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The First Step in Making Patio Plans"Form follows function"
This patio design draws the dining area out into the yard as a destination spot.
Although this patio is placed adjacent to the back of the house, it's simple curved design creates pockets for activities such as dining, or gathering chairs around the built-in fireplace.
This patio plan features an area for dining set off by the circular pattern of concrete, and a separate fireplace pavilion connected with beautiful landscaping and hardscaping.
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The first step in making patio plans is to consider the functionality of the space and how it will actually be used. On day one of Landscape Design School the instructor writes "form follows function" on the chalk-board for all to see. Keep this time tested adage in the back of your mind as you layout your back yard space and you can't go wrong. Unless you regularly hold large meetings and need everyone in one oversized patio area, you will be better off breaking up the space into several smaller patio areas, or "outdoor rooms".
It is typically best to create several outdoor living areas to accommodate the natural tendency of people to break into smaller groups. Next time you are at a party, observe how the guests break into smaller groups and then travel to visit other groups. Design your patio layouts accordingly by creating several areas of interest throughout the back yard.
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