaning, you’ll have to add in some more to fill in the gaps.
    6. Leave to dry and reset your patio furniture to finish off.

    In need of an environmentally-friendly, non-toxic and non-chemical patio cleaner? Sounds scarce, but we’re actually talking about white vinegar – and it can be found in just about any supermarket.

    Tailored to tough cleaning jobs, you’ll want to opt for the white vinegar patio cleaning method if you are freshening up a very dirty patio or removing dirt from high traffic outdoor areas. However, please note that you shouldn’t use this method on limestone pavers as the acid will permanently damage their surface.

    • White vinegar
    • Warm water
    • Bucket
    • Hard-bristled brush

    How to clean your patio with vinegar

    1. In a bucket, mix your white vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Dirtier patios with more stubborn stains, however, may need slightly more vinegar in the solution.
    2. Pour your vinegar and water solution over your patio (you may need several buckets) and leave the vinegar to work its way into the paving slabs for 30 minutes to an hour.
    3. Once the time is up, follow the soapy water method from step 4 onwards.

    Pressure washer method

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    For a speedy way to clean your patio, a pressure washer is your friend. This intense patio cleaning method removes stubborn dirt via powerful streams of cold water – but it can also damage your pavers if you’re not careful.

    Try to apply the other two cleaning methods above before considering pressure washing, but if all else fails, ensure you are staying a good distance away from your patio. Direct the jet stream too close and you risk removing the top layer from your paving slabs and exposing their aggregate.

    For more on how to safely use a pressure washer on your patio, follow our instructions below.

    • Pressure washer
    • Garden hose
    • Pressure washer detergent
    • Washing-up liquid (optional)

    How to clean a patio with a pressure washer

    1. Plug in your pressure washer and hook it up to your garden hose.
    2. If your device has a detergent chamber, dilute the pressure washer detergent and fill up your chamber before starting. Alternatively, dilute your detergent as instructed on the product and apply across your patio directly. If you don’t have detergent, a simple solution of washing up liquid with warm water should do the trick.
    3. Starting from the top corner, hold your pressure washer at a 30-degree angle and spray diagonally across your patio. Don’t stand too close to the surface as the powerful jet of water could damage your patio slabs.
    4. Ensure all standing water is rinsed away into a drainage point and check over your joints for signs of loose jointing compound.
    5. Move your patio furniture back into place.

    Aftercare

    While you should only need to clean your patio once a year (one of the perks of choosing a patio over decking), a small amount of maintenance will deliver a consistently clean finish all year round.

    One sage piece of advice is to remember to regularly brush your patio, especially during the autumn months. This should prevent crushed leaves building up and causing those stubborn discolouration stains come spring.

    Elsewhere, you might want to consider a patio sealant. This helps to prevent weathering and is also effective at preserving the colour of patio slabs – a good option if you have recently laid dark patio slabs.

    Got a question about cleaning your patio slabs? Just give us a call on 0800 032 6306 between 8pm and 6pm, 7 days a week, or start a live chat with us.