Outdoor Living: Patio Designs on a Budget

wooden patio overlooking lawn and lake

Every home needs a patio. It’s a beautiful place for retreat –the perfect way to make full use of your outdoor space for both recreation and entertainment.

As such, it’s your goal as a homeowner to make your patio look pleasant and relaxing. It should be the perfect place to unwind after a long day’s work, where you can spend a long time to enjoy the cool breeze and the night sky filled with stars. It also has to look inviting. After all, there will come the point when you’re not the only one who’ll be using it. If you’re planning to host a party or any small get-together in your patio, it has to look like something you can be proud of to show to your friends and family.

A simple online search and a flip through home designing magazines will give you plenty of helpful ideas for your patio, whether to go for single skin or insulated roofing, for example. However, if your budget is tight, your options may appear very limited.

If you’re thinking about building an outdoor retreat, but money is an issue, here are some simple design ideas for your patio:

Concrete Patios Need Not to be Boring; Add Splashes of Color

Get a can of paint to rejuvenate that shabby patio. If you’re up to it, add some character to your outdoor space and try some fun and bold colours and patterns. Want a touch of luxury even on a budget? Try mimicking the appearance of some high-end stone patios with some stamps and a little bit of paint. Take the DIY route and try creating patterns similar to a carpet or even a board game. A fresh coat of paint will undoubtedly give that old concrete patio a revived feel.

Enjoy Some S’mores: Build a Fire Pit

Much like how a fireplace can be a central piece in a living room, a mini fire pit can be that interesting visual focal point in your patio. It can be that much-needed fun and function you can add in your outdoor space, and you can build your own! It doesn’t take a lot of time and money. Check some online guides on how to DIY a super affordable fire pit. But, before you try this, make sure your patio was built using fire-safe materials. Also, check the local fire codes. Grab some marshmallows and have a relaxing evening!

Accessorise for a Relaxing Atmosphere

cozy patio with fireplace and rattan sofa

Use rugs or small mattresses to give your seating area a more exciting vibe. If you want to cover a larger area, go for a carpet. Get a couple of small rugs instead of one large designer rug to save some money. Scented aroma candles and a basket of flowers can also add warmth and colours to your space. Throw a couple of comfy pillows on your seating area, and you’re good to go.

Even with a limited budget, you can still put all these elements into your patio. Choose carefully which ones you want to highlight and make adjustments according to your budget.