05/13/2015 | Debra Akins So good to share...Pinterest0Facebook0Google+0TwitterLinkedinAccording to Angie Hicks of Angie’s List, when designing patios the most vital part that homeowners and contractors should focus on is the subgrade even though this part is not visible. The foundation should be built properly by compacting. It should also be angling away from the property so in case of rain, your patio will not accommodate pools of water. These are the most crucial parts and will make your investment lasts. As soon as the solid foundation has been established, the style and the look can be planned utilizing various ideas. One of the characters of a good designer Is utilizing materials that will follow the theme of the entire property as well as the neighborhood. Angie also expressed how more and more families prefer to spend time with their friends in the patio while enjoying a great meal or conversation and it could be one of your best investments. The thought of a patio might come out as an expensive project but what people don’t realize is that they could get a patio while staying on the budget. There are various economical materials that could be used instead such as brick, crushed stones or concrete. In a statement by Randy Sorrell who is a landscape architect, as soon as you decide to plan for the patio then you should keep an open mind regarding the materials to be used. If you hired a good designer then surely tips will be provided regarding the best surface to use according to the house’s look. A patio is never complete without the shade so people will be protected during hot, sunny days. The best option is to use large trees and pergolas or if you are on a budget then you could opt for another alternative. Remember a dream home is not complete without the perfect outdoor living space that will satisfy your taste. When deciding on what designs to use, remember to dream big and apply everything you want from the furniture, the shade areas and the landscape. To make sure everything is done properly then support should be provided in every area.