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August 2015

Patio Design Tips for your backyard retreat!

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The weather is already starting to cool down here in Iowa, so the time for fire pit parties and tailgating is here! Hopefully you were able to get your backyard patio and fire features from Richmond’s landscape designed and set up, but if not, there is still time to get working on it so that next year you won’t be stuck with your old boring patio!

We will start the process by coming to your place and finding the best fit for your yard and budget. Then we will show you a design of what the space will look like with our state of the art 3D design software. From there we will bring your backyard to life with all the custom features you are looking for! But the process doesn’t even stop there. We have all kinds of tips on how to make your patio take shape even after the pavers are all laid. Here are just a few more tips on how to design your space when all the hard work is done and you are ready to invite over the neighbors:


Outdoor patio with fire features from Richmond's Landscape of cedar rapids, iowa

Take Time to pick out your Table

When choosing indoor dining furniture, we often base our choices on the size of the room. In the expanse of outdoors, consider how many guests you will generally entertain. You can then plan the dining area to accommodate your guests, rather than the other way around. Also take into consideration how much of the patio space you would like to be for entertaining and fill it with seating, but always leave room to get around your table when everyone is gathering.

Light it up

Don’t let the sun go down on your party without providing adequate lighting. For the obvious safety reasons, but also for the ambience and a more intimate setting.

Cover it with Fabric

Weather hanging as draping, or cover the chairs and tables, fabric adds a design element that makes your porch or patio feel polished. It is also a great opportunity to add pattern and color to an otherwise neutral area.

Make it a private affair

Use of greenery, fencing and patio placement can add a private feel that makes your space feel cozy and secluded. This gives your guests the feeling of a getaway and they may not ever want to leave!