8 Things to Consider When Building a Patio

Looking to increase your outdoor living space? A patio may be an excellent choice for you.

It creates the perfect environment for relaxation, family gatherings, and even for romantic, candle-lit dinners. Apart from these, a well-designed patio also gives your property an instant boost in terms of value.

Before you start building an outdoor haven, there are a few things you need to consider to ensure that everything goes well with your project. Here are some factors you need to take into account:


Before anything else, ask yourself why you need a patio. Will you be using it primarily for entertaining family and friends? For outdoor dining or cooking? Or as your private nook, where you can enjoy a book or a movie in peace? How you intend to use your space will affect its location, design, size and the materials to be used, so it’s important that you are clear about the reasons for building an outdoor extension.


Getting the colour right is important, particularly if you are after a seamless outdoor/indoor experience.. Ideally, the material you use should complement your home and landscape, so choose well.


The design and style of your outdoor living area should also reflect your lifestyle and personality. Do you want it to look more classic or contemporary? Do you want it to be slightly minimalist? Whatever the design you choose, make sure it blends well with your home and garden. Also make sure it combines style and functionality effortlessly. Some of the design features you can incorporate into your space are seating, steps, balustrades and outdoor roofs. Patio roofing, in particular, will not only enhance the beauty of your extension, but will also improve comfort.


Various factors can dictate the size of your patio. These include the available space in your property, location, budget and your intended use. Working with professional designers and contractors will simplify the process as they can advise you about your options.


In Australia, where we get our share of hot summers and cool winters, proper insulation in your outdoor living areas are  a must. This is to ensure that you enjoy comfort and convenience in your space all year round. Installing insulated patio roof panels is a great option to experience year-long enjoyment in your outdoor haven.


In smaller properties, owners usually don’t have much choice on where they can build their extension. But for those who have more room to work with, you will have to plan the patio site carefully. You don’t want to waste precious space and resources building an extension that’s too hot or far from scenic views. Some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the location include the size of the lot, privacy, sun and shade, wind, accessibility and, of course, the view.


To add beauty to your extension, you’ll need strategically placed lighting. Aside from creating a specific ambience in your space, it also increases safety and convenience especially at night. Consider getting path lights, post lights and moveable lanterns. Adding overhead lights is also recommended if your patio is covered.


Plan a patio that fits your budget. Some of the things that may affect this include the size and design features of your project, the contractor, and council permits.
A patio may be the outdoor living solution you need to get the most from your space and improve the value of your property. But just like any investment, careful consideration is essential to ensure the success of your project.


If you’re looking to extend your living areas outdoors, SHADEMASTER can help. We are a trusted provider of outdoor roofing solutions to the Australian market. Our range includes patio, pergola, verandah, gazebo and carport roof options.


Discover how SHADEMASTER can make your outdoor spaces smarter and more stylish today. Get in touch with us, or find a SHADEMASTER dealer near you.