It’s very important to plan out your patio design before your remodel. Keep in mind that people use patios for different things, but primarily patios are used for entertaining and relaxing. Will you have large groups over or a few intimate gatherings? Will you be serving food or cocktails? Next, think about the materials you want to use and what will work best for your needs and tastes. Decide whether you want a covered or uncovered area. Finally, determine what additional amenities you want to add to the project. Is an outdoor fireplace essential? Do you want a built-in grill?
As with any home remodeling project, materials help determine the overall style and feel, so make sure that your choices reflect your own tastes and the vibe of your home. As you look through pictures and compile your favorite patio design ideas, note which materials you’re drawn to and try to incorporate those into your own design.