14 Oct What Makes A Great Patio Design?
The best patio designs are not only beautiful, but are—most importantly—designed around the way you intend to use them. It’s so important to have enough space on the patio to allow room for the things that make the patio functional, such as: a large primary patio table with chairs that can slide forward and back without falling off the edge of the patio, a bistro set, a fire pit, a grill, a bar, or anything else you’d like to see incorporated into your patio space. The patio must also have space to move comfortably through and within the patio from one area to the next.
There are special design considerations for Minnesota and Minneapolis residents. Be sure to check out our blog post about concrete vs. paver patios.
How many people would you like to comfortably seat or entertain on your patio? Over the years we’ve found that on average, you’ll need roughly 60-90 square feet of patio per person you’d like to comfortably entertain at the same time, which includes the space needed for furniture and space to move easily throughout the patio. So if you have a family of 4 and you want ample space for a patio table with chairs, a spot for the grill, and possibly a small bistro table, you likely need around 240-360 square feet of patio.
After 5 people, you’ll usually add much less square footage for additional seating, more like 15-20 square feet per person starting with the 6th. If you’re a family of 4, but also plan to use the patio for larger parties at times, you might consider adding to square footage to the space for a total size around 360-450 square feet. Sitting walls are a great way to seat more people during larger gatherings without significantly increasing to total square footage. Our average patio size is roughly 400-450 square feet and is usually meant for 4-5 people, with room to seat more during larger events. This will give you a rough idea of the size you looking for, but will certainly vary depending on a number of factors.
How much does a paver patio cost and what’s the first step in getting started? Cost will vary depending on which stone you like best, what features you’d like to incorporate, and a number of other factors. Plan to pay a good contractor around $18-$22 per square foot on average. This includes digging down about 6″ to put in base material to keep the patio steady and allow for proper water runoff. It also includes polymetric sand to form a solid space between each stone.
Working with a landscape designer is highly recommended to maximize the potential of the space you’re trying to create. A great design is the most important part of the entire process. Contact us today to speak with one of our Minneapolis landscape design professionals at KG Landscape Management by phone at 763-568-7251 or submit a quote request online to receive more information on patio design and installation or to set up a consultation with a designer.
Features to Consider Adding to a Patio
- Outdoor Lighting (in the blocks or in the area around the patio)
- Built-in Barbecue
- Outdoor Fireplace/Fire Pit
- Full Outdoor Kitchen
- Sitting Wall
- Water Feature
- Ambient Sound
There are many different ways to design a patio. Often, the design depends on the type of stone you want to use. Natural stone, brick, and slate (tile) are the three primary types of stone.
Natural stone is often laid out in a mosaic or a natural pattern. Stones are picked to fit in the right spot, so each patio has a unique look. The picture up above is an example of this. Natural stone is definitely a more contemporary look for a patio. It’s especially beautiful when paired with a natural stone wall or fire pit.
Some examples of brick designs can be seen to the right. Brick is a classic look in many patios.
Slate or tile is also a popular trend in patios. Slate or tile can be designed in many different ways to fit whatever design features or look you are going for.