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6 Patio Renovation Ideas to Turn Your Old Home to A New One
It’s summertime, and during the warm evenings, the songs of the birds and the beauty of the flowers draw you into the outdoors. You’ve been trying to appreciate your front or back yard, but sitting in a rocking chair on the slab of concrete that came with your house doesn’t quite cut it. As one of the biggest areas in your yard, having a relaxing, charming patio is a powerful way to get yourself and your family outside to spend evenings together. Here are six patio renovation ideas to help you create a stunning patio and give your yard an extra sense of hominess.
If your current “patio” closely resembles a vacant lot full of weeds, or if you’re thinking it’s time for a complete patio renovation, one idea is to build or redo your patio with pavers or cobblestones. First, determine the area you will be converting and dig down 4.5 inches plus the thickness of the pavers you will use. Next, pour three inches of gravel and one inch of sand into the area, spreading each layer smooth as you go. Lay your pavers or cobblestones on top of the sand, checking frequently to make sure that they are level and adding or removing sand to smooth out trouble areas. Finally, pour one or two bags of sand over the patio to fill the cracks between the pavers, and after sweeping away the excess sand, cover the area with a waterproofer.
Find A Fresh, New Color
Who said patio renovation had to be a huge project? A can of outdoor paint in a trendy, bold color can lead to some stunning outdoor patio designs. Some great colors for this year are turquoise, mint, gray, and copper– just pick one that works with the aesthetic of your house and get going!
Bring Your Indoor Style Outside
Is the inside of your home posh and elegant, or does it have a sleek, modern style that shows off your minimalist flair? Take inspiration from your indoor designs when seeking patio renovation ideas. No one will know how to recreate that stunning faux-brick effect or match your vibrant color palette better than you!
Create A Funky Pattern
The addition of a pattern to your patio is a powerful way to give your yard some personality, and patterns come with the bonus of being easy to install. Patterns can help you discover some polished yet cheap outdoor furniture ideas: you could go for bold geometric textiles on your patio pillows and cushions, or maybe paint a pattern on the patio cover or floor to create eye-catching accents that update the look of the whole area.
Create A Rustic Floor With Wood Pallets
Trying to keep your patio renovation costs down? DIY pallet couch ideas are all over the internet– why not make a pallet patio, too? Grab your patio builders and get going! After measuring the desired square footage of your patio, collect enough wood pallets (a standard size is 3’ x 3’) to cover the area. You may have to use a couple of half or quarter pallets to match the shape of your patio. Next, arrange the pallets on your patio and screw them together. You can also finish the floor with a wood stain, die the whole patio or every other pallet to give it a fun checkerboard look.
Illuminate The Area
Nothing is better for making a patio relaxing and elegant than well-designed lighting. Get rid of the hash porch light and replace it with softer lighting sources. Fairy lights, string lights, and rope lights are all easy ways to add some romance to your lighting. If you’re a little artsier, wrapping fairy lights around a wire globe or hanging dim light bulbs inside of mason jars is a way to create a dazzling effect with minimal effort.