Creating the perfect patio takes planning. It’s important to think through any project before breaking ground because beyond the enjoyment aspect, patios serve an additional purpose: enhancing the appearance of your home and property and increasing its value. Planning these exterior spaces demands the same careful consideration given to interior projects.


Establishing the use of your patio will help you determine its size and its proximity to your home. If the sole purpose of your new patio will be entertaining, it should be located near the kitchen and large enough to hold a dining table and lounge chairs, etc. If you are envisioning one intended more for solitude and relaxation, the proposed patio can be smaller and more secluded. Take a close look at your landscape and choose a site that will take full advantage of any views and receives the preferred amount of sunlight or shade. The patio should be proportional to your house and yard, neither overwhelming them nor getting lost in the shadows.


Choosing the surface is the next step. Your new patio should reflect the style of your home and the surrounding landscape, be tailored to fit your budget and be able to withstand the climate in your area. Popular choices include flagstone, composite decking, Belgian block, cobblestone, gravel, concrete pavers, brick and stamped concrete. Diverse styles and a multitude of colors will give you an infinite number of choices.


For more than 20 years, Whalen Contracting Corp. has focused on providing homeowners with innovative design assistance, superior craftsmanship, personalized service and value for their dollar by working closely with each client to understand their needs and budget.

Remember, once your patio is installed, it will provide you and your family with years of happiness without asking for much in return – except that you go out there and enjoy it!