After the first flush of spring, many garden patios are in need of a bit of attention before the summer is in full swing. Oftentimes, the grout between the patio’s slabs becomes grimy, or weeds have started to become established. Exterior furniture can begin to take on faded appearance. When you have a good block of time it is well worth setting to work with a spray jet to hose down your furniture and rejuvenate the flagstones.
Work out any weeds with a fork and plan your bedding plants for the patio’s pots and planters. A spring clean like this can be enough to breathe new life into your home’s patio area, making it a welcoming place once again.
However, if your patio has been much the same for years, then it may be time to consider a more extensive makeover. You don’t need to rip out the old patio and start again to get a new look. Try some simpler makeover tips to get a refreshed look that will make your patio the place to be by in time for summer.
Extend Your Patio.
If your patio feels a little bit poky, then it might be time to shift away some of the planters and pots that share the space with your garden furniture. Sure, you want some growth close by, but plants should not dominate the space. A patio is a place for sitting out and being comfortable with a bit of space.
It should be designed around seating rather than planting. However, if you want to makeover your patio with the most dramatic effect, then extend it further into the garden. Your patio does not need to be a regular shape. Consider extending a rectangular patio with a semi circular curve into the lawn area. If you can’t find the same flagstones, don’t worry. Simply choose another material that is deliberately different rather than going for a close match.
Add A Water Feature.
There is something about the sound of running water gurgling away that makes a place feel more relaxing. By adding a water feature to your patio, you will not only alter the look of the space, but also the sound. Indeed, water features, that encourage a range aquatic plants to grow, can also change the fragrance of the space. Water features should have running water, so don’t opt for a pond near to your seating area. They can be as small or as grand as your available space dictates. Use a silent running pump to keep the water flow going without disturbing the tranquillity of your garden’s patio.
Patios And Decking.
Patios and decking do mix. Sometimes it can seem like you have to choose between one or the other. If your patio has a step up to the house, install some decking on top of it to make the transition between outside and inside more natural. Alternatively, create a flagged pathway that connects a remote decking area to your patio, linking the two distinct zones of the garden. If your decking area is raised in a balcony, consider a shaded patio area beneath it.
A fire adds warmth to a patio seating area like no other design feature. Raised fires create a focal point that makes your patio seem like an external lounge. The addition of one will mean that you use the patio are longer into the evening during the summer months.
Enclose the Zone.
Walls and balustrades that encircle your patio also add to the sense of an external room. This is a particularly good idea if you use your patio for al fresco dining and already have an outdoor oven or a barbecue. Low level walls also make a great impromptu seat, which can be handy if you have lots of guests over at any one time.