2021 Guide to Designing Your Patio


People hanging out on an outdoor patio.

Whether you want a new outdoor living space or can’t wait to remodel your yard, planning ahead is the key to creating a beautiful and practical patio. A well-planned patio allows you to take advantage of nature and enjoy time outside with family and friends.

In this post, we’ll outline some aspects you should consider when planning a patio, tips on designing a patio, and a few home improvement suggestions from the pros.

Consider the Purpose of Your Patio

Think about how you’ll use the patio. Are you going to throw lots of outdoor parties, host formal dinners, or use it as a small, quiet place to meditate? If you plan to cook and dine outdoors, consider where and how you’ll serve the food.

If all the action revolves around the bar area, bar level seating, an all-season bar cart, and perhaps a built-in fridge will help you make the most of your patio.

Pick the Location

Finding the right location early on is crucial. Walk around your property and identify the best spot for your patio. Most patios lie adjacent to the kitchen because most people come outside from there, but they don’t need to be. Building a patio further away from the house can provide the ideal spot for a private getaway.

Size Matters

Your patio’s size will largely depend on the amount of space you have available and how you plan to use it. If you have sufficient space, make the patio as broad and as long as the house’s width and height, or match it to the size of an indoor room.

You can estimate the size by setting up chairs and tables on your lawn to see how much room you might need to handle your desired crowd.

Consider the Shape

The shape of your patio matters as well. People don’t just sit on the patio; they see it when they’re out in the yard and inside the house. Circular lines are trendy, as they provide visual interest and flow with nature. Alternatively, you can opt for a symmetrical or asymmetrical design style.

Choose Your Building Materials

When selecting a material, matching the style of your home can help you find the right design. Even though you may consider personal style important, try choosing a timeless and low-maintenance material instead. Bluestone, for example, remains a favorite choice for patios because it’s timeless, lasts forever, and never fades.

Plan the Landscaping and Extras

To make the most of your patio, you’ll want to add amenities like planters, fireplaces, fountains, shade trees, outdoor furniture, and lighting. The surrounding area of the patio makes the space. Let your needs and lifestyle dictate the landscaping and details you need to add.

One more tip, choose an expert that will guarantee quality results. Redoing a poorly designed patio can cost more than the original work.

Create Your Custom Patio Today

Stoeckig Landscape Group is your trusted landscape design and installation company. Reach out to our team of award-winning designers at 770-831-1790 for more tips on how to design a patio or schedule landscaping services or contact us here. Let us turn your patio design into a reality.