Patio designs do not need to be extravagant to be luxurious. Luxury to me is having a little garden oasis to escape to in your own backyard. Patio ideas for small yards are numerous and the best way to achieve this little getaway is to do it yourself. Designs for small backyards are fairly simple to implement and hiring a professional is not really necessary. Even professionals have been known to install poorly. It’s best to educate yourself and take the job into your own hands. A little light reading and some simple design ideas can have you creating the backyard escape of your dreams!
Flagstone creates a stunning impact and that luxurious look and can be installed relatively cheaply if you do it yourself. Flagstone itself is not cheap, so watch out for sales at the local home improvement centre. Although it is not the cheapest material, it is extremely durable so the investment now will pay for itself in the long run. Laying flagstone in a sand base is an installation that can easily be done by yourself and a friend or two.
Another idea for a simple and low-cost design is loose material patios. Loose material can be pea gravel, crushed rock, river rock or wood chips. Now river rock and pea gravel are going to be more difficult to walk on so it is more of a decorative type of patio. Often these materials are used as an accent around a sitting area. Loose material can also be used as a focal element in your patio design. Wood chips are soft underfoot but you will have more maintenance to keep it looking fresh. Patios made with loose material patios will require a solid edging to keep it in place.
Pavers are another easy do it yourself patio design. You can choose from many colours and shapes of pavers and create a pattern unique to your yard. If a paver becomes discoloured or broken it is easy enough to pull it up and replace it. When purchasing your pavers be sure to buy extra for this purpose. Pavers can be used to create many different looks from very formal to the whimsical. Installation is fairly straight forward for the do-it-yourselfer.
There are many patio ideas for small backyards that can be done simply and cheaply. It takes just a little imagination and some of your own labour to create an inviting outdoor space.Image Source : Pinterest