Designing a Patio

I was asked the other day for some tips on designing a patio area. What I did was write a guide detailing a number of considerations, such as where in the garden, ground conditions and design aspects.

If anyone here is thinking about laying a new patio then this should really help.

  • Marg C
    Marg C Middletown, NY
    thanks for the tips!
  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    Cool, contemporary patio.
  • Columbus, MS
    Hi Marg - you're welcome :) I quite liked the video, the presenters certainly gave some very good design ideas.
  • Lisa Pennington
    Lisa Pennington San Antonio, TX
  • Dee W
    Dee W Rock Creek, OH
    Great tips-and the video was filled with ideas. I love the look of sandstone but am intrigued with the stone mat. Lots to dream about-thank you.
  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    My patio laying days are over but I absolutly adore them! I think a small patio belongs anywhere when conditions are suitable.!!
  • Columbus, MS
    Hi Dee - I have to agree, the Sandstone in the video was my favorite. I err on the side of contemporary / minimalist design and the Sandstone produces such clean lines. So happy it provided a little inspiration. Have a great day! Graham
  • Columbus, MS
    Hi Jeanette, I think most people do actually give a great deal of thought nowadays as to where a patio should be situated in the garden, not simply for aesthetics but also for practicality.
  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    I didn't mean to mislead point is, everyone needs one somewhere! And that they do not have to be large and elaborate! People can think in terms of a "nook"!
  • Columbus, MS
    Hi Jeanette - absolutely, a patio can be any shape or size you want. I've seen some extremely nice examples of tiny patios tucked away in a quiet part of the garden - perfect for that time when you need to relax away from it all :)