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Arrangement Ideas for the Patio

Arrangement Ideas for the Patio

What is the major difference between a patio that works and that which doesn’t? It all lies in the design of the patio. Of course, design starts from the location of the outdoor space and right onto the furniture used as well as the other elements introduced into the space. 

As an exterior designer, perhaps you may not have been consulted on the location of the patio, but it would now be up to you to make the space work regardless of its location. What are some of the ideal patio arrangement ideas?

1. Have a focal point

No matter the size of the patio, you as the designer should always create a focal point. Of course, the focal point should function in accordance with and be relevant to the space. For instance, it would be pointless to create a fountain as a focal point when the patio is overlooking the ocean, wouldn’t it? 

2. Arrange the furniture around the focal point

Not to say that all your furniture should be concentrated close to the focal point; but what is meant here is that somehow, the furniture should be tied up at the focal point. You could have benches close to the focal point, a couple of chairs some distance away, or even a seated screened area still some distance away from the focal point; yet somehow, they should all feel like they are united by the focal point. How they tie up is all up to you – the exterior designer.

3. Make ultimate use of the hardscape

The hardscape can be used for many functions; and not many designers realize this fact. You could use hardscape to define paths and walkways, to screen away the private areas; to create water features and even to introduce variety within the space. 

Establish traffic patterns using hardscape and you will realize how fast this will transform the patio. As an exterior designer, you should know the suitable measurements required for human movements and using this you should create functioning traffic patterns to render the outdoor space usable. 

4. Design the patio according to its anticipated use

How shall be patio be used? For large gatherings and parties? For private family meetings? For relaxation after a long day? For private dinners? How the space shall be arranged will depend on its use. For instance, if the patio is anticipated for daytime use only, then there would not be that much or a need to have a fire pit within the space. 

5. Turn the patio into a sanctuary

For this to be possible, you should plan on how you will block public views to the patio and even how you will control external noise. As far as shading or screening the area is concerned, you could use shrubs and trees or even umbrellas and pergolas to seclude the patio space from the neighbor’s second floor or even from the street.

When it comes to eliminating noise from external elements, you could go for a fountain. Placed in the noise path, the fountain will not only create ambiance within the patio, but it will also drown any unwanted noise.

As much as you are taking various aspects into consideration, the ultimate consideration the exterior designer should make when arranging a patio is the lifestyle of the anticipated users of that space. Understanding their ways will be the ultimate guide to creating a functional space for that particular group of people.

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