There is a big difference between a custom patio and an “off the shelf” patio.
A custom design means your outdoor area is unique to your home and your patio looks and feels like an integral part of your home.
An “off the shelf” patio is usually a simple square or straight forward rectangle that can end up looking tacked onto your home.
With a custom patio, you have direct input to what you want and like. And working with specialist custom alfresco designers means you can end up with the patio of your dreams.
At Ultimate Alfresco, Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist, spends time with you to take your ideas and create a patio that will suit your home. This means looking at all the options while working with what you are envisioning.
A custom patio works with your home, so it can include different styles to work with the features of your existing home, like swimming pools or landscaping and working with you to get the design you want.
There are other things you can consider when designing your patio.
When it comes to what your patio is built with, you have a number of options:
And you don’t have to use just one of the materials, you can mix it up by combining materials in your custom design.
Your outdoor area can incorporate more than your patio. Therefore, thinking about future additions is important. Do you want to add an outdoor kitchen? Perhaps you will need blinds? Or you may want to add a pool one day.
It is important to make sure your patio is designed to be able to incorporate these extra features later, without impacting too much on your current patio.
Dependent on which materials you choose for your patio, your colour selection can certainly make or break your new outdoor area.
The colour you choose will add to the appearance and can be a feature in its own right.
You can choose colours for almost every area of your custom patio, from posts to gutters to the roof and flooring. Letitia, our Alfresco Specialist works with you to help guide you through the decision making.
The top four things to consider when designing the ideal patio for your outdoor area
Designing the ideal patio for your home can be challenging as there are so many aspects to consider.
To help you design your dream patio here are the top four things to consider:
1. You, the owner
Having been designing and building patios for years here at Ultimate Alfresco means we have a wealth of experience. It also means that we have the knowledge to provide options for you to help you design your ideal patio.
Ultimately, though, it is your home. And as the home owner you will see the patio every day. What we will do is offer advice based on what you describe and what you want to achieve.
We do this by asking you what you want out of your ideal patio. And then we help make that idea come to life for you.
2. The size and use of your outdoor area
When designing your ideal patio, it’s important to think about the area you want to have covered.
Plus, think about what outdoor furniture you will be using, whether you will have a bbq or outdoor kitchen, and how you will use your outdoor area.
By taking into account the size and use you can make sure your outdoor furniture and the layout is the right fit and design and fills the patio area appropriately.
3. Designing your patio
Designing your patio is important, not only for the overall look but how it will flow with your home.
Your patio design can reflect your personality, help add privacy from neighbours and create a practical yet beautiful outdoor area. And a custom design means your outdoor area is unique to your home and your patio looks and feels like an integral part of your home.
4. Roof options
There are a variety of roofing options you can choose. From louvred roofs to insulated roof panels to open arbours to glass roofs. Think about what type of flexibility you want from your patio and if you want a roof that will integrate with your home. You can read about our four favourite roofing options here.