How To Prepare For A Patio Installation

Transforming your outdoor space is a lot easier than it might seem when you opt for a professionally installed patio. The end result is an oasis, only feet from your kitchen, that you can use to entertain guests, make memories with family and have quiet time to yourself on early mornings or evenings.

When you put thought into your building plans and take the time to prepare, you can achieve a beautiful patio space, especially when it’s built with natural-looking EP Henry stone products. No matter the look and building materials you choose to use, there are a few best practices you should follow to ensure your patio installation proceeds smoothly. Check out our five tips for preparing for a patio installation.

1. Decide on Square Footage

One of the biggest questions you’ll have to answer in the initial planning stages is: how big do you want your patio to be? The answer to that question depends on what you’re using your deck for.

  • Eating Family Meals: Make sure your table can fit on it comfortably with extra room for chairs. A good rule is to add 4 feet all the way around the table so people can walk behind others who are seated.
  • Hosting Barbecues and Cocktail Parties: Leave room for a prep station and serving area as well as a grill, whether built-in or freestanding. Consider handrails with wide, flat caps so guests can rest their drinks or food plates, and perimeter seating is helpful for large gatherings.
  • Lounging and Relaxation: Find a sunny or shady spot and make room for a lounge chair or two along with a small table. If local codes allow for it, adding a fire pit can help create a cozy ambiance on chilly late summer or fall nights.

2. Visualize Your Layout and Test It

Use stakes and strings to outline your patio’s potential footprint. Test-drive furniture within the space and walk around inside to ensure you like the views and shape. Make some adjustments if necessary to perfect your patio plan. Consider things like the position of the sun during the morning and afternoon: do you want your patio mostly in the sun, or do the trees around provide sufficient shade?

3. Select Materials

Prince William Home Improvement uses EP Henry products for patios, and they come in a range of sizes, shapes and colors. The materials you choose will depend on the look you want to create for your backyard. Choose from solid or mottled stones and ask for various types of patterns to be laid into your patio to increase visual interest in your backyard.

EP Henry products include concrete pavers and stone that create a natural-looking peaceful environment in your backyard. The smooth, stone surface is rigid, yet flexible. The joints installed between the pavers allow the patio surface to move without cracking, and it’s also easy to “unzip” them for access to utilities or to make small repairs. Plus, the spacing between pavers ensures stones can expand and contract with outdoor temperature changes, so your patio won’t give way to unsightly and potentially dangerous cracks.

4. Tackle Legal Issues

Before beginning to build, check with your state, county or city offices for what permits may be necessary for constructing a patio. There may be building code requirements and forms you need to fill out so you can get approval from the right people.

If you live in an area with a homeowner’s association, make sure your deck plans don’t conflict with any established rules. One way to reduce the legal and code hassles of installing a patio is to work with a professional patio provider such as PWHI.

5. Consider Safety

Be sure to check with local utility companies for the location of any underground wires, cables or pipes that may interfere with patio installation. At Prince William Home Improvement, we can assist you with this process before we begin to install your patio.

When you take the time to prepare by tackling legal and safety issues, choosing the right materials you want and making key decisions on the size and layout of your patio, you can help ensure the installation proceeds smoothly. Before you know it, you’ll have transformed your backyard into something you and your family can enjoy for many years in the future.

Contact Our Patio Installation Experts Today

Contact our team or give us a call at (800) 799-7944 today to speak to an expert about transforming your home with a new patio! We look forward to partnering with you to bring life to your home by building a patio that fits your budget and style.