Here’s Your Patio Initial Planning Guide


First, it helps to think from bottom to top (or vice versa) so that you won’t miss any huge detail. For example, starting from the bottom you’ll think about the flooring and paving (e.g. cement floor, natural stone) of the outdoor structure. Then, on the side you’ll plan for the supporting columns and whether the patio will be an open, semi-enclosed or an enclosed one. Finally, when it comes to the roofing (flat, peaked, curved) you’ll choose an appropriate material (e.g. metal, polycarbonate).

Patio initial planning guide

For first-time homeowners or those who finally consider having a patio, a pergola or any outdoor structure for shade, gathering and other purposes, this is a huge step just like with a kitchen or bathroom remodel. They have to consider several factors and variables before finalising an outdoor project on their property.

Surely it will also be a challenge for you as you have to read about the materials and costs (as well as view many ideas and sources of inspiration). You want to ensure that the result will indeed be final (no regrets, no rework) and that it will totally complement your home’s exterior design.

Further, you also want to ensure that you and your guests will be protected from UV and heat. Additional insulation might be installed for that or better, a good material designed for that can be installed in the first place. It can also help to design the patio for maximum air circulation and ventilation for natural cooling.

You might also want to think about the elevation, view and privacy. It helps to visualise how people nearby will view the patio and your home. If privacy is a priority, an enclosed patio could be better. It’s also good to take note of the patio’s orientation towards the sun. Perhaps sunlight will directly hit where you sit or during the hours you’re most likely to stay outdoors.

Those are just some of the considerations in planning a patio or in general any outdoor structure in your residential property. It’s good to sit down and list the most important features and considerations before contacting a professional or browsing for materials. This way you’ll start with your requirements and preferences and then look through the matching options.