A spacious covered patio for your backyard offers a great way to enjoy the outdoors while protecting yourself from the unpredictable Florida weather. Building a patio is exciting and fun, but what if it ends up being too big or too small to fit your needs? Deciding on the right size when building your backyard patio requires careful consideration of a number of factors, including the main purposes of the patio.
What is the Purpose of Your Backyard Patio?
A good place to start when building a backyard patio is by thinking about your intended use for the patio. If you love to host large gatherings, you’ll need a considerable amount of space to hold a table large enough for your group. Large patio designs also give you enough space for a full outdoor kitchen and extra seating. If you plan to use it as an outdoor retreat for your family or a small group of friends, a small patio will help you create an intimate atmosphere without devoting unnecessary space to an underused patio. A small patio also works well if you only intend to use your patio as a place to read or do other hobbies. When building a patio with brick pavers, the shapes available to you are endless.
Existing Features in Your Yard
When you think about the desired size of your patio, you’ll need to take into account the existing features in your yard. For example, if you have a pool, a buffer space between the patio edge and the pool will keep your guests safe from slipping. Some features in your yard, such as landscaping, can be transferred elsewhere to give you more space near your back door. Placing your patio to take advantage of the view of your backyard and the surrounding area can help you determine a good size for your patio. Even trees can be a focal point of a patio design. Of course, if you want to include a firepit, you might want to place it away from the tree.
Style Options for Patio Designs
The design and shape of your desired patio can guide you to the ideal size. If you want your patio to feature curves or decorative borders, you’ll need to take that into account when drawing up the size of the design. Unusual shapes can take advantage of unique patio paver ideas, and you can set up multiple seating areas according to your taste. Opting for an enclosed or screened in patio requires some consideration as well; you’ll need to ensure that the exit points from the enclosure have enough space for accessibility.
Use Your Furniture as a Guide
If you already have outdoor furniture, you can use it to physically visualize the space you need for your patio. Don’t forget to allow plenty of room for walking around your furniture when you place it; you don’t want to trip over a chair while carrying a plate of hot food. If you don’t have outdoor furniture yet, you can take down measurements from an online store and use stakes in your yard to figure out the ideal outline for your patio ideas.
Choosing the ideal size for your patio is the first step in creating a beautiful outdoor space for your friends and family to enjoy for years. Dulando Screen & Awning has helped thousands of homeowners visualize their new space. Put our 50 years of experience to work for you. We can help you add even more versatility to your new outdoor space with aluminum patio covers and enclosures. Contact us today at 407-862-6060 to learn more about building a patio that your family will enjoy for years to come.