Showing posts with label DIY Patio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY Patio. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Live Outdoors this Winter

For the majority of us, our gardens are strictly off-limits during the colder months. Aside from the odd mission to refill the bird feeder, most people retreat indoors for the duration of the winter and only venture out again with the arrival of spring.

However, on those crisp, clean winter mornings, it seems such a shame to let the outside space of our homes go to waste. On winter days when there’s not a cloud in the sky, I’m desperate to escape the house, shake off the stuffiness of the central heating and spend some time outside.

This guide has been created to help you make the most of your outside space this winter.

Decking and Patio 

When it comes to spending time outdoors in the winter, your decking or patio is the perfect place to relax. However, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time using your outdoor space, it’s maybe worth constructing a small structure to protect you from the elements. If you build a simple structure with vertical beams, this can be modified between winter and summer: in winter, a cover can be stretched across the beams to act as a roof, which can be removed in the summer for a light, airy space.

That said, you don’t even need to have a covered area to enjoying being outside during the colder months. Take a look at this fantastic example from houzz.com, of a simple outdoor living space, which uses a gorgeous free standing fire at the focal point.

Furniture 

The only type of furniture that’s going to survive the duration of a winter outdoors is made from metal and even that has a chance of rusting. What’s more, when I want to sit back with a cup of something warm and enjoy the freshness of winter, I want comfortable furnishings that are going to help me to relax.


That’s why I would advise using indoor furniture and arranging your living space each time you want to use it. I like to keep things simple when it comes to outdoor furniture, so I love the selection of modern furniture at Vita Interiors. The clean, simple lines of pieces like this oak coffee table are perfect for the outdoors and will add a touch of elegance to the proceedings when you’re entertaining guests.



(This oak coffee table, available to buy online from Vita Interiors is a great piece to add to your outside space if you’re entertaining guests.)

Heat 

Ask your friends if they want to come and sit in the garden with you this winter, and I’m sure you’ll receive a resounding ‘no’. On the other hand, invite them to relax around a crackling log fire, drinking hot coco and toasting marshmallows, and I’m sure you’ll be flooded with positive RVSPs.

There are lots of options when it comes a fireplace for your outside space. If you want to go all-out, you can construct a freestanding fireplace from brick or stone that will give the living area a sense of permanence. This is also a great place to cook and can be used all year round.

If your budget can’t stretch to a permanent structure, another option is a clay or metal chimenea. These are a fantastic addition to a deck or patio area and are designed to generate intense heat, so they’re perfect for outdoor winter living spaces. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Crafting a Comfortable Patio Paradise


Patios and porches can be the most revered location in any home. They represent peace, relaxation, and unique comfort. And often they’re the most personalized section of the home, with obviously lavished love and attention. Patios are so exalted because they offer a unique blend of nature, comfort, personal space, and harmony that you won’t find anywhere else throughout the home. Something within the human psyche seems naturally drawn to these special places, and drives us to personalize them as much as possible. If you’re looking to design or establish your own patio, here’s some advice before tackling such a large undertaking.



 1)      Understand your own goals

The home improvement aficionado knows the first step to any large project is planning. A careless dash forward into the project often leads to unhappy results. Our own ambitious eagerness to begin can be a plague. It’s very human to think the sooner started the sooner finished. But alas, such is in fact not the case. The better planned, the more efficient a project will be.

So, before you rush headlong into the reorganization, redecoration, or complete redesign of your deck/patio, take the time to fully establish a list of goals and priorities. Some common patio goals:

·         A private place of peace
·         A beautiful outdoor space meant for hosting and entertaining
·         An au natural extra extension for the house
·         A fun and beautiful addition that increases house value
·         An area to sit and enjoy the scenic view provided by your home’s location

Understanding the purpose of your patio can help you better accomplish and emphasize your goals, so take a minute to plan and prepare.


2)      Create a theme

Once you understand your goals for your patio and have a specific purpose in mind you’re ready to determine the overall theme of your patio. There’s no need for rigidity here – allow your creative side to come to the fore and delve deep into your potential.

Again, don’t forget your goals; if you’re planning a private place of peace, including a garden and plenty of shrubbery can ensure privacy while adding an element of tranquility. If you’re looking to create a space meant for hosting and entertaining you’ll want to have the furniture facing inward, so that everyone will naturally face one another—the reverse is true if you want a space to admire a view.

Creating a theme will help you plan and shop for the appropriate patio furniture and patio pads, preventing an amalgamation or mish mash of random furniture.


3)      Scale your decoration to size

This is a golden rule when decorating and designing any section of the house. Scale your decoration to size. If you don’t, the entire room will suffer. Either it will feel overlarge, with too much space and a lack of comfort, or it will feel cramped and awkward. So, measure your space and plan accordingly.

4)      Add character

Often overlooked when initially planning a patio is a character addition. Often this is established overtime, but there’s no reason it can’t be planned and brought in right away. Some great things that help add and establish the character of a patio are:

·         Feature/accent lighting
·         Garden/heavy landscaping
·         A water feature
·         A fire pit
·         Personalized art

Build something that will help define your patio’s atmosphere. Something that will make your patio stand out as the special place it should be. Whether it is a comforting fire on a cold night, the tranquil whisper of your water feature, or the vibrant life of your landscaping, plan on making your patio a place that smacks of character and personality.


