Deena Imani. patio. August 02nd , 2017.
In a perfect world, your patio and your driveway would always look smooth, shiny, and attractive. Basically, they would remain a visual treat. However, since this is not a perfect world, you're more often forced to concede the fact that moss, lichen, or stains are going to get there faster before you blink. (Okay, not that quick, but quick enough.) And there go your gorgeous pavers - they now look a sorry state.
If you have a tiered patio, where there is a sitting space, then a small set of steps leading to the garden, the walls around the sitting space, can be fitted over with wooden planks and beams to impart a rustic feel. Redwood or aged bark siding can be used and this compliments the furniture and flooring used. In fact, you can keep a normal or regular tiled flooring but with the right wall siding material, the patio will still be rustic in essence. If not wood, then try for brick or embedded flagstone or sandstone walls. If you want to avoid siding, then color-wash your walls to obtain a stone and aged look.
Teak: Teak on the other hand, is a great hardwood to use because it is extremely strong, heavy, and impervious to rot, termites, and mildew. However, it is comparatively more expensive than cedar, because it needs to be imported into the U.S. If you're looking for an inexpensive material and for short-term use, you may want to opt for chairs made of pine or recycled plastic.
If you want to do something out-of-the-box and unconventional, then this idea is perfect for you. Instead of getting something added to your patio door window, you can simply get stained glass windows. There are sure to be a lot of glass outlets where you can get beautiful stained glass, preferably in dark colors, to keep the sun's blazing light at bay. It will give your home a traditional look and feel. If you can't find stained glass, and if you're adept at glass painting, take it up as a project and paint some fantastic designs on the glass yourself. If not even that, you can surely find an artist, a family member or a friend to do the painting.
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