Summer is right around the corner here in Maryland and that means a few things, longer days, kids on vacation, and endless hours enjoying the great outdoors. If you’ve recently added a patio to your home, or you’ve just never given it the love and attention it deserves, we’ve got some ideas for you to help your patio live up to its potential. Let’s look at some simple ways you can make your patio more functional for summer get togethers or family cookouts.
One of the most important aspects of a summer cookout is the grill! Having a dedicated grilling space on your patio can make cooking in the summer a breeze. If you aren’t in the market for a full built in grilling station, there are things you can do to make grilling easier. First, a good quality grill is important. If you plan on grilling out a lot, or grilling for a lot of people, you’ll need a grill that can handle it. Likewise, a food prep area would be a major bonus, saving you time and frustration. If you are looking, on the other hand, to revamp your patio, or add one if you don’t have one, adding a designated grilling area with a countertop (and even a sink!) can make outdoor grilling a breeze.
An awning or large umbrella is also an important, yet sometimes overlooked, part of any good patio in Maryland. Summers in Maryland can get pretty hot, and if you want to enjoy your patio during the daylight hours, you’ll probably want some shade. Awnings can be added onto the side of your home and can stretch out over your patio for a more permanent solution, or if you’d like like a little bit of shade on only the hottest days, a large umbrella may work for you just fine.
After an evening of grilling and eating with friends, having adequate seating for you and all your guests is a must. Patio furniture has come a long way, it’s not just wooden reclining beach chairs anymore. There are endless options for your patio, including all-weather couches, dining furniture, hammocks, anything you could want or imagine.
And finally arguably one of the best additions to a patio is a fire pit. Whether you want a free standing, portable fire pit, or a large built-in fire pit, you can’t go wrong. Adding a fire pit to your patio can allow you to enjoy your outside space from spring well into fall, providing warmth, a gathering place, and a place to roast s’mores of course!
At Fireside Stone and Patio we are experts in our field, and we work hard to provide homeowners with patios they love. If you are in the market for a Maryland patio builder, we’d love to speak to you about what you have in mind!