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Do you look forward to summer in the backyard? Sitting chatting with friends with a cold drink while the children play happily with their toys? How about creating a little patio area outside the backdoor to make a little get-together area for you and your friends?
You can lay your patio base using just about any hard material you like. Reclaimed bricks are inexpensive and can be used to make fantastic herringbone patterns. Flagstones are an excellent choice for patios, as is wooden decking. It is essential that whatever material you choose won’t get too slippy in the rain. A bench or a couple of chairs and a small table, maybe a few fairy lights, will allow you to create a cozy atmosphere. You can have friends over for coffee on a cold day and some ice-cold margaritas in the summer. Why not put a few pots of herbs around the patio, making a little kitchen garden? You could even grow your own mint for those margaritas! A word on mint: keep it separate from your other herbs. It has a tendency to take over in the pot and muscle out the other herbs.
This all sounds so relaxing, but the reality can be a little different, can’t it? Sometimes that sun is just too hot, and it forces you inside. But sipping your cocktails sitting between a noisy fan and an open window just isn’t the same, is it? The kids just get cranky confined to the house in the heat too. Furthermore, that outdoor space is out of bounds during wet weather. Maybe you should think about going one step further and creating a covered patio.
If you want a covered patio that will really enhance your lifestyle, think about installing one that has the highest roof possible. A flyover roof over your outdoor space could be attached to the top of your house. Height is significant because a high ceiling will provide plenty of room for hot air to rise and be dispersed, keeping you beautifully cool. It will also maintain as much light as possible for your patio. The covered patio will also be ideal for the children to play on, allowing them to be in the fresh air while protecting their sensitive skin from the sun.
Your covered patio area will also be great for wintertime, giving you a space to sit and contemplate the snow and the rain without getting wet. When you are choosing the patio roof, choose an insulated roof as that will keep you warmer in the winter – and cooler in the summer. The insulation will also provide a degree of noise insulation so you won’t be deafened by the insistent drumming of hailstones in the winter. Your giggly get-togethers on summer evenings won’t wake the kids asleep upstairs either.
Patio roofs can be very stylish, and the added space and amenity will doubtless add value to your house – if you can ever bear to leave the place!
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