5)      Durability

Don’t forget that when all is said and done, your patio decoration and furniture will be regularly exposed to potentially harsh conditions. Durability should be a big factor in your consideration of decoration and furniture.

Luckily with the increasing trend of patios there’s a wide variety of specialty furniture specifically designed for outdoor usage. So, don’t feel limited in your choices – just keep in mind that you’ll be relying upon the durable nature of any patio furniture or decoration.


Following these five tips should put you well on the path of patio success. Create the perfect patio space you've been dreaming of by understanding your goals, planning a theme, scaling your decoration, adding character, and ensuring durability. Best of luck, and may you create the patio you've always dreamed of. 

Terry Potter is currently Customer Service Manager at Duralife LLC., an online retailer based in Florida. He enjoys helping people make their outdoor spaces more comfortable and fashionable with his website, patiopads.com.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Patio Goes Mediterranean: How to Design Your Patio in Mediterranean Style

The earliest thriving civilizations lie along the Mediterranean. And although now they are not as prominent as they used to be, their architecture and culture has been iconic throughout history. The rich Mediterranean art has become the benchmark for classic and timeless pieces.


In fact, Spanish-style architecture has been heavily influenced by the Mediterranean style. More than the fact that Spain is along this area, Mediterranean architecture has been a symbol of power and dominance, which undeniably would be what Spain and any other country would want to portray.


There are still a lot of differences between the two styles. But if you want your patio, the most favored area for your guests, be strictly Mediterranean, here are some tips for decorating and selecting Mediterranean-style patio furniture.


1.Start with a white cracked wall.



Having white cracked walls is a staple for a Mediterranean-style of patio. The cracks give off a vintage effect to your walls, while the white color is perfect to reflect sunlight on your patio and give your guests a sunny and bright feeling.


2.For flooring tiled, or brick-style terracotta complements the white walls.



This is another trademark for Mediterranean-style patios. This is also one of the influences of Mediterraneanstyle to Spanish designs.




3.Use rustic iron patio furniture.




The use of rustic iron is also commonly used in Spanishstyle and other classic patio furniture designs. Rustic iron has long been used during the Medieval and the Renaissance, which makes it definitely vintage.


4.Use wooden patio furniture as alternative.

If rustic iron is hard to come by, another good alternative are wooden patio furniture. The light color of wood permits the abundance of light, which is consistent with the temperate climate in Mediterranean countries.



5.Your patio should be bordered by pillars or columns.




The Greeks have created around six classical orders for Greek columns, which are staples on Greek houses and buildings. Although at a glance, these orders look very much alike, each still has its own specifications which you may use as a source of inspiration.


If using concrete is out of your budget, giving wooden columns a faux finish is a good alternative.


6.Add some large pots filled with palms, bougainvillea, or any greenery.


Since Mediterranean countries are surrounded by seas and farmlands, adding potted plants recreates an ambience that is closer to nature.


Through these tips, you and your guests can walk like the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. Go on, send us some photos of your patio. Who knows? Maybe it can be another source of inspiration for striving designers out there.



Pierre Angela Cruz is a Marketing Consultant for Open Brook. An Excellent source of information and reviews about Outdoor and Patio Furniture

Friday, 13 July 2012

Four Things to Consider for the Beginner DIY Patio Furniture Builder



Buying outdoor furniture is well and good, but building your own can be more satisfying. Being able to use the patio furniture you created is more than just cutting back on costs. It also reinforces your belief in yourself, making for a very nice ego boost!

Of course, it takes preparation, especially if you’re just a beginner. Besides the obvious requirements like tools and wood, here are other things you need to consider before you begin building things:

1.                        1. Time–Building things require a lot of time. You need to be able to reserve enough time in making just one piece of furniture. This doesn’t take just one weekend, as you’ll be gathering materials, taking down measurements and actually hammering things together. Accounting for human error is also part of it, especially if this is your maiden project.

                            2Space – Working in the outdoors, while exposed to the elements, doesn’t just make work physically taxing. It can also literally ruin your project. You’ll be using wood for the most part, and it is vulnerable to a lot of water.

Make sure you have enough space to store your tools and materials, organizing them in a way that‘s easy to find. You need to keep good visibility in your workspace to avoid any mistake, which could lead to injuries.

3.                         3Design – Just like buying furniture, you also have to consider how you want your patio to look. Because you’re “doing it yourself,” you probably won’t be coming up with any intricate designs. But just knowing what your furniture will look like as an end product means you already know what materials to use and what tools you’ll need to assemble them.

You also need to know your limits skill-wise, so keep it simple. Such designs are usually pleasing to the eyes anyway.

4.                         4Material – There are different kinds of wood as there are different kinds of nails.

Knowing what kind of wood to use for benches and tables will decide how comfortable and how long those kinds of furniture will last. Slats of wood are better for seating furniture, while plywood is better for tabletops.

Using galvanized nails and screws also adds to durability,since they don’t rust or corrode as easily as your ordinary nail and screw.

Starting out as a DIY patio furniture builder can be a very exciting experience. But diving right into it without proper preparation can lead to a lot of frustration and possible injury. It’s also a good tip to get some help from someone who’s already had experience building their own patio furniture.  With a little practice and supervision, you’ll be well on your way to outfitting your entire patio with your creations.


Vincent Sevillais a Marketing Consultant for Open Brook. An Excellent source of information and reviews about Outdoor and Pation Furniture