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long and narrow patio

melinaalysonJanuary 4, 2013
We have a long and narrow patio. I would like to create separate areas for dining, seating, bbqing. Any suggestions? We also are looking for an easy and cost friendly way to cover our trashcans and ac unit. Pre assembled or easy to put together is a must. Thank you!
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1 Like    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:49AM
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claudiann
Do you also use this space as a driveway for cars? Is the patio the area to the right of the garage doors or is this whole concrete area going to be used as the patio? If it is just the right area I would put hard scape where the planting area is to maximize every inch. Be careful that it drains away from the house. Then I would consider function. I would want the dining area closest to the kitchen and the BBQ should be far enough to not smoke out the dining or seating area. You could use potted plants as dividers and lattice screens. Again if I knew which space you are referring to it would help.
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melinaalyson
Thanks! We do not use the driveway for cars. The entire concrete will be used for the patio area. It is a long stretch of driveway that is closed off with a large gate from the street.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 3:42PM
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claudiann
I might paint the garage door gray. Hang a pretty wreath or artwork on the white door. Stain the concrete area closest to the garage...it looks sort of semicircular. If you are really creative you could paint a faux rug and seal it.I would put a circular table with an umbrella in the middle of this area. My ac guy says to keep the area around it clear for proper air flow. I had some flowers planted around mine and he even said to get rid of those. I would put a huge pot of something pretty next to the small door going into the garage. If you could I would keep the cans and BBQ when not in use in the garage. Then I would put a couple of chairs in two places at angles facing the table with small tables between them for drinks. Between the chair groupings put pots of plants. It looks as if you have children. On the rest of the concrete paint a hopscotch, four square grid, and maybe lines for a little road around those. If you can't use the garage I would buy a screen from a garden store and put it around an area next to the house.
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