Having a strong reputation for creating beautiful backyard patio designs, I’m often approached and asked what are some of the most important design elements or features that should be considered when designing a patio. Of course there are all different types of patios from simple to complex. But, for the sake of putting something in writing without boring you, I’m going to talk about general ideas to consider no matter what scale design you’re planning.
Look for inspiration, not complete projects – I’m sure you can find 100 pictures in magazines that you love, but don’t get too caught up on just one. You have the ability to create your own unique, custom space – why copy something else. I know they way we think, if it works why fix it, and that is true to an extent. What works in one backyard might not work in another. So, instead of searching pictures for The One, browse with the intent of finding individual elements you like from each picture/design you’re attracted to. This way when we meet, you can say that you love the seating wall from this picture, the steps from this one, and the pavers from this one -etc. A good designer can take those recommendations and build an entire profile for you. A profile from which he or she will relate to when designing your entire space.
If you show me a picture and say, ‘I want this exact patio’, don’t be too surprised if my design is a replica. And that’s ok, if it’s truly what you want.
Before you think shape, consider layout - The shape of a patio can sometimes be the difference between a good looking patio and the opposite. But, before you get too caught up in the shape, its important to think about layout. What is layout? Its the placement of spaces in your design. For instance where you will dine or where you will lounge. I like to walk a client through a scenario. This scenario is often the reason they’re considering the patio in the first place. An example might be entertaining a large group or simply grilling and dinning outside. By taking the scenario step-by-step, we’re able to get a 10,000 ft view and determine the best layout.
Don’t get too caught up in the materials used, at least not yet – Don’t think you need to know exactly what color and style of paver you want before you start the design process. Relate this to building a house. You probably wouldn’t discuss what tile you wanted in your kitchen on your first meeting with the builder. Instead you would discuss things like how many bedrooms, what style of homes appeal to you, approx square footage, location, etc. The same applies to a patio. I have an entire process I take each of my clients through to maximize each area of the design and finished project. A successful project, one that you won’t grow out of and that won’t go out of your style, will need to be well planned and thought out.
I believe in design perfectionism – an idea that good design is often found in the smallest of details, and balance can rest on the shoulders of just a few elements. It is with this mindset that I approach every project, striving to help each of my clients achieve their goals.
If you would like to meet with me to design your project, I’m ready.