There are a number of considerations to make when it comes to installing a custom patio, with size being one of the most important ones. In addition to the cost of your project, the size you opt for will also influence the final aesthetics of your patio, as well as the functionality it provides.
At Paver Connection, we have helped hundreds of homeowners from Katy and Houston realize their dream of a unique custom patio. We work closely with our clients, and our team is always happy to provide advice and recommendations to our clients during every stage of the project.
Here, we’ve put together a guide that’ll help you determine the right size for your custom patio.
Start with a Sketch
Begin by sketching out your patio. List all the activities you’ll be using your patio for and assign each activity to a specific portion of the patio. Remember to leave plenty of space for traffic flow, the outdoor furniture and the activity itself.
If the final sketch indicates that you require more space, you can either assign particular places to fulfill a dual purpose, or just expand the covered area. The next step is giving a unique identity to each area of the patio. Separate them both physically and visually with a change in the decking pattern or trellises, planters or benches. Different levels with connecting steps or a T-shaped patio makes it easy to divide spaces for different activities.
Testing Out the Site
After you’ve tested the plan on paper, the next step is to test it on the actual site. First mark the covered area of the patio with either spray paint or chalk. Then, you can start placing the patio equipment and furniture.
If you haven’t gotten round to buying the patio furniture yet, you can use your interior furnishings as substitutes. After you’re done placing the furnishings, step back and assess the scale of the patio. It should be proportional to the backyard and the house.
Match Footage with Function
Many patios have plenty of square footage but still end up feeling stuffy. This happens because not enough consideration was givento activities and traffic flow. The following guidelines will help you steer clear of this problem:
- Dining area for 4 people requires an area of at least 10×10 feet. 12×12 for 6 to 8 people.
- A round table with 6 chairs requires a circular area that’s at least 9 feet in diameter.
- A cooking area with a grill will need 6 square feet.
- A sitting area for 4 to 6 people will require a 10×10 foot area.
If you’re based in Houston or Katy, TX Paver Connection can help turn your dream patio into reality! In addition to custom patios, we also specialize in driveway replacements and commercial paving projects. Get in touch with us today for an estimate.