Advantages of a Small Patio in Boise, ID

As the old adage goes, the bigger the better--or is it? While the sentiment may be true for some things, our team of experts at Bella Vista Landscape could argue that this may not necessarily be the case when it comes to some elements of landscaping, including when it comes to building a patio. Having an outdoor living space that serves as an extension of your home and entertaining area has the power to bring people together, and we love to see that relationship blossoming between our friends and neighbors here in Boise, ID. While many of our clients love the large, spacious patios we’ve installed over the years as part of our hardscaping services, there’s something truly special about the private, intimate gathering space that can be provided by a small patio. As we move into the lovely spring and summer season here in the Treasure Valley, we know that many people will begin entertaining in their yards and enjoying the beautiful Idaho weather. 

First, how should you determine what size a patio ought to be? 

There are a number of considerations to be made when trying to decide whether a small patio is a good fit for you. Families that entertain a lot of guests and have a larger property tend to choose a patio of approximately 16 ft x 18ft. This size is perfect for more patio furniture like lounge chairs, a love seat, or coffee table, and provides the perfect gathering place for people to mix and mingle throughout a warm summer night. Medium sized patios are typically 12 ft x 14 ft, and are popular among large families as this size comfortably fits a dining table that seats six to eight people. Small patios, on the other hand, are typically either 7 ft x 7 ft or 9 ft x 9 ft, which is the perfect size for a bistro set that seats two or a few comfy chairs for three. 

Next, what scenarios do you see yourself using your patio for?

Will you be using your patio primarily for romantic dinners with your partner? Or, will you and your two best friends spend hours in your yard catching up over drinks? Do you have a teenager who loves quiet time outdoors to enjoy a good book? Having an approximate idea of how your patio will be used can help you decide what patio furniture needs to fit on your patio. If you plan on inviting the couple from down the street to enjoy roasted marshmallows, your patio will need to accommodate a fire pit and enough seating for your guests. If you primarily see your patio as a solo getaway, you may only need space for a comfy chair. One idea is to install a bench-height retaining wall along one edge of your patio. In addition to the aesthetic appeal and functionality of a retaining wall, this can provide an impromptu bench in the event that you have more guests than you planned to accommodate. 

Lastly, does the spot you’ve picked meet your expectations?

If you find yourself dreaming of the privacy and quiet romance of a small and intimate patio, take a chair out to where you plan to install your patio and spend some time soaking in the ambience. If the area is not as private as you would like, consider whether adding decorative screens or strategically placed plants might move your patio in the direction you want to. If you worry about private conversations being overheard, or distracting noise from your neighbors, consider installing a water feature, which can muffle outside noise and create the feeling that you are out in nature. 

Although most clients choose to install a patio right up against their home, keep in mind that this is not the only option for patio placement. If you have cultivated a beautiful garden in the back corner of your property, this could be an excellent location for a small patio that creates a quiet, private space for you and your loved ones. 

Whether a small patio is the right fit for you or not, our team of experts at Bella Vista Landscaping are excited to help you create the yard of your dreams! We take great pride in helping our clients here in Boise design a landscaping plan that matches the vision they have for their property, and we know no satisfaction like a happy client who uses their property like the personal oasis it should be. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (208) 995-3532 today! 


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