With summer, Christmas and the January school holidays fast approaching, there’s never a better time to start planning for a new patio for your Brisbane home. To make sure the planning, design and building process is more smooth than stressful, take a look at our top tips, bought to you by our Outside Concepts South Brisbane Branch.

Top tips for a new patio for your Brisbane home

Patio Style

Well before a shovel full of soil is turned, consider the style of patio you want. When it comes to patio styles, easily the best inspiration is your home. Like most capital cities, Brisbane has a wide range of house styles, from modern and contemporary to gorgeous traditional Queenslanders and everything in between. If you match or complement your new patio with your home, you’re a style winner.

How big should the patio be?

While style is important, practicality is too and when it comes to practicality size is king. So consider carefully what your patio will be used for. You’ll only need a small patio if you’re more into intimate gatherings with only your direct family or a couple of friends.
If you love entertaining with lots of guests, you’ll need something more sizable. You may be restricted by the size of the land you have to play with but with clever thinking you can maximise the benefits.

Patio Furniture

When working out the dimensions of your new patio, it’s not just a matter of considering how many people you want to fit, You also need to ponder your furniture and other items. Nothing is worse than a patio that’s so crammed full of stuff that you must breathe in to get past everything.

A great way to ensure you’ll have enough space if you’re keeping your existing furniture and barbecue is to place items on the ground where your new patio will go. If you’ll be using new items, mark out their position using mark-up landscapers paint or by scraping lines in the dirt. Then walk around to get a feel for how everything will work.

What materials should you use?

Consider what materials you will use for your new Brisbane patio. This may be dictated by your home and its features. For example, if you have a timber Queenslander, you’ll likely want to build your patio out of timber to match. If you want a low-maintenance patio, steel will be your best bet as it will require minimal maintenance once it’s built.

Keep your family cool.

Incorporating adequate shade and ventilation in the patio design is paramount in Brisbane’s climate. Homeowners will appreciate a retreat from the intense sun during the hot summer months.

Options to make your patio more comfortable in hot weather might include:

  • Pergolas covered with climbing plants
  • Retractable awnings or
  • A permanent roof to provide shelter from sun and rain.
  • Consider a design that encourages cross-ventilation.
  • Incorporate open sides or adjustable screens.

Council Planning Permission

Don’t forget to organise local council planning permission as early as possible, particularly if you want your new patio up quick smart. Permission can take several weeks and even longer in some instances, so get your application in ASAP.

Patio accessories

If you want to use your patio in all weather conditions and at any time, consider integrating aspects such as lighting, cooling and heating when you build. It will cost a bit more, but you’ll have a high-end patio that you can use virtually anytime. Another cool idea, pardon the pun, is to install outdoor blinds on your patio. They’re great in hot weather and cold, and will allow you to use your patio even when the rain is nearly blowing sideways!

Contact Outside Concepts South Brisbane for your new patio

One of the benefits of using Outside Concepts is that we can look after everything for you. From providing advice on the style, practicality, size, materials and more, to even helping with the local planning permission.

To organise a free and no-obligation discussion with our South Brisbane branch owner, Brody Glasby, go to his website page and submit a contact form. Alternatively, phone us on 1800 601 674.

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See our tips to ensure your new Brisbane patio is perfect for you and your family.
See our tips to ensure your new Brisbane patio is perfect for you and your family.

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