Selecting Your Fort Wayne Patio Materials
The primary design consideration for patios is whether you want to use
manufactured pavers, natural stone or poured concrete. Not only does your
selection set the tone for your outdoor living space – rugged or
irregular versus smooth and symmetrical, for example – it also determines
the project’s price range.
We also need to know whether you want your patio to match the colors of
other nearby materials in your outdoor living space. We can help you select
patio materials to complement an existing deck or porch adjacent to your
new patio. Sometimes that means matching the color of your low-maintenance,
composite decking boards, and sometimes it means providing contrast from
light to dark.
Paver Patios Satisfy Multiple Requirements
There are so many styles of manufactured pavers available today it’s
almost hard to talk about them as just one category. Pavers offer versatility
and are the most durable patio material. We often work with Belgard pavers,
which come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. You can select uniform
pavers if you prefer a regular pattern instead of more random pavers that
mimic the irregular edges of natural stone. We can combine different sizes
of the same paver to achieve a mosaic-like pattern or work with only one
size for a tight, traditional pattern such as herringbone. Some pavers
even look like porcelain tiles but offer extra durability.
A growing trend is the permeable patio. We can design your permeable patio
by spacing pavers to leave room for gravel in between them or by working
with porous pavers. Most permeable patios include layers of gravel and
sand under pavers. This kind of patio is popular because it’s so
environmentally friendly. It also reduces the likelihood of standing water
where mosquitoes could breed and algae could grow.
When Only Natural Stone Will Do for Your Fort Wayne Patio
It’s hard to match the beauty of natural stone. Are you naturally
drawn to flagstone, bluestone or travertine? Natural stone is the more
expensive patio material, but when you have a favorite kind of stone and
you want to use it for your patio, it’s okay to splurge. The patio
will be part of your home and you plan to spend a lot of time enjoying
it, so it’s extremely important to select materials you’ll love.
Consider the Affordability and Versatility of Stain and Stamp Concrete
If affordability is your priority right now, Archadeck of Fort Wayne can
design and build a stunning patio for you with a stained and stamped concrete
design. Stain and stamp patios are popular because of the cost savings
but also because of the design possibilities they offer. With an almost
infinite range of colors and an array of stamp designs, we’re certain
to find a look you’ll love. We can create a stain and stamp concrete
patio that mimics granite or flagstone … you decide!
One way we can customize a stain and stamp patio is by mixing colors to
get a custom color that’s just right for you. We can also add subtle
variations in color by combining a base color with a secondary release
color. If you haven’t seen a patio like that, and it’s hard
to visualize, we can show you examples.
When a Patio Needs a Kitchen … or a Fire Feature …
We won’t tell you how to use your patio, we’ll ask you how
you want to use it. If you enjoy entertaining outdoors, your patio should
facilitate that lifestyle. An outdoor kitchen adds immeasurable functionality
to a patio by creating an outdoor space where you have everything you
need. Whether you prefer a full kitchen with grill, smoker, griddle, refrigerator,
sink, storage and prep areas – or just the basics – let us
design the perfect outdoor kitchen for your home.
An outdoor fireplace increases the sense that your patio is a refuge from
the cares of the day. Archadeck of Fort Wayne can create that escape with
a wood-burning or gas-burning fireplace. Combined with additional hardscape
elements such as a retaining wall, pillars and steps, an outdoor fireplace
can add a dramatic flair to your outdoor living space.
If your space is limited and can’t accommodate a full fireplace,
consider a fire pit. Any fire feature, large or small, creates a cozy
patio setting and will provide family and friends with hours of contentment.
Combine Structures for Your Perfect Outdoor Space
If you have a deck or porch and want to add a patio, we call that a combination
outdoor living space – one that includes two or more structures.
We find any combination results in a space that’s more than the
sum of its parts. When you have more than one component you not only gain
additional space, you have areas you can designate for lounging, cooking,
dining, etc. Be creative! Mix and match the elements of outdoor living
you enjoy most.
Archadeck of Fort Wayne is northeast Indiana’s premier custom patio
designer and patio builder. Our hardscape designs are built to last and
to love. If you’re considering a patio – alone or in combination
with other outdoor living elements – Call us today at
(855) 931-4746 or
send us an email to get started!
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— Craig Whitman, owner at Archadeck of Fort Wayne.
It all begins with a complimentary design consultation, so give us a call today at
(855) 931-4746 to get started.