Great DIY patio ideas
As South Africans, we spend a lot of our time outdoors, so it makes sense to design an outdoor space - a patio - that provides everything we need for spending time in the garden relaxing or entertaining friends and family. In this feature we take a look at great DIY patio ideas and patio designs that are manageable for the DIY-er.
Colourful and fun, this exterior space designed by Vanessa De Vargas takes up minimal space yet provides plenty of space for a small family. The timber gazebo is topped off with slats for a shady spot out of the sun, and an open fireplace provides heat for cool evenings outdoors.
Add colour to a plain patio with bright accessories in a myriad of shades.
LEFT: I love the fibreglass sheeting that tops off this small patio... it also adds colour and sets the mood for fun entertaining.
You will find a selection of affordable materials for roofing a casual patio. Think bamboo and grass and then dress this up with gorgeous fabrics.
BELOW: A quiet retreat to get away from it all, yet housed in an urban property, this outdoor space makes use of a vine-covered trellis and comfortable outdoor furniture. Interior Designer Shell Cardon designed and created his own outdoor space to be low-maintenance and beautiful.
ABOVE and BELOW: Quaint and cosy, a small outdoor space is transformed into a comfortable spot for taking time out by Molly Luetkemeyer of M.Design. Transform a deck with indoor elements such as a colourful rug, table and plants, to extend your living space and make the most of our beautiful climate.
BELOW: Gravel floor and slate-clad walls provide the perfect backdrop for an evening beside the fire pit. In the background, a water feature provides a cooling atmosphere on hot, sunny days.
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Gravel is an inexpensive and easy option for patio flooring. Simply clear away the space, lay down landscape netting (to prevent weeds) and toss down some gravel... voila! Even easier than putting up a timber structure is to set out a shade sail. A quick and simple DIY option for a patio - attach two sides to anchors mounted into one wall and the third side can be mounted to a log pole cemented into the ground.
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ABOVE: A boring courtyard becomes a mediterranean-styled retreat with the addition of a central water featured rimmed with stones, a faux tiled concrete floor and comfortable wicker furniture.
BELOW: This sunken patio is an extension of the house and is constructed entirely of concrete. Adding comfort to concrete seating slabs, colourful cushions add personality and style.
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ABOVE and BELOW: What could be easier than adding a custom gazebo to create the most beautiful outdoor area. This design by Jeneration Interiors is placed poolside for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors during the summer months.
ABOVE and BELOW: For the more modern home there are plenty of option to consider for outdoor entertaining. A covered patio allows you to extend indoor living spaces outdoors. I love the way that the patio above has been screened off with grasses and plants to create a hidden haven.
Who wouldn't enjoy relaxing in a day bed on a hot summer's day. A cool glass of wine and a refreshing dip are just what the doctor ordered! Click here for instructions on how to make your own 4-poster garden bed.
ABOVE and BELOW: A simple timber structure and natural materials are essentially all that you need to create a small patio. Whilst a pergola or roof that is attached to existing walls requires planning permission, a freestanding structure that does not encroach on boundary lines is permissable, but do check with your local municipality before undertaking any building work. You will find all the supplies you need for this type of project at your local Builders Warehouse.
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