If you’re looking to maximize the functionality of your yard, you might consider adding a patio. Especially as the summer months approach, you’re going to want to be spending more time outside, and a patio will be a great place to relax by yourself or entertain while enjoying the nice weather.
Here are just a few things you should consider as you prepare for new patio construction in Kansas City.
Depending on the size of your lot, you might not have many options with regard to where you place your patio. But if you do have some space to work with, you should carefully consider where you end up installing your patio. Things to consider: how much a patio will cost if placed in a given area, how you can maximize your view, and the functionality you are looking for out of your patio. If, for example, you want to be able to easily run back into the kitchen for a drink or food, you’re probably going to want that patio closer to your house. But if there’s an area on your property that offers a gorgeous view, you might opt for that instead.
Permits and codes
You’ll need to make sure your patio is compliant with all local building codes and safety ordinances before you begin construction. You might need a permit if you’re going to be moving around a lot of soil or pouring concrete. This is for a variety of reasons, including drainage and safety with utilities.
You also need to make sure the patio complies with code with regard to railings, if the patio is more than 30 inches off the ground. Plus, there should be at least three feet of flat ground below that 30-inch elevation change.
If you’re planning on using pavers for your patio, you have a wide variety of material options available. We recommend you attempt to blend in your material choice with the architecture of your home. This will provide a much more seamless look for your patio, as though it had been there the entire time.
Consider also the way you will be using that patio. Formal patios intended for entertaining should be made with hard surfaces that allow guests to wear heels if they wish. Unless the building is brick, we typically recommend against brick, as there are many more pieces to deal with. Larger pavers will be put down faster, and still allow for some creative, aesthetically pleasing designs. Plus, the larger pavers won’t cause you as many maintenance headaches if you end up needing to swap any of them out.
The durability of your patio will largely depend on the materials you use. Most types of stone should last a very long time, but some weather more quickly than others. Concrete will eventually crack. Putting it down in pieces can minimize that cracking, but it will weather over time.
For more information, contact MSE Hardscape Design and Installation about new patio construction in Kansas City.