Patio Improvement Tips for Spring and Summer
If you want to make improvements to your outdoor space, now is the perfect time to do so. Spring is well on the way, so you have several months to plan and prepare your new
If you want to make improvements to your outdoor space, now is the perfect time to do so. Spring is well on the way, so you have several months to plan and prepare your new garden and patio. Getting ready now also means that you’ll be good to go with the barbeque when summer rolls in!
Here are some great ideas to spruce up your patio this spring.
Build a New Patio
Is your patio well past its best? If so, rather than renovating it, why not plan a new one?
Homeowners often inherit a patio conceived by the previous owners. If it looks fantastic, you’re in luck, but more often than not, older patios are cracked, full of weeds, in the wrong location, or poorly designed and constructed.
If you want to create an amazing patio for summer, consider multi-level patios or an extended patio that wraps around the house. It could be the best investment you ever made!
Give the Patio a Deep Clean
Often, a deep clean is all it takes to restore a tired looking patio back to its former glory. Use a sharp edging tool to clean out weeds between paving stones and use a pressure washer to blitz the stones. Lastly, fill in any cracks with a mixture of dry sand and cement, to prevent weeds returning and spoiling your hard work.
Planters and Pots
Invest in some new planters and pots and fill them with attractive spring flowers. For fragrant summer evenings, plant aromatic herbs. Some varieties of scented flowers and herbs act as excellent insect deterrents, which is ideal if you plan on using your patio for outdoor entertaining.
Wooden tables are OK if you only eat outdoors occasionally, but if you want the ‘wow’ factor, stylish built-in patio furniture is an excellent investment. The great thing about built-in furniture is that it is weather resistant, and you don’t need to store it away when winter comes. You can also rest easy if a storm arrives unexpectedly – there’s zero chance of your patio table ending up in the next county!
Outdoor kitchens are popular with celebrities, but you don’t need to be Mr. Mega Bucks to install a stylish outdoor kitchen. As long as you have an electric and water supply in your patio area, you can build a food prep area with sink, refrigerator, and install a BBQ and/or pizza oven. It’s the perfect place to entertain friends and prepare al fresco meals. Don’t forget to add a wine cooler too!
Fire pits are great fun. You can toast marshmallows and snuggle up with a loved one while watching the flames flicker. Fire pits are available at all price points, so add one to your patio this summer. You won’t regret it!
Patio lighting is essential, especially if you are planning to entertain guests. Solar lighting is cheap and requires zero electrical supply, so add some bling with pretty string lights and stick solar post lights in planters and tubs.
Other great ideas include decorative stone inlays and tile mosaics, a pagoda, and seat walls.