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Do you struggle to find enough space in your home to entertain family and friends for picnics and parties? If so, it might be time for you to consider adding a patio area for entertaining and enjoyment. Here, you'll find a few ideas to incorporate into your new patio area.
Hire a Concrete Contractor
This may seem like a fairly simple project, but if the concrete work isn't done right, it will quickly become an eyesore that you wish you'd never added to your property. You see, if the foundation of the patio isn't prepped properly before concrete is poured, the concrete could crack, sink, and crumble in just a few short years.
Before you meet with the contractor, take some time to look at pictures of various patios online. This will give you lots of ideas to work with. As you find ideas that you like, bookmark them on your computer or phone or print them out so that you can share them with the contractor. He or she will then be able to take the ideas that you have and come up with a plan that will work for the space and your budget.
Instead of having to buy new patio furniture every few years, you can have permanent seating included in the design of the patio. This seating can be made using concrete products which will last year and years before needing to be replaced. You can purchase pillows and pads to put on the concrete to make it a bit more comfortable and inviting.
Tip: This type of seating is ideal for fire-pit areas of the patio. You won't have to worry about the chairs getting moved to close to the fire and getting ruined or catching on fire.
Lighting up your patio area will be pretty easy because these days, you don't have to run electrical wiring to connect exterior lighting to the home's power grid. Solar-powered lights can be found in just about any form imaginable. You can get string lights, post lights, or even install railings with built-in solar-powered lights.
Tip: Consider installing ground lighting in the area leading from the home to the patio. These lights can be dim — they're just there to get you and your guests from the home to the patio safely.
Talk with a concrete contractor near you to learn what else you can do to make your new patio exactly what you want it to be.