Patios can be used as a hub for outdoor entertainment. However there are many factors can affect its building among which the most important
factor is the location. The site of locating a patio will directly influence its use and the intended purpose. If the intended use is let’s say, outside
dining, having it constructed close to the kitchen will automatically increases the likelihood of its use.
Another factor to put into consideration when setting up a patio is the micro-climate, this are factors like the availability of sun, wind, sound unpleasant view and privacy. You may need to add shade or screen the unpleasant view or rather find another location all together. Having a ready master plan for the pavers may help with dealing with such challenges.
The view from your- would be the sitting position should be put into consideration; this can be taken care of by adding an attractive fence
or planting of flowers. If only for instance a portion of the view is desired, you can complement it by adding a frame with carefully positioned gaps in the screen.
You should also consider the proximity of structures and trees that can get root damaged or damage the patio itself. Accessibility of electricity for lighting and water for fountains should also be checked into.
The patio design should take into account the shape or style of the house and the garden. The size should be considerable given that large patios are expensive and may not be necessary if the targeted use is for only a few friends and or family gatherings.
The patio should be level, to provide for seating and entertainment. This is one of the advantages of having a patio over a lawn which can be a
difficult place to set tables and chairs more so after rains, it can get soggy
Generally a patio is supposed to be open and exposed giving a spilling view of the surroundings, however, to avoid feeling of being exposed you may consider adding a pergola or overhead structures to give it a sense of containment.
Having a patio close to the house will greatly increase its usage as you will be constantly aware of it, it can also be constructed to serve as a transitional area between the house and the garden.
To make a patio private and secluded, you can make use of the already existing walls of the house or garage while screening the other portions,
providing a partial exposure creates a sense of intimacy making the patio an ideal place to have dinner.
You can change the grade of a patio by having it slightly raised or rather lowered. This goes well with a relatively level garden. A sunken patio will call for the need for some form of drainage while a raised one will easily drain if the surface is built with a slight slope.
Underutilized areas like those that receive little sunlight or those that are a difficult spots to maintain plants or a lawn can be utilized by constructing a patio over them.