PATIO MAKEOVER IDEAS
Six Proven Tips and Tricks for Dressing up a New Patio
By Chris Heiler
So, you just built a fancy new patio, eh? Or, if you’re allergic to back-breaking hard work like me, you hired a pro (smart move). Either way, you’ve probably been left with a giant rectilinear or amoeba-like structure, sitting alone and naked in your backyard. Don’t leave your patio shivering in the cold, fully exposed. Your new patio needs a little love, and a lot of bling.
Beyond impressing friends and neighbors, dressing up your new patio space will ensure that you actually use it (imagine that). If you plan your space properly, it will complement your home’s architectural style and décor, and reflect your own fabulous tastes. It will also serve as a comfortable and functional transition between your home’s interior and exterior. Furnished properly, it will beckon visitors and encourage lingering, making your new patio the hangout for the cool kids on the block.
Have I convinced you yet? Then get out your tape measure, and let’s go shopping. Here are six tips and ideas for patio design guaranteed to make your patio fabulous.
When designing a patio, bigger is better. You can create a more dynamic outdoor environment by dividing your patio space as a whole into individual spaces, with each serving a unique purpose, such as cooking
, dining and lounging.
1. Use furniture groupings to define each space.
What good is your big, new slab of concrete if you can’t sit down and relax? Cushioned deep seating sets
work well for lounging, entertaining and backyard napping. Mix in a bistro table and chairs
, and you’ve just brought the bar scene to your backyard.
48 inches in diameter or larger and with room for at least four chairs is ideal for dining.
If you’re going to soak up all those beautiful UV rays, at least do it in style in a classy chaise lounge
. Every patio should have a dedicated space for sunbathing.
Remember, the furniture type you choose will define how each space is ultimately used.
2. Think in three dimensions to create dynamic spaces.
If you’re going to become Mr. and Mrs. Fancy Patio, you’ll need to utilize all three dimensions of your space.
A bare “floor” of concrete or brick is boring. Break up the monotony and set off a space with a vibrant and stylish outdoor “rug.” You can also bring the inside out and impress your friends by hanging some outdoor artwork
Go vertical by adding a trellis to screen or divide spaces. Or how about a vertical garden
? Very chic, indeed.
Make a space all its own by giving it a “ceiling” using patio coverings
, such as a pergola or colorful awning.
What you do to dress up the inside of your home can often be done on the outside as well.
3. Use container groupings to divide your patio into unique spaces.
An easy and elegant way to create unique spaces on your patio is to utilize groups of container plantings. These container groupings control circulation patterns from space to space-just like inside your home.
4. Add drama with color.
are also a terrific way to introduce much-needed color to your patio. Glazed ceramic containers offer vibrant color selections, while the traditional earthy color of terra cotta containers is more subtle, yet equally elegant.
When adding plantings to your patio containers, keep in mind the “warm colors” (red, orange, yellow) will be more dramatic compared to the more understated “cool colors” (blue, violet, green, white).
Fabrics and paint are also easy ways to introduce color. Give that old trellis or faded bench a face lift with a coat of Cerulean blue
paint (one of my favorites). Select fabrics for your outdoor furniture
that will make a statement-something that even designer Nate Berkus would drool over.
Remember this important dress code when decking out your new patio: Boring is bad, drama is good!
A great way to add color and style to your patio space is by accessorizing, just like inside your home. This could mean colorful pillows, outdoor rugs, table top arrangements, glass hurricanes and more.
6. Step it up a notch.
By bringing water into your patio space, you will add the exciting dynamics of sound and movement. I suggest using self-contained fountains
because they are easy to install and can even be moved around if needed. My favorite: A sleek and elegant ceramic vase spilling water over its rim. Wall fountains
are equally beautiful, and also provide stunning vertical impact.
For you firebugs out there, a portable fire pit
is another great way to enhance the patio experience. Unlike a built-in fire pit, you can actually move these portable units around wherever you want some flame action.
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Outdoor Fountain Ideas
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Adding a water feature brings a whole new sensory experience to your garden. A well-placed fountain can transform an ordinary backyard into a relaxing outdoor retreat with the restorative sound and hypnotizing movement of trickling water. A fountain can also serve as a focal point in a front yard, plaza or courtyard.
Garden fountains come in a wide range of sizes, styles and materials. You can purchase a prefabricated fountain or you can have one custom designed and built. Fountains can be mounted on walls, freestanding, tiered or disappearing. The option you choose will primarily depend on your budget, space availability, maintenance considerations and garden style. A good rule-of-thumb is to use a large fountain as a focal point and a small fountain as an accent element. Mock Property Services can help you sort through the options before you install your fountain.
Spring Pond Open
As we come out of winter, and temperatures start to climb your pond is ready to “wake up”. The amount of prep and winterization done at the end of the previous year will dictate what needs done in the spring.
A full cleanout is recommended, but not required. This entails removing 100% of the water and pressure washing your rocks and waterfall. To achieve this, you will need to have a place to put your fish until the job is complete. Using a “tote” of sorts is usually sufficient, unless you have very large fish. We recommend using your existing pond water to hold the fish until the cleanout is complete.
Once your pond (and skimmer box) is cleaned out, you can begin refilling your pond. Replace your filter media and place the pump in the skimmer box and re-connect it. When your water is at an acceptable level, you can plug your pump in and start re-circulating the water. (Note: If you use city water, it is imperative that you remove the chlorine and chloamine from your water before adding your fish back in. Using Mock Detoxifying Formula will do this for you.)
Slowly begin adding the new pond water to the holding tank for your fish to acclimate them to the temperature and fresh water. Once they have adjusted, you can go ahead and gently move them into the pond.
You will need to treat your pond weekly with Mock Cold Water Formula until the water temperatures rise to above 65 degrees, then switch over to the Mock 4 in 1 Formula. This Beneficial bacteria will keep your ecosystem in balance and allow the water to stay clear longer.
Mock 4 in 1 (Beneficial Bacteria) (#1 Seller)
Available in 16oz, 32oz, and Gallon size
For best results, use Mock 4 in 1 Formula once a week for the duration of the warmer months, and use Mock Cold Water Formula when water temps are below 65 degrees (Spring and Fall months) as long as your water pumps are running.
When you first “open” your pond for the season, we recommend that you treat with a double dose for the first two weeks to boost the re-establishment of the ecosystem after a long winter’s nap!
Mock Sludge Digester
Available in 16oz, 32oz, and Gallon size
When you first “open” your pond for the season, we recommend that you treat with Mock Sludge Digester every day for seven days. After your water quality is at the desired level and your pond is clear, we also recommend that this additive be a regular part of treatment once a week for the entire season. This product works best when paired with Mock 4 in 1!
Mock Rock ‘N Clean
Available in 2lb, 8lb, and 25 lb containers
Mock Rock N Clean is an oxygen based cleaner for rocks, fountains and waterfalls to remove string algae. This product, when used as directed is safe for fish and plants. It is safe for use in ornamental ponds if you follow the correct dosing instructions.
Mock Eco Sock (Slow Release Beneficial Bacteria)
Mock Eco Sock is a great product to use in your larger ornamental pond (5000 gallons or more) or in your earth bottom pond to add beneficial bacteria slowly, as it is a slow release water soluble packet. It is ideal for spring start-up or fall cleanouts.
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