types of patiosIf you are in the market for a new concrete patio, there are several things you need to consider. In addition to the size, shape, and style of your new patio, you must also consider texture, color, and most importantly, how you plan on utilizing your patio. For example, if you plan on doing a lot of outdoor cooking, it makes perfect sense to have a BBQ grill installed on your patio. In fact, there are so many things to think about; it could become a little overwhelming. On the bright side, modern patios are diverse, beautiful, and can be used for so many activities. It might also be in your best interest to contact your Northern Colorado concrete contractor to discuss your patio needs.

Modern Patios

The concrete patios built today are nothing like the traditional patios your parents and grandparents enjoyed. Back in the day, homeowners were perfectly happy with a slab of concrete in their backyard. They would throw down a few lawn chairs and a small BBQ grill, and they were good to go. There was never any thought about the shape or style of a patio.

Things have certainly changed over the years; patios have gone from simple slabs of concrete to aesthetically pleasing stamped masterpieces that families spend much of their time enjoying. Your new patio will be used for so many activities, including cooking, entertaining, dining, and conversation. And you will decorate your patio with lighting, furniture, cooking amenities, and even a fire feature or pergola.

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Patio Considerations

Space– Before the construction of your patio can begin, you need to discover the right size. When it comes to patio size, bigger isn’t always better, especially if you have a relatively small backyard. However, a small patio can be just as functional and cozy as a larger one. One way to determine patio size is to deduce what will be on your patio. For example, if you will have a built-in BBQ grill, furniture, and chairs, and table, then you will need a more extensive patio.

Location– Tradition dictates that a patio should be right outside the back door. However, you can buck tradition and have your patio anywhere you would like. For example, your backyard might not be set up in a traditional sense, and therefore it could make sense to install your patio near the garden or in another convenient location. You might also want your patio to be well-shaded under the giant oak tree in the middle of the yard.

Function– What will you be doing on your patio? To better determine the type of patio you should have, you need to think about what you will be doing on it. For example, a patio used for formal dinners will look much different than a patio used for family and fun. In addition, a patio that will be used for rest and relaxation will look far different than a patio used for entertainment.

Color and Style– If you choose to have a stamped concrete patio, the design and colors leave you with endless possibilities. You can have stamped concrete that looks like wood, stone, almost any type of material you can think of. You can go for a traditional look, or you can try something that will give your patio a modern and edgy feel to it.

Endless Possibilities

When it comes to having a new patio installed on your property, the possibilities are endless. In all likelihood, you will fill your patio with furniture, a grill, and a table and chairs for dining purposes. But that should only be the beginning of your list of accessories. If you love to grill, then a built-in BBQ grill should be a consideration.

If you will be using your patio in the fall months when the temperatures are cooler and it gets dark earlier, then a fire feature and lighting are strongly recommended. A fire feature not only keeps you and your family and guests warmer, it also provides added light, and it certainly sets the mood. Torches, landscaping lighting, or string lights provide light so you can enjoy your patio late into the evening, and they also offer the perfect atmosphere.

While a picnic table or a table and chairs provide a comfortable place to sit and eat, you might want to consider having seating installed to ensure all of your guests have a place they can sit and enjoy the evening.

There are several ways in which you can decorate your patio, including an outdoor rug, statures, and even wall decor. But you also want to consider other decor to spruce up your patio, including built-in planters, a pergola, and perhaps a water feature. Of course, a landscape design professional can help you with this task.

It’s not too late to get started on having your new concrete patio installed; contact us right away for more details.

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