Think about how you will use your patio. Will it be used mostly for entertaining guests, or will it provide a place for the family to sit in the sun or shade and enjoy outdoor meals? Do you want to include a hot tub or a fire pit? How important is built-in storage? Consider its function before designing your patio.
Do you want to continue the current style of your home with the same textures and colors, or would you like to add something that will complement the home but be unique? Your builder will help you with suggestions regarding the features you already have, such as a pool or a garden. A knowledgeable professional will consider size and space available to create your addition. The builder can also advise as to the amount of maintenance and upkeep that will be required for the materials you choose.
Selecting the Proper Company
When selecting a builder, be sure to ask them to provide you with copies of all necessary licenses and insurance. Make sure they are well aware of the local building codes and will secure all the needed permits, and be sure that you receive a written guarantee. Determine what exactly will the guarantee cover and how long it will be valid. A good company will do a total clean-up as they progress and have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Ask them to provide the names and telephone numbers of previous customers so that you can call and discuss whether they were satisfied.
Once you have your ideal patio design in mind and a reputable company to help build it, you can get started constructing the outdoor space of your dreams.