Size of Patio

DoubleOhHoyaJanuary 31, 2012

Building a higher end custom home in the south. We're really up against it on the budget, so have been trying to cut. Current patio size is about 16' x 20'. We have a built-in grill and sink on one end that take up about 3', reducing the usable space to about 16' x 17'. What do people think about this size? I think I may be able to increase the size for not much, and this obviously isn't something that can be addressed later. We have a large back yard, so plenty of room to expand.

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It depends on how you plan to use the space, but I suspect that if the incremental cost isn't too high you will be happier if you add a few feet. This is particularly true if you want both dining and seating areas. Think of it as a room and draw a furniture plan. Be sure to leave aisle room between the separate areas, enough push back space for dining chairs, and a clear passageway from the door to the backyard.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 8:25PM
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Agree that if you want both dinng and seating you will need a little more space. in addition to the 3' occupied by the grill/ sink you will need about 3' aisle work space. A dining table will take up about 9' minimum and you will want at least about 8' for seating. So you're at 23'. You may get away on going a little shallower to 14', depends on where the doors are and traffic flow.

Our covered patio is 20'x 20', with and additional 8x8' cooking area bump-out. we have a small dining table , sectional sofa, and porch swing, and extra floor space for our son to play.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 8:49PM
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