Want To Improve Your Patio For Summer? Here Are 5 Ways You Can DIY
With the upcoming season of Spring approaching us, it would be nice to have an area you can enjoy outside. If you are thinking of improving your outdoor entertaining area/s, we have 5 suggestions to help you improve the look and feel.
When you want to relax and unwind outside, sometimes it’s too hot - especially if you don't have any cover. If your patio faces east, west or south, and you don’t have sufficient shade, there’s a good chance that the sun’s hot rays make it uncomfortable to sit out there during the daytime hours. So, if that lack of shade is keeping you off the patio, here are some ideas.
Build a pergola and take your outdoor furniture and get it under cover. If you want to go a less expensive route, you could get an umbrella, patio awnings or a shade sail. If you want something more natural, plant a shade tree so when it becomes fully grown it will provide natural shade. There are plenty of options, no matter what your budget or your space.
If it’s just the look of your patio you’re tired of, try staining it. Concrete stains are a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of your patio with a touch of vibrant color. And the best news? You can do it yourself in just one weekend!
All you have to do is wet the concrete and spray on the stain which then becomes a permanent part of the surface. While this can fade over time, a sealer will help protect your patio from the harsh elements. Most home centers sell concrete stains and the color is added just like it is with paint. A gallon should cover up to about 400 square feet.
Build a Privacy Fence
If you feel a bit exposed while relaxing and entertaining on your patio, perhaps it’s time for a privacy fence. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to fences. Do your research to make sure your fence is compliant with any local building codes your city may have and it will actually block your view of what you are seeking privacy from.
Once your fence is in place, you can add hanging baskets, planters or decorative outdoor lights to make the space your own. Don’t want a wood fence? Depending on your space and landscaping, alternatives such as fast-growing and dense trees or shrubs may work.
Make it More Comfy
Nobody wants to relax on a boring and uncomfortable slab of concrete - nor can you. Bring your patio space to life with lighting, flowers and comfortable furniture. Try adding lanterns or string lights so you can enjoy the space in the evening after the sun goes down. Flowers, herbs and plants will help make the patio space feel homier, smell delightful and even attract butterflies. Add some plants, such as catnip, marigolds and rosemary, which are known to keep mosquitoes away.
Finally, make your patio space where people will want to relax in your comfortable furniture. Make sure there’s a place for everyone to sit and add outdoor pillows, an outdoor rug and a portable fire pit to round out your outdoor living room.
If your current concrete patio is cracked and looking worn and weathered, there’s no need to tear it out and start over. Instead, just cover that old concrete. Wooden deck tiles snap together and come in many sizes and styles. One benefit is the tiles can be removed and relocated if needed. They also stay cooler than concrete, so you won’t burn your toes when walking barefoot when the sun has been out for a while.
Pavers also come in many styles and sizes. You will need to scrub the edges of the patio, figure out the layout for the pavers and spread a flatbed of sand before laying the pavers, but you can cover an average-sized patio space with pavers in one weekend.