How to Plan for Building a Patio

Get great ideas for your new outdoor space with these helpful tips on how to plan for building a patio.

Plan for Building Patio

Plan for Building Patio

A person in a bobcat getting the ground ready planning for building a backyard patio on the back of the house.

Photo by: Photo Credit: Tim Wilson

Photo Credit: Tim Wilson

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You've explored several deck and patio design ideas, and you're ready to create the outdoor living space of your dreams and increase your home's value by adding a beautiful patio. But before you let the shovels hit the dirt, check out these great tips for how to plan for building a patio.

9 Patio Design Ideas

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

The first question to ask yourself (not aloud, if you can help it) is: "What's this patio for?" Is it primarily a space for entertaining large groups? Will it mostly host just immediate family members and smaller gatherings? Decide up front whether you're building a space for a "get raucous get together," quiet family time or something in between.

Secondly, you need to decide where your patio should be located. Adjacent to the house or a deck is the most common choice here, since these options provide easy access to a kitchen. But if you have the space, consider a second, more far-flung spot. You might end up with more natural surroundings and a great getaway space.

Don't skimp on space. Remember when you're designing the patio that it's going to be populated with furniture, installations like fire pits or grills, and people. Matching the patio size to the overall scale of the house or an inside room is usually a good rule of thumb.

In terms of shape, curvy designs are trendy right now, but you should choose based on what works best with your home's design and appearance. Similarly, you'll want to choose building materials that complement the style and hue of your home.

Keeping these simple tips in mind as you plan to build your patio should help make the experience much simpler and have you and your friends and family enjoying the great outdoors in style in no time.

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