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As summer fast approaches, now is the time to start getting your outdoor space prepped for those long, sunny days. What better way to relax after a hard day than sat out on the patio with a cold drink, feet up and enjoying the calming, beautiful surroundings?



If you’re looking to have a patio fitted in time for summer, there’s a few factors you really need to keep in mind. Here, we’ll look at the top things to consider before planning your dream patio.



Understand exactly what you want



It’s common to focus entirely upon the aesthetics of the patio, forgetting about the practicalities. However, it’s so important to have a good understanding of exactly what you want and need from your patio area.



Sit down with the rest of the family and see what they want. Are you simply looking to make the garden more attractive or is the patio going to be more of an extension where you can cook and entertain? By understanding what it is you need, you’ll be able to design and plan the perfect patio. 



Don’t forget about safety



If you have children, pets, or if you’re planning on enjoying a few tipsy evenings on the patio, safety is one thing you’ll really need to consider.



Stone patios can look fantastic for example, and they provide a low maintenance design, but they can also pose a risk of injury if you were to fall over onto the cold, hard stone. Similarly, glass balustrades are popular these days due to their modern, elegant and light-enhancing properties, but they too can pose a safety threat if they aren’t installed properly.



When designing your patio, it’s really important to make sure you choose the materials and components from a reliable, high-quality company. While cost will play an important role in which supplier you go with, it should never compromise quality. Look for a company that provides both quality and affordability such as Barrier Components Limited.



Look online for inspiration



It can be difficult determining what to go for when designing a patio. Therefore, it really helps to do a little research to see what’s out there. You can look online and find plenty of free patio design pictures, or even go to friends and family’ houses to see how their patios look.



Overall, by doing as much research as possible, you’ll be able to see which designs best fit your own preferences. You’ll also be able to look for specific patio designs such as ones for smaller gardens, or raised areas. By following the advice above, you’ll be able to design your dream patio and avoid common issues others have faced due to poor planning. 




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