A patio is a worthwhile investment, providing a central spot for gathering in your outdoor space. However, if you're planning to install one on your property in Michigan, there are some things you need to consider. First, you'll want to consider what materials you're going to use so it meets your aesthetic and functional needs. You can also consider arranging them into a pattern to turn your patio into an eye-catching focal point. Additionally, if you want to use it at night, you should install outdoor lighting. Finally, you'll want to consider investing in a design rendering to see how your finished patio will look before construction begins!

What materials do you want to use for your patio?

The first thing you'll want to consider if you plan on installing a patio is what materials you want to use. Numerous material options are available, but you'll want to choose one that meets your aesthetic and functional preferences. Concrete pavers are popular for patios because they're highly durable, long-lasting, and don't need much to stay pristine. They also offer near-endless design options, as they come in different shapes, sizes, and colors.

In addition to concrete pavers, other material options for patios include flagstone and natural stone, such as limestone and bluestone.

Do you want to arrange the materials for your patio into a pattern?

Another factor to consider when planning a new patio is whether you want to arrange the materials into a pattern. Concrete pavers are perfect for creating a pattern that gives this feature your desired look. Here are some options to consider for your patio:

  • Herringbone: Herringbone is created by placing pavers into a zig-zag pattern, either at a 45-degree or 90-degree angle, with the end of one touching the side of another.
  • Running Bond: The running bond is created by making offset rows of pavers so that every other one lines up.
  • Stack Bond: The stack bond pattern is created by placing pavers in uniform rows that align with each other.
  • Basketweave: Basketweave is achieved by placing alternating pairs of pavers in vertical and horizontal positions to create the illusion of them weaving in front of and behind each other.

Do you want to use your patio at night?

Another thing you'll want to consider when installing a new patio is if you want to use it at night. Outdoor lighting is just what you need to illuminate it and make it functional even after the sun goes down! It also increases safety by improving visibility, allowing you to maximize and get the most out of your patio. However, you'll want to ensure you use low-voltage LED outdoor lighting, as it's energy-efficient, long-lasting, and durable against the elements.

Do you want to see how your patio will look before installation begins?

The last thing to consider is whether you want to see how your finished patio will look before installation begins. To do this, you should invest in a design rendering! Design renderings can be 2D or 3D, and you can choose which will best help you envision how it'll look and fit in with your existing outside area. 2D renderings provide a flat, general layout of your patio that you can view from a top-down angle. On the other hand, a 3D design is more realistic and offers an in-depth, comprehensive depiction of the final product, which you can view from any angle. You can't go wrong either way, as they'll both allow you to see it beforehand so that you can ensure it aligns with your vision perfectly!

Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation for Our Patio Installation Service

At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, we offer our patio installation service to commercial and residential properties and HOAs in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, MI, and surrounding areas. With this service, our team will help bring your vision for your new patio to life. You can choose from our numerous material options, which we can arrange in your desired pattern to give it the visual appeal you want to achieve. We can also install outdoor lighting so you can use it even at night, plus create a 2D or 3D design rendering so you can see how it'll look before we begin constructing it! Call us at (517) 333-7999 to schedule a consultation for our patio installation service today!