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4 Free Patio Plan DrawingsIdeas for determining patio placement
An open backyard space is like a blank canvas full of opportunity for designing an inviting patio. However, this space can also be overwhelming bringing up questions such as, Where do I start? What size patio should I put in? What options are there?
From award-winning designer, Scott Cohen, here are four patio design sketches you can use to get ideas for your backyard space.
One of the keys to designing inviting, outdoor spaces is to create areas that draw people out into the yard. Even on smaller properties, backyard patios don't have to be just one big, rectangular slab placed at the backdoor of the house. In this sketch, you'll notice the patio and dining area off one side of the house, but you'll also notice the water feature and concrete seating area at the outer edge of the property. Design Tip: Avoid having a patio placed only at the back door. Give people a reason to get out and enjoy other areas of the yard.
On larger properties, you can easily create multiple rooms that tie together with creative landscaping and hardscaping. In this sketch, the outdoor dining area and living room area are created as two separate entities. The yard is very functional as a whole with pathways to each destination spot.
In this sketch, the largest area has been dedicated to an elaborate outdoor kitchen. Ideal for entertaining, this patio provides ample space for people to gather and to accommodate tables and seating areas. Design Tip: When choosing your patio size, remember to allow extra room for people to walk around tables and behind or between outdoor furniture. Your patio should be large enough for your table or furniture, but will also need to include that extra walkway of space for traffic.
This sketch illustrates the serenity of a secluded outdoor living room. Set alone out in the yard, this concrete patio features an ornate outdoor fireplace which appears to be floating near the water. Accessible by pathways, this patio creates a focal point in the backyard. It is also large enough to accommodate furniture without being too large to detract from its intimate appeal.