Dinner al fresco. Ice cream among twinkling fireflies. Morning coffee and a magazine.
All that comes to mind when I’m dreaming up our someday patio! (I do love to imagine the end result, don’t I?)
Today I’m talking patio inspiration.
The current area where we will be putting a patio tucks into a corner of the back of our house. When we bought this house, there was a considerable amount of water damage to the concrete foundation – which we have fixed. To help prevent any more water issues, we will be grading the yard away from the house, and also putting in a patio to help. (If the Moose says we “have” to install a patio, I don’t ask questions.)
There are three things I’m looking for in a patio:
1. Budget friendly
2. Organic feeling
3. Low maintenance
It’s been surprisingly difficult to find realistic patio inspiration ideas. There are a lot of “builder basic” patios out there online. And the photos I’ve found on Pinterest and Houzz are glamazon outdoor living rooms.
This is a collection of images I’ve saved all with features I’d like to consider when we’re ready to do our patio:
We’ve discussed creating our patio using three different methods: 1. brick, 2. pavers, 3. stampcrete (or stamped concrete).
We have yet to price everything out, but generally brick and pavers are more expensive (and very DIY labor intensive), and concrete is less expensive. Concrete will also give us more protection from the water issues our home has experienced in the past.
I really like the pattern in the image above – hard to believe it’s concrete! You can also stain concrete. But, I think we’re leaning towards the natural gray you see above.
I like how this patio has a decorative border around it. It’s a nice finishing detail that really makes the stonework sing.
A lot of patios have a small stone walls, or raised planters to add privacy and designate the patio space. But I tend to like the more organic feeling patios that feel like they grew there themselves! A border is a nice way of making that distinction while still staying ground level.
Glory Cottage, that’s right! I would love to sit on this patio all day long!
I like the abundance of potted plants on this patio.
Maybe a potted herb garden will be in order?
There is just something lovely and romantic about pergolas.
I like how this pergola makes the patio feel so connected to the house. Since our patio will be tucked into a corner (kind of like this patio), it’s creates a cozy little nook.
Again, we’re thinking of lots of ways we can better connect the patio to the house.
We have a walk-out basement, which will lead to the patio. But that means we have exposed concrete bricks where our (supposed-to-be-nice-and-pretty) patio will go. We’ve talked about a number of ways to cheer it up, and one of them is ivy.
There’s something so New England about ivy. We would, however, install vertical trellises so the ivy grows on that instead of creating problems with the roots weakening the concrete foundation.
It looks like I have a lot of research work cut out for me!
Do you have a patio or outdoor living space?
What’s your favorite part about it? Any recommendations?