How to Upgrade Your Patio

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Looking for some patio ideas and inspiration? Whether you’re looking to make the most of your existing patio area or want to install a new one, there are endless ways that you can take your outdoor space from plain and boring to the most exciting part of your home! Keep reading to check out some of the ways you can elevate your patio.

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Patio Ideas #1

Add an outdoor kitchen to your patio

No matter your cooking skills, adding an outdoor kitchen to your patio is a great way to entertain your guests. You can keep it simple with a grill and some counter space or you can take it to the next level with an outdoor kitchen.  Add a fridge, sink, bar, dining area, grill – et voila! Some people even create entire enclosed spaces for their outdoor kitchen! The possibilities with an outdoor kitchen are endless and a surefire way to bring life to your patio.

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Patio Ideas #2

Put a pergola on your patio

Are you looking for a stylish way to add shade to your patio without obscuring all that beautiful natural light? Consider a pergola! Coming in a variety of stains, finishes, and styles, pergolas are a unique addition to any patio. Pergolas create the perfect sectioned off space to sit around and talk with your friends and family. If you decide you’d like a little more protection from the sun, you can easily install a retractable canopy. Now you can enjoy the beauty of your pergola no matter the weather.

Patio Ideas #3

Heat things up with a patio firepit

Do you love to entertain, have kids, or simply enjoy roasting the occasional marshmallow? Then a fire pit is a great option. There’s a reason that so many homeowners have fire pits in their backyard. There’s nothing better than sitting around a fire on a breezy summer night. Even if you live in a colder climate, you can still enjoy the warmth of your fire pit (with the right coat, of course). 

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The versatility of a fire pit means that they fit any budget. If you’re looking for something on the less expensive side, you can pick up a quality fire pit from your local hardware store. Not only is there one for every backyard’s aesthetic, but their portability means you can switch around it’s location. 


If you have a little extra money to spend and are looking for a more permanent feature, then having a fire pit installed creates a beautiful central space for your patio. Are you looking for a more modern vibe you can get a gas fire pit with glass stones and a cool stone exterior. If you want a more cabin-esque feel, there are some fire pits that have artificial wood logs that allow you to keep that outdoorsy look without the trouble of a wood fire pit. 

Patio Ideas #4

Get splashy with water features on your patio

Okay, we’ll admit it. Nothing is more exciting to our inner child than the idea of having a water fall right in the backyard. When you’re a homeowner, you can finally make this dream a reality. 

The choices are endless – from small fountains to full on rivers with koi fish and landscaping, you can count on a water feature to add serenity and beauty to your patio. If you have a pool, you can even connect your water feature, creating a smooth transition from your patio. The sound of flowing water is the perfect background for a lovely day lounging in the sun or an eventful night of dinner and drinks. You can even enjoy the luxurious feel of a water feature on a tighter budget! Fountains come in a variety of sizes and styles, meaning no matter the space you have or money in your pocket, you can enjoy the beauty of a water feature. 

Patio Ideas #5

Light up your patio

This may sound simple, but trust us when we say lighting makes all the difference. If you’re looking for something simple, consider hanging string lights around the exterior of your home or canopy if you have one. If you’re looking to add a stylish flair to your patio or pool when the sun goes down, color changing LEDs bring fun to the party. You can get lights installed in the floor of your patio or use lanterns to create a homey feel. Lighting is truly the most versatile and cost friendly way to change the whole energy of your patio

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No matter your budget, size, or style, you can create an amazing patio to fit all your needs and more. These features add value to your home and can often be completed either by yourself or with a contractor to lead the way. 

If you’re upgrading your patio, you may need tips on choosing a paving contractor.  

If you’re looking to take your patio to the next level, fill out our contact form below or give us a call today! We’d love to hear from you.

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