In designing your patio, there are various factors, options and choices to consider. You can build a patio which is attached to your house. Or you can opt for a detached patio. Some basic facts such as patio size, shape, surface textures, enclosure options, patterns and finishes are design considerations. Various materials to choose are concrete, stone, tile, brick, pavers or gravel. You have to consider the important functions your patio will serve. Factors such as location’s accessibility, exposure to sun and your planned activities of entertaining, dining and sun bathing play important part in determining the appropriate patio designs.
When it comes to its usefulness, you need to ask yourself some basic questions such as do you hold big parties or small family gatherings regularly? Are there plenty of children during these parties? Would you like a big patio outdoor room or bistro types of various cozy small rooms? Would you like to have separate small playrooms for the kids? What types of furniture do you have in mind? Which surface texture do you prefer, patterned, colored, smooth, rustic, etc? In effect, functionality should be given priority and importance so that you can pick the best size, layout and shape.