How to Plan the Size of Your New Deck or Patio

Give Yourself Room to Move

When you’re looking at the blank canvas of your empty yard and planning your landscaping project, one of the first things you’ll probably consider is a deck or patio.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself that you don’t want to take up too much of the yard, and you’re only going to sit out there to eat, right?   Well, before you get out the measuring tape, consider the following:

  • Your deck will form one of the most important areas in your yard and you’ll probably spend a great deal of time sitting there.  After all, the business of eating is central to how we relax and socialize.
  • When people are sitting in the chairs you want to make sure that other people can move freely round them, leaving all areas of the deck open and accessible.
  • A crowded, cluttered deck is not relaxing or soothing.
  • If you build a deck that is too small it’s expensive and unsatisfactory to try and expand it later.

So, when you’re planning a deck or patio, start by thinking about the main pieces you’ll have on it…

Firstly, measure your patio set – with the chairs pulled out.  You want to make sure that people can move around the table when others are seated, and also that it is easy to stand up and move away from your seat without falling off the patio or bumping into the deck railing.

Secondly consider the barbecue area.  The cook needs to be able to work and serve people without tripping over everyone’s feet.

Then think about anything else you may want to put on your deck – large planters, recliners etc.  Make sure you have room for them without crowding the place.

It really is worth taking the time to measure, and to practice moving around your intended space.  When you’re relaxing on your beautiful, spacious deck you’ll be glad you made the effort to get it right!

At Greentree Landscapes this is the kind of detail we understand.  We’ve helped countless clients avoid frustrating, expensive mistakes by providing the guidance and expertise to plan the perfect yard … for now and for years to come.  Call Tarance on 403-279-9791 or email to chat about your dreams for your little slice of heaven outdoors.


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