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Planning a Patio Makeover? Here Are 5 Key Factors to Keep in Mind

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Patios are trendy among homeowners as they add aesthetics and value to their homes. Patio design plans should be beautiful and practical, and it takes effort to plan a dreamPatio Makeover patio. Are you bored of your patio and want a complete makeover to transform the outdoor space into an exciting oasis where you always want to escape? Read on to learn what factors to consider when planning a patio makeover.

Planning a patio makeover is a serious task, as one needs to focus on the major points and the smaller touches for the upgrade. Whether adding an outdoor kitchen or a hot tub or design touches like hanging plants or a hammock, one should always start with clarity on what they want and set realistic expectations based on their budget.

You must ensure regular maintenance, such as taking proper care of your outdoor chairs, looking for any signs of damage, and doing timely repairs.

  1. The main purpose

    Before you start, ask yourself what you want in your patio makeover and identify the main purpose. Is it to enhance the functionality, improve the design and aesthetics, or both? Center your plan and the intended changes based on the primary purpose of your patio. Pay special attention to the affordability of the makeover and availability of materials.
  2. Layout based on the size

    When planning a patio makeover, you need to keep the size in perspective, as property with a bigger backyard allows one to implement more ideas. In contrast, one needs to be careful with a small patio. The trick is to make the most out of your outdoor space, whether big or small, and use the right elements and design touches to create a welcoming atmosphere. Consider the layout to maximize space and ensure easy movement between different areas.
  3. The selection of material

    Another critical factor to remember is the choice of materials for your patio. Keep the weather conditions, cost, durability, and maintenance of materials, and use weather-resistant materials that can withstand the elements. Look at the materials’ color, feel, and texture, which should go with the overall aesthetics of your house and the patio.
  4. Landscaping elements

    Greenery, flowers, and other elements allow one to make the most of one’s outdoor living space. Based on your lifestyle, preferences, and needs, you can implement patio design plans such as planters, lighting, fountains, fireplaces, and other landscaping elements to add life and greenery to your patio. The idea is to create a visually enjoyable outdoor environment and a balanced landscape.
  5. A more environmentally friendly patio

    If your earlier patio was designed in a different environmentally friendly way, consider doing it this time. Search for locally sourced materials and talk to the local gardener to learn about sustainable gardening landscaping for the patio.
Look for ways to minimize your carbon footprint and, at the same time, enjoy a comfortable and cozy outer space. A successful patio makeover is possible only when one pays attention to the right aspects and creates a beautiful and functional outdoor space for one’s home.

Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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