Would it not be great, at the end of a hard day's work or on your day off, to relax outdoors on your patio deck? It is a daydream that many people have. But it does not have to be just a dream.You could be actually doing it within a couple of weeks. You can either make the deck or patio yourself, if you are useful with your hands or you can get someone in.
The best thing to do is talk with your contractor about your plans about size and materials. If you want to have a go at making it yourself, take the dimensions to your local builders' merchant and get them to give you a price. If you need it, they can normally recommend a contractor to you. This can be a good idea, even if it is only to get an idea about price.
There are also plenty of 'standard' designs available too. You could get a few gardening magazines, you will be able to tell the ones you want by their titles. You could also look on the Internet. There is also designing software for this kind of project, it just depends what you want your input to be.
You could just hand the whole task over to your builder, if that is what you want. However, I would go for a drink with my wife and take paper and pens. Over a drink or two, I would encourage us both to make a few sketchy plans of what we would like. Then you can chat about and amalgamate the designs.
You also have to decide whether you want a raised deck or one at ground level. A raised, wooden deck might help keep the snakes at bay, but a stone patio puts you right in the middle of your garden and flowers.
A consideration, depending on where you live, could be the use of patio heaters. If you think that you may have to use patio heating at certain times of the year because of the weather, you might not want your patio deck made of wood. After spending time and money on your new patio deck, you will want to make use of it whether it is a bit chilly or not, which is where the heaters come in.
Furthermore, patio heaters are not that expensive any more and not that expensive to run. If you add a mosquito trap and some lighting, you will have a pleasure to enjoy for the rest of your life.
Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on many topics, but is currently involved with commercial patio heaters
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