Beautiful, timeless and wonderfully functional, a well designed patio makes for an excellent addition to any backyard design in Perth. Regardless of the size or design of your backyard, Instant Gardens can help you build a gorgeous patio that raises the usability of your outdoor space and allows you to get the most out of the balmy Perth climate.
However, before you rush out and start buying building materials, we do recommend taking a moment to consider the purpose, shape and style of your patio, and how you’re going to achieve them. Taking the time to do some research and consciously plan things out will enable you to work more efficiently, plot out the space better and make it that much easier to build the patio of your dreams.
Not sure where to start? With almost 40 years of experience as landscape designers in Perth, Instant Gardens has all the specialist knowledge you need to help you design and build a world-class patio. Read on for some of our unique insights into what you should consider when designing a patio in WA.
What is the Purpose of Your Patio?
It might seem obvious, but the most important thing you need to consider when designing a patio is what the space is actually going to be used for. For example, you may want your patio to be an intimate space to relax in after work, a cheerful alfresco for the family or a lively area designed for entertaining guests and hosting elaborate dinner parties. Regardless of the role you want your patio to play, try to keep its purpose in mind throughout the planning process and ensure that your design choices align with this objective.
Size and Shape
Once you’ve decided on the purpose of your patio, the next thing to consider is its size and shape. The ideal size of your patio will depend on how much space you have in your backyard, the number of people who will typically be using it at once and how much furniture you want to display in the space. A patio comprised of long, gently curving lines can complement the natural beauty of your landscape, while hard-lined, rectangular shapes are an excellent choice for gardens where space is at a premium.
Position for Privacy
If you’re building on an unfenced property or if your neighbour’s house is in close proximity to your own, you may need to consider how you can position your patio to create a sense of privacy. This might involve positioning the patio behind a protective tree, or erecting a trellis or pergola along the exposed edges of your patio. Talk to the Instant Gardens team for more advice on how you can design a beautiful Perth garden that encourages indoor-outdoor flow while maintaining your privacy.
Don’t Forget About the Sun
Perth is blessed with glorious sunshine for much of the year – why not use your patio to take full advantage of our fantastic climate? To achieve this, you’ll want to position your patio so that it receives a good amount of sun exposure and ensure the space is not obscured by overhanging branches, shed walls or neighbouring properties. If you’re concerned that your patio might be too exposed, think about adding a pergola to provide shade and shelter from the sun.
Whether your house is contemporary or rustic in design, it’s a good idea to design your patio so that it suits the overarching stylings of your home and garden – doing so will allow you to create a cohesive look that ties the entire property together. Traditional brickwork, wooden furniture and lots of greenery are perfect for a traditional look, while modern pavers, wrought iron features and woven outdoor chairs are great for achieving a contemporary, chic aesthetic. If you get stuck for ideas, be sure to have a chat with Instant Gardens.
Choosing Your Materials
In years gone by, your choice of materials for building a patio was fairly limited, but you’ll be pleased to know that you’re now spoiled for choice. Here at Instant Gardens, we’re proud to offer an extensive range of materials that will make your patio look great and enhance the overall look of your backyard landscape design in Perth. With an enormous variety of materials, colours and textures to select and combine, the only limitation is your imagination. Take a look at our gallery for some examples of our previous Perth garden designs and get inspired!
Keep It Practical
While we may want our patios to be areas of great beauty, tranquility and entertainment, it’s important to keep in mind that, at its core, your patio must remain safe, functional and practical. This means you need to consider the less glamorous side of patio design such as drainage, lighting, awnings, accessibility options and perhaps even fencing if the space is going to be raised. You’ll also want to ensure your choice of materials provides a safe environment for the people using the patio by opting for flooring that offers good traction in wet weather and patio furniture that is sturdy and durable.
Feels like a lot to take in? While there are many factors to consider when designing a patio for your Perth backyard, the good news is you don’t have to do it on your own. The team at Instant Gardens has been designing Perth landscapes since 1978 and are consummate experts when it comes to creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces in WA.
From large-scale commercial operations to intimate residential projects, we have extensive experience with all aspects of landscape design and construction. No matter what type of patio you have in mind, we have the specialist expertise and friendly customer service to help you get the job done. Contact the team today for a no-obligation quote and find out why Instant Gardens is the number one choice of landscape designers in Perth.