Patios are steadily becoming a staple for Australian residences as they provide the perfect space to enjoy al fresco living without being exposed to the elements. However, merely constructing a patio will not ensure that the space will be comfortable or aesthetically appealing. If you decide to have this structure constructed on your property, you should also consider ways that your building contractors can make the space functional and attractive. Not only would this set your patio apart from others, but it also functions to increase the value of your property as a whole. The following are design elements you could request from your building contractors to make your patio stand out:
Install lighting on your patio steps
Lighting is essential for your patio if you plan on entertaining guests at night. However, some people will only concentrate on overhead lighting and not contemplate other options to spruce up the space. Step lighting provides you with both a subtle as well as a dramatic effect on your patio. The reason why step lighting is subtle is that the lights will be understated and will not overshadow the ambiance.
Nevertheless, they also do add a dramatic effect as they make your patio steps stand out by bathing them with illumination. Installing this type of lighting is also highly functional, as it will prevent accidental slips and falls by making your steps safer.
Install a fire pit
Australia may be known for its favourable weather, but the temperature can become quite chilly during the night, mainly when the winter months come around. If you do not have a source of heating on your patio, you may find that the space becomes uninhabitable when the temperatures drop. A quick and easy fix for this would be having your building contractors construct a fire pit right in your patio.
Modern day fire pits can be constructed using an assortment of materials with the most popular options being natural stone or concrete. These materials are not only weather resistant, but are fire resistant too! If you would like to add a contemporary edge to your patio, you may want to consider a fire pit with a metallic finish. Some people may be averse to fire pits on their patio as they assume they will produce too much smoke. Luckily, you can opt to have your fire pit run on gas rather than firewood, which would eliminate any issues with ash or smoke.