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During warm weather, people love to spend more time outdoors, and sometimes the line between what is "indoors" and what is "outdoors" can be made to disappear by creating an outdoor living space that is an inviting extension of your home.

Just as you would create a particular mood or style inside your home, you can create a distinctive atmosphere in any outdoor space:


Study the space you have to work with. Take note of it's features. Decide what you would like to highlight and what you may want to disguise. Consider how you would like the space to be used. For example, if you like cooking outdoors, you may want to consider a built-in grill and a comfortable seating area for dining. Then look for design inspiration in magazines, specialty stores, and show rooms.

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Pay attention to where the sun shines in your patio area. If you would like to have flower gardens, or a small patch of grass, plan to have them in the areas that receive consistent amounts of sunlight. When planning for a fence, remember to plan the fence height and location so that it doesn't interfere with your garden plans.

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The choice of materials for your patio is based on personal taste. Brick is classic option that is durable, easy to install and available in many colors. Patio pavers are inexpensive option and are easy to install. They are available in many shapes and sizes and are long lasting and durable.

Flagstone is nice option for a natural look, and comes in many shapes and colors. Installation of pre-cut standard sized flagstones is relatively easy. Random sized flagstones, however, would requires an installer who is experienced at fitting and installing stones of varying sizes and widths.

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A fountain, waterfall, or small pond can add an exotic feel to your patio area. The soothing sound of the running water not only creates a relaxing atmosphere, but it can also help to drown outside noises. This is especially helpful in urban areas or for home that have close neighbors.