Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Plants soften the uncompromising lines of hardscape features, breathing life into them and inviting you in to sit down and relax. Although there are other ways to do it (such as patio planter pockets), the easiest way to incorporate plants into a deck or patio setting is to use container gardens.Northerners can easily grow tropical flowers in them during the summertime, then simply move them indoors when Jack Frost beckons. But you can grow almost anything in a container. The idea of using plants on your patio can even help you avoid the costly project of removing an old patio and constructing a new one, as plants are capable of hiding many an eyesore.

Rather than upgrading to a larger home, many people are looking to expand their living space outdoors. As a result, patios are becoming larger, more luxurious, and more sheltered. Outdoor patios have become hubs of activity geared towards entertaining and relaxing. A well-designed patio will not only add additional living space to your home, but also increase its resale value.

Since your patio will provide the foundation for your outdoor living space, it will need to be durable, well-constructed and attractive. There are a variety of patio designs and paving materials to choose from. A landscape designer will be able to help you determine what size, shape and style of patio.

Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

It's time to stop thinking of your patio as simply a place to spend time outdoors. It can serve as the hub for a variety of functions including dining, cooking, socializing, relaxing and recreation. The style of your patio will change depending on the activities you want it to accommodate.

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    Backyard patio styles well-suited for various activities, including outdoor dining, entertaining and sunbathing.

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    Three easy steps to help you determine the right dimensions for your patio.

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    How to calculate the dimensions for a new patio based on the size of your furniture and your entertaining needs.

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    Patio layout considerations, including existing conditions, site design and furnishings.

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    Design ideas for patio covers and pergolas to bring shade to your patio with outdoor lighting.


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