Patio ideas

Patios add another element of living to your home

Lucky for us, winter is mild in Central Texas. This means we can enjoy the outdoors year round. Nothing beats a cool night on a patio, fire-pit blazing while taking in the clear Texas sky. It seems like most of our clients enjoy their patio in the evenings and are thankful they decided to build their outdoor living space.

Patios also add another element of living to your home. Not all “rooms” have to have four walls and carpet. Outdoor living areas can serve many purposes and come in many different shapes with several material selections.

For Maven Landscapes, our most commonly installed patio is an Oklahoma Flagstone. These stones are set on a concrete base and typically laid in a random pattern.

Flagstones come in all shapes, colors, textures and sizes. Selection of the material chosen depends on personal preferences, style and blending with the architecture of the house. A traditional home might use more of an Ashlar pattern stone or brick while a Mediterranean style home could lend to a random flagstone with warm earth tone colors. A modern home might use a simple concrete.

Patio layout can vary from curved to square or rectangular. My preference is more of a rectangular layout that allows for plants, pots and seat walls to soften the perimeter.

When planning your living area, the location plays an important part in usability and function as well. The patio shouldn’t be too far away from your home or you’ll never use it. Too large and it loses its intimacy — unless you frequently throw large parties — then I expect an invitation to your soirees.

After the patio is built, how about a roof covering? This could be in the form of a sail cloth, pergola or covered roof extension.

Whether you choose flagstone, concrete, decomposed granite or brick. Give Maven Landscapes a call to help with design and installation for your outdoor living space.

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