Time and again, the Hamptons have proven themselves the perfect setting for world-class outdoor entertaining. From classic poolside lunches to memorable dinner parties, the charm “out East” is unparalleled. Such distinct Hamptons homeliness isn’t entirely location-dependent, however, but calls for a stellar patio design. Whether you’re looking to impress friends with grandeur or cultivate an intimate family setting, use the following landscaping tips to achieve your perfect patio design.
FORM MATCHES FUNCTION
First things first, it’s important to decide what you primarily intend to use your patio for. Take into account your desired size, hardscaping material, privacy level, and proximity to your main Hamptons home.
Do you envision small, private gatherings or extravagant, expansive parties? Be realistic about how many guests you expect the space to hold. Imagine how many pieces of furniture your patio design should accommodate: will you only need room for a single table and a few chairs, or multiple tables with seating for a dozen or more? Just as a cozy fire pit would be overwhelmed by a sprawling patio space, a tiny deck would not be suitable for throwing lavish parties. Think functionally about size when planning your landscape design.
Use hardscaping practically
Ah, what Hamptons home fairytales: walking barefoot upon mossy natural stone or, perhaps, watching guests as they jealously stare at your dazzling, ultra-modern porcelain tile underfoot. Unfortunately, when anticipating high traffic areas, these and other seemingly ideal hardscapes might not be your best options. Concrete pavers like those in Unilock’s product line, offered in a variety of textures, colors, and patterns. Pavers are often slip-resistant, weather-proof, durable, and with Unilock, backed by a lifetime. Paving stones can easily be manufactured to mimic other materials, and with the addition of natural stone to the Unilock product family, you can still have your dream hardscape, after all.
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Check your privacy
Think of your patio as an extension of your home, privy to its own “walls” and “windows.” Just how exposed to the outside world your outdoor space should be is up to you. Want a sense of seclusion? Trees and plants don’t only offer shade, but also provide leafy barriers from neighbors and onlookers. Vines and sturdy foundation plantings are other excellent options which, while having similar potential to create natural walls, can also act as attractive focal points to coax guests into the space. If you choose to integrate plants into your patio design, look into which types of hardscaping will stand up to roots, shifting soil, and irrigation runoff. Again, concrete pavers are an excellent choice because they are resistant to cracking and can safely allow for organic materials to grow around them.
Location is key
Just as you would want your kitchen close to main dining area, a smartly designed patio should be located in proper proximity to the main home. Will you require easy access to the kitchen, or do you envision your patio acting as an extension of the family room? If, instead, your perfect patio is a “getaway” destination, where is the most secluded spot in your yard, and with the best view? Take a walk around your Hamptons property to find the right location. For the perfect Long Island patio design, read this related article.
LAY THE GROUNDWORK, THEN BUILD
Just imagine: a breezy summer night filled with fireflies, clinking glasses, and hearty laughter. With these tips on planning the perfect patio for your Hamptons, NY home, combined with the help of a qualified landscape contractor, you’ll be enjoying your new outdoor space in no time!
Contact a Unilock Authorized Contractor for a free estimate today and be sure to ask about the possibilities of 3D Design software for your project.