When designing a patio, the designer should respond to the existing terrain, the design of the house, and the surrounding buildings. The environment and weather patterns where the home is located also play a major role. A designer can formulate a starting point when using this information combined with the client’s own needs and requirements.
1. Underground Patio Open to the Sky
Consider an underground patio open to the sky. If the house sits on the side of a hill, or if part of it is underground, a below ground level patio which is open to the sky can become a peaceful and meditative environment. Low level lighting horticultural elements may be combined with vertical walls that extend above ground level, topped with railing.
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2. Wide Open Space
A patio open to the elements on ground level should be considered by those who live in warm, temperate, or Mediterranean environments. Many homeowners enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing by the pool in warmer climates.
3. Covered Patios
Some homeowners may desire to have their patio designed with a roof and no exterior walls, so that they can be outside when it is raining. In colder environments, fireplaces and fire pits may be used, and a chimney may be needed. At times, with covered patios, there may also be a need for railing. Patios may be fully or partially covered with a roof, depending on the requirements of the homeowner.
4. Include the Water Element
The water element may be incorporated into a design in a diverse range of creative ways. Flowing water, waterfalls, pools, Jacuzzis, and aquariums are just some of the ways water can be used to enhance a beautiful outdoor environment. Be creative with water as an element in the design to bring beauty and life to your outdoor space.
5. Sliding Partition Walls
Use sliding partition walls for security and comfort to create a semi-natural climate controlled patio space. A few patio door security ideas include: large thick glass to protect electronics, valuables, and other possessions, an an alarm system connected to the patio door, and cameras and motion sensors around the patio doors. Partially enclosed patios can be a fun way to feel comfortable and part of the natural environment at the same time.
The Finalized Design
If the homeowner is to be satisfied with the final design, they must get what they want, first and foremost. The amount of leeway that they give to the designer is up to their own confidence in that particular designer. Patios are fun and relaxing outdoor environments which can be made simply ideal spaces.