5 Simple Ideas to Improve your Patio

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A relaxing zen patio with pergola to shield from the sun. Photo from the internet.

Turning your backyard into a beautiful and relaxing patio space is an excellent way to inject more of your personality into your home. There are so many designs and layouts that you can choose from these days, from the more traditional, simple paved area, to the ultra modern. If you need some ideas to spruce up your patio, read on. Here are 5 simple patio ideas that you can use for your own inspiration.

1. Create a chessboard patio.

Do something a little different and turn your patio into a backyard chessboard. Not only does it look stylish and modern, but it can also give you something to do on those lazy Sunday afternoons. You can use the standard black and white pavers to achieve this look. Or opt for different colours to add something unique to the mix. All that’s then left to do is buy the chessboard pieces.

A chessboard design can be nice for big lawns. Photo from the internet.

2. Go Zen.

Inject a little of the mystic East into your backyard patio with a Zen inspired design. Display a couple of bonsai trees on a center table, while using crushed rock for the flooring. If you can, place a nice water feature like a fountain or a spring in the corner to complete your little Zen space. You’ll be relaxing nice and deep anytime of the day here.

3. Place a concrete fire pit in the center of your patio.

Perfect for those chilly nights outside, having a concrete fire pit as the centerpiece of your patio design will transform even the most drab looking space into something special. Sit around the pit, grab a blanket, and catch up with friends and family. In the summer months use it as a BBQ and make the most of your patio space.

4. Cover your patio with a pergola.

Sit under the cool shade a pergola provides whilst out enjoying your patio space. Pergolas are an excellent addition to any backyard, and can provide much needed relief during those especially hot and sunny lazy days outside. They’re also not too difficult to build yourself. All you need are the materials, some decent power tools and a DIY attitude.

5. Create a flower border around your patio.

A paved patio space can sometimes look like it’s just been plopped down in your backyard. To combat this look, add rows of colorful flowers around the edges of your patio, and help it blend more easily with the rest of your garden. It’s a simple task to do, yet it will greatly transform the overall feel and design of your backyard patio space.

Building a patio in your backyard can turn uninviting and underutilized spaces into beautiful new parts of your home that can be the family’s favorite hangout. There are so many design ideas that you can use to help you create the perfect patio, such as those mentioned above. But by all means do your own research, speak to some professionals, and – if you’re brave enough – build it all yourself. With a little effort, planning, and lots of research, you will no doubt have a backyard patio space that you can be proud of for years to come.


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Dennis and Sigrid are married Bacolod bloggers., hence the blog name, Marriage Markers. They love to eat and travel and they adore their little girls. They love each other to bits. <3 They are proud members of the Negrense Blogging Society Inc. (NBSI) or the #NegrenseBloggers #BacolodBloggers.

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