Home Renovation Ideas: Adding A Patio To Your Backyard
Nowadays people want to develop their outdoor areas as more than just an area to walk around in the evenings and mornings. Gardens alongside houses are being used as barbecue arenas, venues for get-togethers and several other purposes. Whether small or large, outdoor spaces are extensively being used as an extension of living space these days.
Add Value To Your Outdoor Space
One wonderful way to add value to an outdoor space is to install a patio in it. A patio is an appealing low budget method of creating some extra space in your dwelling. However, there are several things such as the surrounding landscape and the construction material which must be considered by you before venturing out to add a patio to your backyard.
When it comes to construction material, you need to take into account the construction material for two major things: the patio pavers and the patio cover. Here is an insight into various options available in Australian markets for patio covers and patio pavers which will leave you better informed about the patio construction process:
1. Patio pavers
- Choosing patio pavers.
Patio pavers are available in a variety of sizes, texture, color, cost and ease of installation. The most heavily subscribed to patio pavers are of concrete, stone and brick and can be used add lot of value to your patio.
- Patio pavers installation
No matter how many types of patio pavers are available in the markets, the techniques of laying them are very similar. Pavers that are installed without mortar are laid on a base of crushed stone and a stone dust setting bed. Paving projects which necessitate the use of mortar lay stones over a solid slab of concrete.
2. Patio covers
There is no denial that a patio need not necessarily be covered with a roof and walls, however, with the addition of a roof or walls, the space becomes ready for perennial usage. Australian markets are replete with huge range of materials for covering patios making it difficult to know which one to go with. To ease your predicament, here is a guide to various patio covering materials alongwith their pros and cons.
- A wooden framework mounted on either timber or brick support makes excellent covering for a patio.
- If you are doing it yourself, it is wise to refrain from adding a sloped tiled roof because it is a very labor intensive job. You can cut down on labor by purchasing readymade trusses from the market.
- If you raise your budget by a little amount, you can get fiberglass or IBR sheets installed. Fiberglass forms one of the most expensive options of covering the patio and looks very appealing too however it requires regular maintenance to remain looking good. Besides this, fiberglass also becomes brittle due to excessive heat of the sun and may even tear loose due to strong winds.
- Another aesthetically appealing and functional patio roofing option is bamboo. However, bamboo must be treated before it is installed to allow it to last long.
- If you wish to go for a fabric covering, you will have to dig more into your pockets and will also have to get the fabric replaced sooner.
- If your idea behind adding a patio is to have an entertainment area, it is wise to consider frameless glass doors or leave one wall entirely open.
- IBR sheets can be placed on wooden framework however, this has a major downside. When it pours heavily, IBR sheets produce a deafening noise which can be detrimental for your entertainment plans in the patio. Besides this, IBR sheets are also known to conduct heat which makes them unsuitable for use in summers. Such heat conducting properties may force users to get insulating panels or false ceiling installed underneath the sheets.
If you plan the construction of a patio carefully, you can create it within a limited space and budget. Addition of a patio might be an expensive project to undertake but it offers you the maximum ROI by allowing you a seamless transition from the indoors of your house to its outdoors and by adding more usability to your outdoor spaces.
To avoid going wrong with the material, it is best to know the material that will best suit your space and know its pros and cons too through some research.