Constructing a patio garden is an immensely gratifying endeavor, promising delightful results that will bring a smile to your face every time you step out to unwind. Nonetheless, for it to endure the test of time, there are crucial aspects to think about while meticulously laying out the plans for your patio.

Getting these basic ideas right will define how well the design will work for your home and its efficiency. The concepts address the patio’s aesthetics and functionality, ensuring that both blend correctly. The perfect design depends on personal preference because different designs look good to different people. However, these basic concepts underlie any good design, regardless of preference. 

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Drainage and Access

The drainage system is one of the most important components of a patio because it keeps the patio dry and clear of standing water. The drainage system also contributes to preventing bug infestations brought on by standing water. The water will usually collect after rainfall or after washing the patio.

The first choice is the trench, linear, or channel drain. These are the easiest to install and also very effective. The second is the French drain, which uses perforated pipes to collect and redirect water. The third is the stack drain which allows the water to seep into the ground slowly. The stack drain is the only option that is easy to install in an already-built patio. 


The furniture you put in your patio garden greatly impacts how good the patio garden looks and feels. Your taste and budget are only two of the many aspects that will affect the furniture you select. You will need to consider the cushions that go on the furniture at the same time. The cushions will add special aesthetics to the design of the furniture. They also make the patio look better by adding a pop of color and personality to the furniture.

When choosing the furniture and the cushions, you must consider cleaning and maintenance. Cleaning and maintenance will also depend on the weather in your area. If the area constantly receives rainfall, you may need waterproof items or something to cover your furniture in the rain. 


The doors you choose for the patio will define how the patio blends with your home. They also play a big role in expressing your style and personality. You can choose one of the most efficient designs impacting functionality, affordability, and style. Sliding doors are a great choice due to their ability to fill the house with light while maintaining some key aesthetics for your patio.

You could also choose French doors, which have a more vintage feel. They are also customizable to fit into modern home designs and are among the most popular patio door options. Another excellent design option for your doors is the bi-fold doors. These are probably the most unique options available, and they are gaining much ground with younger homeowners. 

Customized Options

There are popular designs that are simple to carry out when choosing the sort of patio to construct. However, if you want something wholly original, you can go for custom designs. You want a deck design that will complement your existing home’s style and make it even better. When you get the right company to work with, you can get your deck uniquely designed and your yard. An excellent yard design will enhance the patio and the house aesthetically and functionally.


Your patio garden is the key outdoor living space, and getting it right ensures a reliable space to create memories with your family. To get it right, you must ensure the drainage works correctly. Having the right furniture to match your personality and home design would be best. The doors will also play a crucial role in ensuring bringing everything together. All these can fall together when you get a customized design to enhance your entire home and yard.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.