There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside and enjoying the view. It you have an area that can be transformed into such a place, then you might want to consider these patio designs to help you reach a decision.
You need to think about what kind of terrace you desire. If you have a family, then you need to accommodate them as well. So get the family around a table and find out what would make them happy. Once you have come to some kind of consensus, you could then add your ideas of how it should look.
For instance, there is the option of having seated walls where you build up areas for people to sit. This will add some depth to the patio. It is also more desirable than just having a flat boring surface. You could build up the area with brick, stone or wood. You could also split the level of the terrace into two or more sections, adding flowers or ornaments on the steps, making the area more interesting.
Another wonderful addition to a patio is a built-in fire pit. You can entertain your guests in this area on a chilly night or you could just relax with your family over a meal. The pit is usually the central focus point of the area. Remember to mark off where you want the pit to be before you build up your seats.
Most pits are circular in design, so ensure that you take this into account when you design your patio’s living space. Mark the area before you start building your wall seats. Ensure that the bottom area of the pit is properly insulated so that it can withstand the heat from the fire. Seal the bricks or stones that you have used with a high quality mortar, so that it is secure enough.
You could also incorporate a small garden into your patio. Think about having a raised area built with stone or brick paving where you can plant herbs or your favorite flowers. You might want to weave your garden around the terrace, but do not have plants that will grow too high around the area, as you will then not have a good view. Have some form of continuity in and around the terrace area. Try not to let it look mixed and matched by using too many different textures and materials.
Add a birdbath or fountain near the site so that you can watch the birds take a bath from time to time. Having a space outside the home is really the best therapy one can get. There are even more patio designs waiting for you.