You don’t have to have a big budget or an elaborate plan to create an awesome patio. My husband created an gorgeous patio using leftover building materials, a few dollars and some physical labor. We actually have four outdoor areas but the inexpensive patio is our favorite. Let’s take a tour.
First is the front porch. It’s long and skinny – not big enough for any furniture – but we like to stand at the railing sometimes, usually when guests are leaving, and talk for a few minutes. And the grandkids love playing on the porch and in front of the garage so we sit on the steps and watch them play.
We also enjoy sitting on the screened porch. It’s especially nice out there because we’re safe from bugs and snakes and other critters that tend to roam around our yard.
We also like to sit on the deck (balcony) off the family room. It has the best view but can be dangerous during hedge apple season (September/October). We have 15 hedge apple trees although not all of them produce hedge apples, thankfully. But there are two or three around the deck so we have to be careful during hedge apple season. But again, it’s one of our favorite places to sit.
And finally, our all-time favorite, the patio. Here’s what it looks like as you’re approaching from the front yard.
Here’s a closer look:
Around the corner are more flat stones which lead to a path covered with pea gravel
And when you’re sitting on the patio, here’s the view to the left:
To the right:
This article isn’t really intended to give you detailed instructions on how to build a patio. It’s to show you that a patio can be simple and cheap and still awesome.
So if you don’t have an outdoor area but would love to have one, look around and see if there’s some cool area where you can create an inexpensive getaway. It doesn’t have to be a traditional location, like right outside the back door or front door. And it doesn’t have to be done in a traditional manner or using typical materials. Get your creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with.
Do you have an outdoor area where you like to sit and relax? What’s your favorite outdoor space?