Tips for Building the Perfect Patio

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at 8:41pm.

Many Edmontonians this year would be surprised to learn that summer hasn’t officially even started yet. In fact, it’s still almost a month away, but that doesn’t mean that it’s cold outside. Many people in Edmonton have already been enjoying the warm weather and, if you want to make the most of the warmer months, it’s best to have a patio that looks great and makes being outside fun and effortless. Here are just a few design ideas that can make your home’s patio space your new favorite place to be.

1. Light Things Up

Even though Edmonton gets lots of natural sunlight well into the late evenings during the height of summer, a good patio will need some form of lighting. The best lighting options in Edmonton will give people some decent lighting while keeping it soft and subtle. Consider lights on the edge of the area and a couple that are raised up. That way, the entire area can have a soft glow when the sun goes down, and the raised lights will minimize stark shadows and maximize the amount of light available.

2. Make it Multi-Purpose

Many patios are simply glorified fire pits or outdoor dining rooms: a single big idea that takes up the entire space and leaves room for nothing else. This is excellent if you or your family use the patio for that one single thing, but it can make the space entirely unusable for anything else. The best modern patios think about the options available, even in tight spaces, so that it can be used for multiple things. One idea is a smaller table and a breakfast bar, so that you can use the bar for casual dining and, when company comes over, the bar can serve as a serving space. Together, the right pieces won’t take up a lot of room, but they will give you more opportunities to use your patio.

3. Get Some Plants

A patio without any nature is not a place people will want to spend time, which is why modern patios integrate plants and natural features into the rest of the outdoor space. Softening the edges of the patio with some plants and well-maintained grass can help give your patio a more natural feel, while a vertical garden feature can help block out an unsightly feature with something natural and beautiful. If you’re truly ambitious, consider a water feature, which will provide calming sounds as well as a nice, natural look.

Today’s patios are getaways from the worries of the outside world. Since Edmonton doesn’t have too many months where we can enjoy the outdoors completely, it’s important that your patio space is all it can be for those few short months. By adding some multi-purpose pieces and natural features, your patio will be a place you want to spend time during the warm Edmonton summers.

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