How to Choose the Right Location for your Patio

WHILE MOST PATIOS ARE LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE THE BACK DOOR, THEY CAN BE JUST AS COMFORTABLE IN THE LANDSCAPE.

A smart strategy is to build terraces near rooms that have similar functions. A patio for kitchen and dining near the kitchen provides easy access to dishes, refrigerator, dishwasher and sink. Larger areas for collection, as well as outdoor living rooms with patio furniture, can seamlessly flow from a living room or family room, establishing a strong indoor and outdoor connection. Comfortable terraces for two are a delightful addition to any home when placed right behind a master or guest room. Front-yard patios are a bit like porches before they are welcoming in nature and help create a sense of community. Terraces can be built around a pool for summer fun or a more remote location in the landscape to create an intriguing getaway. In urban areas, a rooftop can be an expensive destination. A flat space is usually less expensive to build on the hillside, which requires the classification and construction of retaining walls. Still terraced patios are among the best ways to use a steep slope.

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Building patios adjacent to the house makes it easier to tap into plumbing, electricity and gas lines for grilling, outdoor kitchens, water features and lighting. And before you go too far into the design process, be sure to check local building codes and setbacks that could affect your plans. Also consider the relationship of your patio to the surrounding landscape. Are there particular views you would like to keep? Placing a patio in a different location or moving slightly would give you greater privacy from the neighbors? What about sun, shade and wind patterns during the time of the year will you spend the most time outdoors? All of these considerations reflect in your choice of a patio location.