Probably one of the most significant trends in home design has been happening over really the past decade or so. This trend is in creating more usable and livable outdoor spaces. The concept of outdoor living is relatively new, though we’ve been enjoying patios and front yard porches since the dawn of the modern home. It is just that with the way we live our lives now and the way that society has changed, it is much more common to utilize our backyard patio over the front yard.
Sure, people still enjoy their front yards, kids play up front and neighbors wave, but the real magic is happening in the backyard. Design ideas from landscaping to patio structures have been evolving over the past decade or more.
One particular area of interest is with patio covers
and patio designs. Where you once might have called a slab of concrete with some patio furniture and a grill ‘done’ this is just not true anymore. Now, you don’t need to have more than that to enjoy your patio or backyard space, but let’s talk a bit about some possibilities for a dream backyard patio.
There are patio structures that are quite simple in design, but give you a variety of options for outdoor living. Consider the pergola. This simple post and beam structure can give you a great framework upon which you can build and layer in other accessories and patio elements. Things like outdoor lighting, furniture, outdoor fireplaces and kitchens are just a few ideas.
More exotic patio cover designs
call for tropical themes or even fully furnished outdoor kitchens that even a professional chef can appreciate. In the end, your patio should help reflect your particular needs and priorities when it comes to outdoor entertaining. If you are more of a weekend lounge lizard, then your patio should reflect that. When homeowners do more entertaining or evening dinner parties, a patio that helps to create more ambiance is appreciated. Best wishes and happy designing!