The summer is almost here — and with it, the season for good old-fashioned barbecues and patio parties. People don’t spend a ton of time on their patios during the winter months. So come summertime that part of the house isn’t always quite ready for company. Custom patios get you ready!
A few potted plants and some creative landscaping can help spruce things up. But nothing will give your patio the zing it needs quite like custom patios. Also, simply adding your custom patio where before there was only grass.
If you’re considering remodeling your current patio or building a custom patio from scratch, there are a few things to consider. We’re here to help! Read on to discover five things to think about before you move forward with your custom patio project.
Custom Patios Planning – Start Early!
Most people don’t start thinking about enjoying their outdoor living space in the winter months, but if you want to be able to enjoy it in the pleasant spring weather, then start planning in February. This will allow for design time, approval from your homeowner association (this could take a month or more) and finally, installation.
Design Your Custom Patio with your Home in Mind
Custom patios come in all shapes and sizes. Designing the right one for your home can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider including ease of entertaining, the slope of your yard, sun exposure, and drainage issues. For example, you may want to incorporate some terracing to take advantage of your natural terrain. A professional can help navigate these concerns and present different options to you along with their best recommendation.
Location, Location, Location
So, where do you want your patio to go? For ease of entertaining, many people elect to build their patios connecting to the house. Other popular options include a pathway leading to a separate outdoor patio area.
The best way to be sure you put your patio is in the perfect spot is to schedule a landscape consultation with a professional to discuss all your options. A professional will help you make an informed decision based on the facts, along with the pros and cons of each.
Keep Your Custom Patio Cool
You’ll want adequate shading over your patio area so that your guests don’t fry like hot dogs on the grill in the Texas summer heat. Pergolas and pavilions are both nice options for shading.
Additionally, consider adding a hearty vine to grow along any open-style shading used, or additional screening trees for additional privacy and beautiful, natural protection from the sunlight.
Get in the Zone
While this may be the least fun part of building a patio, it might just be the most important. Every city and homeowners association has its own building codes and zoning laws. Impervious cover restrictions can be accommodated with the proper installation materials used in the construction of a patio.
In order to ensure you’re on the up-and-up when you construct your custom-built patio, we recommend you hire a professional to guide you on what the parameters are for your unique situation.
Next Step to Your Custom Patio
Let us make your dream custom-built patio a reality. Contact us to schedule your consultation to learn more about your custom-built patio options. We can help you with all five of the above considerations, and anything else you can think of as you’re planning the project.
We’ve been serving the Austin area for over 15 years, so believe us, there’s nothing you can throw our way we haven’t seen already!
We look forward to helping you prep for patio fun this barbecue season!