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Perfecting Your Patio

Perfecting Your Patio By Laura Horwitz
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

In the hot summer months, wouldn’t you love to be able to relax on that perfect patio or deck? No matter what your budget is, you can make this dream a reality with these simple remodeling tips.

Patio Trees

To create great backyard shade, you need to plant large leafy trees that won’t take over your entire garden and dwarf everything else. One good example is the Japanese Maple, which gives any yard an elegant touch and only grows to about 15-30 feet high. Or there’s the Chinese Fringetree with lovely white flowers that last well into the fall.

The Patio Itself

In addition to the necessary shade, what's new for the actual patio? The latest trend for backyard relaxation is to design an entire outdoor room. Therefore, when remodeling, keep in mind the same tips that exist for ordinary indoor rooms–design around focal points. This can be a pool, an interesting garden fixture, or even a fire pit. In fact, combining fire pits and water features are a popular remodeling trend.

Patio for Parties

Many people socialize around food, and summer patio parties are no exception. If you have the budget, you could build an entire outdoor kitchen. For a more moderate design, however, keep easy accessibility to your main kitchen in mind for convenient entertaining.

Water and Color

Finally, water features remain popular in any outdoor design. Keep in mind beautiful reflections of colorful garden plants. Don’t be afraid to add an interesting flair to your yard. Experiment with unique materials for outdoor counters such as shells, crushed glass, or fossils.

Your garden is the perfect place to add a personal touch to your home. So go ahead and create the perfect patio where you can enjoy summer in style.


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About the Author
Laura Horwitz has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for five years in both London and the US. She had a monthly landscaping and tips column for the Sussex County magazine RH Review, and her articles have also appeared in Film Focus, 6 Degrees Film, and BizBash magazine.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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