Updated: 10:17 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 | Posted: 6:16 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012
By Jacqui Boyle
THE TEN TIPS TO IMPROVE PATIO:
1 Clean and seal your patio. You can get sealers in a semigloss or high-gloss finish. This project may cost under $100.
2 Improve the landscaping around your patio. Plant flower beds and shrubbery, and add mulch, to separate the grass from the patio area. This project will make the patio feel larger, and will give texture and definition to the patio and lawn. This project may cost under $100.
3 Add colorful wind chimes to your patio for about $200.
4 Purchase large hanging baskets for your patio. These items are “a big fad” now, said Darren Hoelle, owner of Hoelle Construction in Hamilton. Buying four to six of these baskets should cost about $200.
5 Build a water fountain. Buy a water garden with a small pump, and add rocks, pebbles and wood. This project may cost about $500.
6 Build a fire pit. This is an inexpensive way to add character to your patio and to enjoy time outside throughout the year. A fire pit can be built using flagstone, boulders, brick or block for less than $500.
7 Build concrete seat walls. A series of cast concrete steps and low retaining walls designed at seat height provide both an appealing design and seating areas. This project may cost less than $500.
8 Illuminate your patio with outdoor solar lighting. This will add “personality and ambiance” to your outdoor area, said Dino Laventzis, owner of DHI Builders (Designer Homes Ind) in Springfield. This project may cost about $700.
9 Create a grill island for entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet dinner. A grill island is a stationary structure that provides space for a gas grill and counters. This project may cost $1,000 and up.
10 Build an open trellis roof to provide shade for your patio. This project may cost about $2,000.
• Victor Rooney, sales representative, Greater Dayton Building & Remodeling, Dayton
• Dino Laventzis, owner, Designer Homes Ind Builders, Springfield
• Kent Sherry, executive director, Building Industry Association of Clark County, Springfield
• John Adams, president and owner, Vogue Home Renovations, Middletown
• Darren Hoelle, owner, Hoelle Construction, Hamilton