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Design the Perfect Patio with Tips on Proper Placement and Size

One of the biggest challenges faced by homeowners updating their backyards is determining proper size and placement of a new patio. The Concrete Network has put together a short list of tips covering these challenges. From patio size and dimensions to placement and layout, these tips cover topics such as functionality, shade considerations, types of patios and more.

Concrete patio featuring decorative concrete.When considering building a patio, it's important to choose between one large patio or several smaller ones depending on the size of the property and the patios' intended use. Good patio design consists of creating an extension of the home for entertaining and relaxing year around. There are four popular types of patios to choose from: the bistro patio, the living room patio, the outdoor dining area and the sundeck patio.

"Homeowners almost always want an extension of their house. They want something that flows with the indoor flooring, and has shade as well as sun," says Mike Boeddekker, of Pristine Concrete in Calif.

There is a tendency to want to place one large patio at the rear of the house. This design is rarely practical and it's important to remember that the main goal of a patio should be its functionality. Patios are often, better off being broken up into several smaller patios since there is a natural tendency for people to break off into small groups to begin with.

Patio placement can be a challenging task to tackle. Some other factors such as shade and landscaping should also be taken into consideration with the placement of a patio. Careful placement of trees and patio cover structures will ensure a comfortable living space and a successful design. Consider including a walkway that connects the patio to a welcoming garden.

Read more about concrete and other patio tips online.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Network's purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications. These include stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. In 2007 The Concrete Network Website had over 11 million visitors researching decorative concrete.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find a Concrete Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by 23 types of decorative concrete work and 202 regional areas throughout North America.

Attached photo courtesy of Advanced Concrete Enhancement.

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