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There are a multitude of improvements that you can apply to your existing patio, or if you are installing a new patio area without the need for professional contractors.  Some of the most effective improvement can be done DIY, and all can be done in a weekend. So if you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor living area, get ready to gear up for spring, and to transform your patio area into your own personal haven.

Patio materials options

There are so many different types of materials to choose from for patio basics, and creating your new area. Here is a quick list of the types of products you may see that are available for your project.

Interlocked decking tiles

These tiles are the perfect solution for covering up an old and tired patio. Interlocked deck tiles snap together with no tools, are easy to cut and trim, and then can be easily taken up moved if needed. They are stained with a natural finish that is reminiscent of golden oak. These tiles are very durable, and can be installed in a weekend.

Traditional stone pavers

Whether slate, travertine, granite, sandstone, natural stone pavers add class to any space, and remain to be one easy, go to way to create structure to any outdoor living space whether its as a patio expanse, a pool surround, or a path. Stone pavers are intended to be a permanent installation, and are mounted in an even layer of sand. Making sure the sand is hard and compacted, place the slate stone in a nice fashion that leaves about an inch worth of space between each one. Fill in the spaces with more packing sand, and voila, a new patio.

Stone pavers are also just as varied in their shape and sizes. Any type of stone will offer subtle color variations that will give the area character and uniqueness. The mix and match color possibilities are perfect for your designer’s eye. would be a great way to introduce other materials like metals, different colors of wood, and even when decorating with plants.

Interlocked stone pavers

Much like the wood deck tiles, interlocked stone pavers are manufactured to be installed very easily, with minimal tools and experience. The real stone is mounted on a plastic backing, much like the wood deck tiles, and can be laid down on any flat, dry surface, like an existing patio or concrete slab.

Getting your new patio ready

Before you begin to get your patio ready for use, you need to make sure the area is well prepared. Before installation, make sure that the entire space that will be used is cleared off, level and that the sand base you’ve laid for pavers has been completely compacted. This will make the installation process much smoother. Plan the design, and when you do, make sure to include sufficient area for tables, chairs and other accessories like a BBQ. This will ensure that you have an adequate area to have friends and family over in a comfortable setting.

When planning the area, and if you’ve got a larger space, also consider planning for traffic and space for those cases that may require you to include more seating, tables or other items to accommodate a larger group or party. When designing with events in mind, it’s always better to make adjustments for more people, rather than having too little space once your project is completed.

Enjoy spring on your patio

Spring is a great time to enjoy being outdoors. With the mild weather, beautiful days and blossoming flowers, there is no better place to be than outside. Completing a nice patio area is a great way to extend the relaxing spaces from your home.

And once you’ve established some of the elements of your outdoor living space that you can do yourself, think about building out from there to the next level. Bring your outdoor living space to life with an awning. This is a great way to provide a nice shaded covering. Including durable fabrics is a fantastic way of adding textures and accentuating the materials you’ve used for your patio.

Have a stationary structure, like a pergola or a gazebo for shade can make those lazy days perfect for rest in the yard. Think about incorporating comfortable and stylish patio furniture, too, to make your outdoor living space an extension of your interiors. And for cool evenings, a stone fire pit may be just the thing to add spring and summer evening ambiance.

Whatever the scale of your projects, enjoy your patio this spring!

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.