Five Ways to Transform Your Patio Space

Lounging with an armchair on the patio Lecture fresh air

If you haven’t considered how your backyard or patio space can do more for your home, now is the time. Your outdoors should be just as considered on your home renovation journey as any other part of your house, with the added benefit that a great patio space and yard can help you connect with nature. It’s great for your well-being and an excellent way to relax and cozy up. Even if you live in an area that experiences winters, there are so many great ways that you can transform your outdoor space:

1. Create or Define Your Patio Area

A patio area is an essential addition to any outdoor space. It’s where you can put furniture, a barbecue, and even a firepit. All of these are essential for any outdoor living space, but many homes simply go from your backdoor to grass. If this sounds like your home, it’s time to change that. You can use wood, brick, or stone to define your patio area.

2. Block Out Weather (And Neighbors)

Next, you’ll want to consider how you can weatherproof your patio. Even something as simple as having an awning can help you get so much more out of your outdoor space. For the best results, consider adding a roof and a wall that helps cut off the worst of the wind. This does not have to be an encapsulated space, just one that lets you snuggle up outside even when the weather isn’t perfect.

3. Consider Adding Heating

Adding heating to your patio is a great way to make it fall and winter-ready. You could get a small electric fireplace, a real fireplace, or alternatively, if you want the most energy-efficient and eco option, a heater. Electric radiant heaters are up to 94% efficient and can start heating up in just thirty seconds, letting you get the most out of your patio for less.

4. Think of Ambient Lighting

Lighting will play a huge role in how cozy and comfortable the space is. Instead of having overhead lights, try to focus on low lighting. Low lighting can come from string lights, patio lights, and garden lights. If your patio space is completely enclosed, you can consider using lamps. However, if it’s open to the elements, you’ll need to be mindful of what lighting options can withstand stormy weather.

5. Furniture and Décor

Your design should be true to you, but there are a few things to remember. The first is materials. If you opt for a classic like wood, then you will need to treat the wood and perform maintenance at least yearly so that it doesn’t become weather-worn. There are plastic materials that are very sturdy and won’t rot, though these can be pricey.

When it comes to your soft furnishings like cushions or pillows, aim to have a small storage chest either just inside your home or alternatively invest in a water-tight storage box outdoors.

As for any décor that could fall over and break in heavy winds, use glue, museum wax, or another fixing to secure the item to its place.

This will make your patio beautiful and weatherproof so you can enjoy it throughout the year.

Bella Duckworth

Bella Duckworth

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“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand, it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid

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