With summer just about here you may have been planning to build a new patio. You might need a permit to build your new patio, depending on where you live and what your plans are. If you happen to need a permit you need to apply a few week ahead of time.

Think about what shape the patio is going to be. Patios can be built in many shapes like square, oval, rectangle, or a couple of these shapes togeather. Another consideration should be the size that you want your new patio to be. When you are thinking about the size of your patio you should consider what size would blend well with your home.

Start by putting everything on paper. Graph paper is the best to use for this task. Once this is finished you may want to make an outline of where your patio is going to be on your lawn by ding this it gives you an ides of what it will look like in the end.

Next thing that need to be done is you need to decide what the patio is going to be made of. Talk this decision over with the people at the hardware store or with your contractor, they have a good idea about what ages and lasts the longest.

Some people like to have a patio cover to shade them from sun or to keep the rain off of them. This can be done over half of the patio or over the whole thing. Each way has pros and cons but it is a good idea to have your patio covered.

When you have made all of the decisions you need to hire a contractor. Be choosey in what one you do pick because you will be living with your new patio for years to come.

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