Naiara Reinders. Patio & Pergola. April 06th , 2017.
When contemplating your backyard deck or patio design, you will consider which material to use, shape and size of the deck or patio, and best way to transition off the deck or patio (into the house, or onto the rest of the backyard). For our purposed here, let's agree that patios are made of bricks, stone or cement, while decks are made of wood or simulated wood products.
In the Northeastern US, most suggest using at least a 4-6 inch base of crushed stone, and even up to 7 inches is recommended due to harsh winter weather. For brick pavers, this means that you'll need to dig to about 9" depth, since the pavers are 2 inches in height. Since this is a lot of digging, it may be one of the primary reasons to hire a landscape company.
Patio heaters comes in a variety of finishes including the popular copper finish and run on a standard 20 lb propane tank. Most patio heaters produce 40,000 BTU's and have wheels for easy mobility. The rich copper finish perfectly accents your patio environment and enhances your patio decor. The heater is very effective and heats up the surrounding area up to nine feet radius.
An alternative to a complete awning is a shade sail. Shade sails can be custom made to any size you require, or you can combine a number of smaller ones to cover a larger area (the solution you choose will depend partly on your site, and partly on your budget). Shade sails work by a tension system - the sails, often triangular in shape, are anchored to tension points which may be attached to the walls of the dwelling or to the tops of poles sunk into the ground. They have the advantage of being portable: if you sell your home, you can move the sail to your new home and reinstall it for the price of new tension points.
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