Party tips for your casual patio, pool and spa

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bullfrog1Time with your friends and family in your backyard, eating wonderful grilled food is always time well spent. How can you best prepare your backyard to make the most of your patio party.  Here are a few tips to help.

Organize

Your preparation may not be fun, but it will make the most of your time and budget. A well organized party will go more smoothly.  Create a checklist of food, decor, games, invitations, and the like.
  • Clean the clutter.
  • How does the outside look?  Cut the grass, clean the pool or hot tub.
  • Do you have enough seating? Get some inexpensive patio furniture for overflow.
  • Be sure to provide non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Remember to prepare as much as possible before the party it will make a more relaxing event for you.
  • Ask a friend to lend you some small side tables, they always come in handy.

Make Your Patio the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

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Extend your home's beauty and functionality by making your patio an additional living space.  Below are a few tips that, combined, will be a sure fire way to take your patio from drab to fab.

First things first, decide the functionality of your space.  Will your patio be for beautiful summer evening dinner parties with family and friends? Will your dining be followed with relaxing by the fire? Is that fire focal point a fireplace or a group of chairs resting casually around a fire pit?  What type of lighting do you envision? Tall freestanding oil torches?  Strands of classic party lights? Candle lanterns?

That covers the evening entertainment but what happens during the day?  Do you want a shaded retreat?  How about a comfy spot to sit in the sun?  Maybe both.  Music might be something to think about too.

As you can see a lot of thought goes into basic functionality.  Once you decide the use of the space its time to carve out those different areas.

Furniture, plants and lighting can all be used to create borders between spaces

Think atmosphere: fun, classic, indoor decor spilling out

Make it comfortable and inviting with rugs, fabrics, and pillows

Consider a soothing fountain to promote relaxation

Last, but certaintly not least, choose a hot tub area. Nordic Hot Tubs are perfect for fun parties and relaxing moments!

Backyard Patio Planning Tips

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Backyard-BBQ-grillingPurpose

Location

Size & Shape

Colors


These are the main items to consider when you are planning your new backyard.

Whether you are planning a quick make-over or a complete overhaul, planning for your next patio should cover specifics in order to make it last and be successful.

To make it beautiful and functional, ask, What is the purpose of the new patio?"  Will you have large gatherings of people, or will you use it as a small intimate getaway?

Where do you want its location?  Often patios are located near the kitchen.  This is important if you plan on using your patio for parties.  If you want to make your patio a secluded getaway, you may want it to be in a secluded area of your backyard.  Survey your land and look at the locations in terms of line-of-site, easy access, location to the neighbors and existing landscaping.

Usually people size the new patio with not enough space.  For example, if your patio id going to be used by 4 people with a grill in the middle  You should construct the patio with a 15 foot diameter.  Once you determine the size, add another couple of feet.  The shape of the patio will also help size the site.

You can categorize the shape into: 1) Symmetrical, 2) Asymmetrical, 3) Curvy.  Symmetrical is either a circle, a square or rectangle.  These are the simplest to construct.  Asymmetrical may increase the cost and complexity, but it may fit your space and needs.  A Curvy patio is trendy and give you an "interesting" look, but expect to pay more.

Now you want to determine the colors of the patio.  Colors will come from building material and any landscaping (i.e. plants) you use in the patio's final form.

When considering all of these factors, be sure you understand the maintenance costs.  The more complex, the more maintenance costs.

In any event, planning a new patio is fun and is guaranteed to bring more value to your home and improved quality time with your family and friends.

Casual Patios, Pools and Spas can help you answer questions, review your designs, and build your next beautiful backyard.


Clean your patio environmentally & pet safe

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How to clean your deck or patio with vinegar and baking soda, fast and easy, environmentaliy safe and friendly, with no harsh chemicals, pet and plant friendly.

Another way - bleach and a power washer.


Houston Patio Contractor

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Your next Houston patio contractor is Casual Patio.

The smallest gotcha can ruin hours of patio construction if you choose a contractor poorly.  Problem patio can be unsightly and subject to uneven settling and draining.  These can even affect your home's foundation.  That's why choosing the right contractor is important.  Casual Patio has expert contractors that handle your paver installation on your patio.
Asking the right questions can help to ensure a successful installation. 

A professional custom patio contractor will:
  • Be sure your patio has a slight bank to drain water
  • They will compact the soil before laying any materials
  • Continue to compact each layer
  • Add a geo-fabric layer between the sub-surface and the crushed stone layer
  • Use a layer of sand to top off the foundation
  • Install edging which will keep the pavers in place
  • Use joint sand to fill in the spaces between pavers
When patio pavers are in place by a professional - it looks simple.  But a good job requires planning, attention to detail and an expert eye.  Choose Casual Patio to create you new backyard.

Custom Patio - Brick & Paver Maintenance

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High-Pressure-Cleaning-patioPatio Paver & Brick Maintenance

Check for stains every three months. You grill can spill fats and drinks can cause difficult stains.  If left to penetrate the top surface, you may not be able to remove them.  Use a hose and some soapy water to remove them.

Check for loose bricks; they can becom a tripping hazard.  You can replace them by lifting them out and relaying them easily. Larger areas of loose slabs are best repaired by a professional - give us a call to help.

Keep your patio swept and thoroughly clean it every three months

Removing Weeds From the Gaps

Most patios paved with bricks will grow weeds in the spaces between.  Use a jet washer and blow them out then follow up with a treatment of weed killer.

Removing Mold and Algae from your patio

Black mold and green algae not only discolor patios, but it also makes it slippery when wet.

The quickest way of cleaning a patio is to use a power washer. Using a power washer with detergent works best.

When cleaning a patio, make sure you use safety clothing such as goggles and gloves.

After power washing, be sure to resand and fill in the gaps between the bricks or slab. Sprinkle ordinary sand over the surface then brush it into the gaps. The sand will not only make your patio look much neater, but also cover the weed killer and help suppress further growth.

Hiring a Custom Patio Professional

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Houston-Man-Cooking-Meat-On-A-Gas-BBQFinding a reliable professional to build and install a custom patio is critical to ensure years of enjoyment in your Houston area backyard.

Be sure to consult the web, friends and neighbors satisfied with their patio.

A professional will give you advice to things you haven't thought of.  For example, they can help you consider, the architecture of your house, the location of doors and windows and what to watch out for.  ...don't put your patio near the air conditioner outside your home.

Don't necessarily choose the lowest price. Remember, as with most purchases, you get what you pay for.

Be sure to ask for references before you hire your patio builder. Find someone who understands what you want and communicates well.

Here are some questions to ask:
  • When can you start?
  • When will you be finished?
  • Are you going to work everyday?
  • How much will it cost per square foot?
  • What time will you quit for the day?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance?
  • How many projects like this have you completed in the past year?
  • May I have a list of references from those projects?
  • What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business?

This is our business, please call for an appointment so we can beautify your home with a new patio.

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