Breathe in…breathe out. Smell that? That’s cut grass and grilled meats, summer’s eau de parfum. And while we are all excited to pop outside with a glass of something frosty, this is also the time of year we’re reminded what our outdoor spaces are lacking. Before you call DekTex for your personal patio estimate, here are some clarifying questions.
Essentially, how would you like this space to function? Will you be using your patio for entertaining, and if so, for how many people? Patios can serve as outdoor dining rooms, cooking stations, sun bathing platforms, or a swimming pool or gardening annex. Communicate your patio’s purpose and we will design according to your goals. The blue sky overhead is truly the limit.
Will this be attached to the home or installed as a satellite patio, i.e. your relaxation destination? There are advantages to both. A patio located directly off your home can be more convenient in terms of access to amenities. Indoor kitchens, restrooms, electrical and water utilities, or a home’s existing awning are all much easier to take advantage of just off a back or front door. On the other hand, desired privacy and sun exposure might be easier achieved by placing your patio some distance from the home structure.
When can we start?
Remember that your existing space might not be usable, and potentially off limits, for the duration of installation, depending on the complexity of the project and workload involved. If you are aiming for completion in time for a specific event, season, or in order to maximize your backyard for what beautiful months we have, let’s talk about this up front. We would like to get your yard and new patio back up and running for your family, pets, and guests in accordance with your calendar.
Finances can be a tricky topic as the client. We often find there is a reluctance to provide hard numbers, possibly for fear of being taken advantage of. In reality your budget is vital information, helping us narrow down the materials and amenities that fit within your limits. If you have flexibility in this arena, simply let us know and we can explore options that might be worth the additional expense. Good, honest communication ensures our design and installation meets your expectations and streamlines planning.
Before we get moving, it’s best to have a general understanding of your yard’s layout. Are there any utility poles, established trees, or outbuildings you’d like to work around? In determining the size of your patio, is there any potential for outgrowing the space, as your family and needs expand? Will any lighting need to be moved or installed to accommodate your new patio? Are there other existing patios you’d like to match or alter?
Rest assured, we will handle the design, logistics, and heavy lifting to keep you and your home safe, and legally permitted. Your primary responsibility is to provide your sun soaked dreams of outdoor living that got you to this point. Contact us today to get started.