Considerations When Choosing A Patio Builder

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Most people presume that patios are DIY projects. However, this is never the case. Given that the patio is a significant installation on your landscape, you need it built to the highest possible standard. Patio builders will handle all aspects of the patio construction work. The professional secures the required permits, puts together the design and builds the patio. Read this article for some interesting tips on choosing a patio builder. 

Licencing And Insurance 

Your patio builder must have a valid licence to build patios in your locality. It enables them to secure permits for the construction work. On the other hand, insurance coverage protects you from liability if one of the builder's employees suffers injuries while working at your site. Additionally, it offers compensation for poor quality work or if the builder accidentally damages your neighbour's property when working on the patio. 

Ability To Customise The Patio

The patio must be appealing and functional. Ideally, the builder should assess your budget, development regulations and the architectural style of your home to determine a suitable patio design. More often than not, the builder should present several designs and ask you to choose one. Consider the following when choosing a patio design: 

  • Assess the patio size. Ideally, it should be large enough to accommodate your family members. However, it should not occupy a significant area in your landscape. Remember, you might need to use the space to build other installations.
  • The patio design must complement the architectural appeal of your home. You do not want two contrasting buildings in your home.
  • Think about your needs when examining the patio's functionality. For example, do you intend to build a fire pit inside the patio? In this case, the patio must be spacious, open and have a high roof. If you intend to hold night meetings inside the patio, it must have adequate lighting.
  • Examine the build quality of the patio. For example, what materials does the builder use? They should use high-quality materials to ensure the patio lasts a lifetime. For instance, they could go for pressure-treated wood and galvanised metal. 


Check the patio builder's terms and conditions to establish whether they offer warranties on their work. A warranty affords you free repairs from the patio builder. Some patio builders conduct mandatory follow-ups on their work. Their primary interest is whether the clients are pleased with the installation. In some cases, clients would be interested in making minor changes to improve the functionality of the space.  


7 March 2022

Turning Your Home into Your Workplace

When I decided to become a freelance designer, I decided I would work from home. I was sick and tired of being in an office all day and to be honest, some of my workmates were pretty annoying. However, I did not consider that I might have to make some changes to my home in order to make it suitable. On the first day of my new life working from home, I realised I would need much more natural light, so I had new windows installed. I then realised that I would need a larger work table to work on my cut out designs. In the end, I made hundreds of changes and I learnt an awful lot about home improvement.