Boring Outdoor Spaces? Try These Backyard Patio Ideas

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About the Author

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell is an award-winning deck builder and designer who specializes in urban decking, transforming cityscapes with his creative constructions. He is a second-generation deck builder.

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If your outdoor space is feeling less than inspirational, it’s time for an overhaul. Of course, we don’t always have the time or budget for a complete redesign every few years! Instead, try these backyard patio ideas to refresh and rejuvenate your Frankfort yard so it feels like new again.

Start with a Deep Cleaning

Whether you have a concrete pad, a brick patio, or a constructed deck, sometimes all that’s needed to bring it back to life is a thorough cleaning. Over the course of several seasons and many years, dirt, grime, moss, and stains can start to bring you down. Removing these layers will give you a fresh start.

If you’re working with concrete, patio pavers, or stepping stones, a power washer will help you get the job done. If you’re cleaning your deck, be sure to start by checking the type of material your decking is made from, as that will help you determine which products to use. In all cases, sweeping all debris and hosing off dirt is the best place to get started.

Interesting Additions

If your space is a bit simplistic, some exciting additions can help spice things up. For example, consider adding a pavilion to your patio or deck. A covered patio will not only allow you to use your space in the rain or shine, but it will also protect your patio furniture from harsh elements allowing you to upgrade them a bit with no fear.

Lighting is another addition that can add style and dimension to your space while also allowing you to continue the fun long after sunset. Landscape and accent lighting can help draw attention to your favorite features, while overhead lighting will bring broad illumination to your outdoor dining area. Lighting can also improve the security of the area and make it safer to use pathways and stairs after dark.

Entertainment Options

To make your patio or deck more comfortable for entertaining, consider bringing some audio and video options to the table. A high-quality sound system will allow you to play music to keep the party lively or relaxing sounds to elevate your comfort.

If you have a roof or pavilion, an outdoor television can give new life to movie nights. Sleepovers will be more exciting, and game day can be an even bigger event. Or, hook up your favorite gaming console for a unique competition!

Fire & Water

A fire pit is the perfect place to gather around on a chilly night while enjoying your favorite drinks and telling your best stories. Fire pits come in nearly any shape and style and can be accommodated for decks and patios, too. If you want a roaring bonfire, it’s best to move the fire away from the house. A tabletop or gas-fueled fire is a great small-scale solution for your patio and an outdoor fireplace can really set the mood.

Water features add an attractive focal point while bringing a feeling of restoration and relaxation to your space. Choose a simple tabletop feature, or go all out and design a custom water feature to be the centerpiece of your backyard.

Refresh the Landscaping

Plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers are some of the simplest ways to transform your backyard from dull and sparse to lively and exciting. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, a landscape specialist can help you choose plants that are native to your area and low-maintenance. That way, once they are established, you can enjoy them for years to come without much fuss.

To dress up your hardscapes, planters and containers are the way to go. Add a bright pop of color with festive florals, enhance the greenery with small shrubs, or even grow a few herbs and vegetables in a small outdoor kitchen garden. Or, rotate your favorite silk plants for a no-hassle look that’s customizable for the seasons.

Enjoy Your Backyard

Don’t forget that the purpose of your outdoor patio or deck is to provide a place for you to relax with friends and family while having a bit of fun. While you’re overhauling your backyard, don’t forget to think about what’s most important to you and your family and incorporate these patio design ideas in a way that makes sense for you.

Whether you’re looking to design a patio from scratch or need help refreshing your current setup, our professionals are here to help. To learn more, contact Mitchell Construction today.