You are probably well aware that a patio or outdoor living space can not only increase the value of your property, but it can also enhance the overall look and enjoyment of the space as well. No doubt about it, there are a variety of benefits of outdoor living spaces in Dallas, and more and more homeowners are wanting to incorporate a space that allows them to relax, unwind, and enjoy the great outdoors. 

However, designing a patio is a complex process, which is why we recommend working with an experienced patio contractor. At Compass Outdoor Designs, while we certainly encourage and support those DIY’ers who tackle big home improvement projects, patio design is just something that should be left to the professionals. In this blog, our patio contractors share some of the most common patio design mistakes homeowners make and that professional patio contractors are sure to avoid to create a beautiful and comfortable outdoor living space. Take a look.

Patio Design Mistakes To Avoid

Mistake #1: Overcrowding The Space With Plants

Let’s be clear, having plants, seasonal blooms, and other foliage are a must when it comes to designing a beautiful outdoor living space, but there is too much. When homeowners take on patio design by themselves, they tend to overcrowd their backyard with flower beds and potted plants. Rather than overcrowding the space, create a cohesive look for your outdoor space by properly placing and spacing plants throughout the area.

Mistake #2: Including Too Much or Too Little

One of the most common mistakes we see from homeowners that try to take on patio design themselves is adding too much, adding not enough, or adding nothing at all. You see, the secret to a beautiful and relaxing outdoor living space is balance. People often make the mistake of adding everything they like to their patio or leaving the whole space vacant — there never seems to be an in-between. An easy way to avoid this is to purchase patio furniture according to the size of your outdoor space, making it both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Arranging furniture and other patio decor evenly around your patio space without focusing on a single area will help better curate your outdoor living space.

Mistake #3: Not Considering The Sun

Nothing can make your outdoor living space quite as uncomfortable as the sun can. Many homeowners often forget to consider the direction of the sun when designing their patio space. During the hot summer days, direct sunbeams coming to your patio space can make it unbearable for you to stay outdoors. If harsh sunlight is something that can not be avoided, a covered patio or pergola is an effective solution to add some shade to the space. 

Mistake #4: No Inside-Outside Connection

They say that outdoor living spaces are an extension of your home, and adding a pleasant transition between them can create a well-curated patio space. While connecting your indoor and outdoor spaces isn’t always necessary — or possible — having absolutely no connection between the two will make it difficult to make your patio space seem like a part of your home. 

Mistake #5: Not Thinking About Lighting

Sufficient patio lighting is essential to make your outdoor patio space usable at night. Many homeowners forget about the importance of lighting, compromising the functionality of their outdoor living space. 

Mistake #6: Not Using Patio Furniture

Listen, there is a reason why both indoor and outdoor furniture is sold. While it may seem like common sense, some homeowners try to add bulky cushioned sofas and comfortable chairs to their outdoor space to enhance its comfort. However, furniture that is meant for indoor use only can become damaged if used outside. Rain, sun, and other natural elements can cause the furniture to wither and become unsightly enough that nobody will want to use it. That’s why, no matter what, you should always use the proper patio furniture to furnish your outdoor space. 

Mistake #7: Poor Furniture Arrangement

Speaking of furniture, how it is placed on your patio is an integral part of your patio design. While it is easy to rearrange furniture to fit your space, it is a hassle, so it should be done right the first time. When placing furniture, your goal should be to create conversation areas. Chairs should be gathered around tables facing each other to encourage people to talk while having access to drinks or snacks on the table. If you’re planning to throw a patio party, you can arrange the furniture against the wall of your outdoor room so you have an area in the middle that is perfect for mingling. 

Mistake #8: Not Creating A Budget

Just like all home renovation projects, when it comes to patio design, it can be easy for the costs to add up. Don’t make the mistake of avoiding to set a budget. Setting a budget helps prevent overspending and causing financial hardships. So before you go crazy on a spending spree, identify your needs for your outdoor space, establish a budget to stick to, and go from there. 

The approach to patio design should achieve a well-proportioned outdoor space which is both comfortable, unique, and enjoyable. Don’t risk the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space by taking on patio design yourself and making the above-mentioned mistakes.

The best way to ensure these mistakes, as well as the many other mistakes commonly made by homeowners, are avoided is to let a professional patio design company handle the work. At Compass Outdoor Design, our experienced patio contractors can help you design a space that fits your home, style, and budget. To learn more about outdoor living space installation in Dallas, contact us!