New Hampshire Patio Design
(Landscapes by Tom)
Patios are one of the most desired landscape features that
homeowners want. No wonder – patios are the most used feature (other
than an entry walk) in our yards. We get hours of enjoyment on our
patios. Many types of activities take place on patios. We barbecue, have
dinners, have parties, have bonfires, do crafts with the kids,
sunbathe, and the list goes on. Therefore, designing our patios is an
important thing to consider before actually having a patio installed.
Think about the following things when considering patio designs in New
First of all, make a list of all of the activities that you can
think of that you will want to be able to do on your patio. Your list
may include the things listed above in addition to things such as an
outdoor shower, an outdoor kitchen complete with a refrigerator and counter-top, a place to store wood for the bonfire, extra seating space
for all of the grand-kids, outdoor lighting, fragrant flowers planted
nearby, a water feature next to your seating area, a shade tree if there
is too much direct sun, etc. Many homeowners in New Hampshire are
fortunate enough to have fantastic views of lakes and mountains. If you
have a great view, of course you will want to place the patio where you
can enjoy that too. The next thing to do with your New Hampshire patio
design is to lay your desired patio area out on graph paper. Our
designers will be happy to help you with this process. The patio can be
designed to properly lay out living room space, dining space, kitchen
space as well as always keeping in mind maintaining a good traffic flow.
When the patio is laid out onto graph paper and you like how the space
works, you also will need to be thinking about what kind of surface you
want on the patio. Do you want a natural bluestone patio? Natural stone
is a ‘local’ product and is a very fitting material to use in New
Hampshire patio design. Natural stone can be done in both irregular
shaped stone or more geometrically shaped stones which have been cut
into squares or rectangles. Other products are available to use in the
category of bricks. There is a huge selection of bricks to choose from
which will give you some very interesting looks. Stone or brick;
whatever you choose – you will have a patio that will endure for many
years of use.
There may be other considerations for your New Hampshire patio
design as well as what we’ve already discussed. For example; 1) does
your property fall under any of the DES rules for shore land protection?
If so, the impervious areas on your yard will be looked at and your
patio size can not exceed what the DES will allow. You may also look
into using "permeable pavers”. 2) Is your patio going to be located
where there will be any grading required? 3) Where is the drainage
pattern for the patio area?
If you are interested in having a patio installed on your
property, let one of our designers help you with the design. You will be
sure to enjoy the process of seeing your patio develop!
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For over 25 years, Landscapes by Tom, LLC, has been servicing New England and the Lakes Region area, offering complete landscaping and masonry services, both residential and commercial.
NAME: Tom Bryant
LOCATION: Meredith NH