Designing a patio gives one more creative freedom than designing interior spaces for the home. Since you are not confined or restricted by walls, you can create spaces that are truly unique and reflective of your outdoor lifestyle. Find out which 3 factors dictate the shape your patio is going to take.
Outdoor area’s shape and size
Your outdoor area’s shape and size is the first factor to consider when determining your patio shape. Does it have uniform sides like a square or rectangle? Does it have sharp corners like a triangle or is it more free-flowing with its curves and uneven sides?
Will it be for a single function like an outdoor living room for the family? Or will you use it to be a dual function area such as a combined outdoor kitchen and dining room? Or maybe a multi-functional area with all these outdoor structures? As long as the area permits it, feel free to combine shapes that will help you achieve the best layout for your outdoor area’s functions. You may have a rectangle shape for an outdoor kitchen and dining room connected to a square living room with a fire pit in the center. And lastly, a free flowing garden area that makes your green landscape a miniature nature trip on its own.
Your House Architecture
Modern houses may command definite shaped patios such as square or rectangle, while contemporary homes with a more laidback garden design can play around with flee-flowing patio shapes that do not need to conform to the house style. It will fit well with informal gardens and large outdoor areas where space isn’t a problem.
Knowing these 3 factors can help you decide what patio shape you should start with for a better patio layout. A defined patio shape will also help you trim your ideas and plan for patio elements.