Ideas for small backyard patios are endless! Don't be discouraged if your backyard is tiny and you think it cannot accommodate a hard surface seating area. A patio can be constructed in a corner with ease. Just think about how nice it would be to escape to an outdoor oasis in your own backyard.
Some things to consider when deciding where to locate your patio is what you are going to use the space for. Take note of where the sun is during the day. You don't want to be seated directly in the sun if you prefer to be enjoying the shade. If you patio is located under trees or large shrubbery to enjoy that shade just be aware that there will be more upkeep as you will need to clear debris from the patio regularly.
Patios can be constructed from flagstone, pavers, even loose material such as pea gravel. It really depends on the look you want to achieve. Flagstone laid on sand produces a country look. It is a very hard and durable surface and is naturally slip resistant which makes it a good choice for outdoor installations. Pea gravel is easy to install and is great to create a cozy sitting area. It is a little harder to walk around on so if your intent is to use the patio for entertaining, it would be wise to put in a static hard surface patio. Pavers are very versatile as you can create many shapes and patterns with them. They also come in a variety of colours.
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