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Our new patio

Kimi O'DonnellFebruary 1, 2013
Love the patio, but there is no shade, need ideas on seating groupings, shady and privacy suggestions.
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decoenthusiaste
A pergola would be perfect for your space. Search the box above under Photos for ideas.
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Kevin Twitty- IBB Designer
I would love to see a table and chair set with a great umbrella. It's going to help soften the wood from your home and the stone from the patio:

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2 Likes    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:04PM
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Darzy
What direction does the back side of the house face? Do you get evening shade as the sun sets?
    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 9:39PM
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Mike
Get some landscaping, an umbrella table and chairs, and keep the fire pit area open for summer evening fires. Even a strategically placed tree would give you shade but keep things open for camp fires. Decide on a tree based upon the size of it in 20 years.
    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:05PM
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Galleria Place
A very nice table set would do wonders! http://www.bargainbacker.com/Outdoor-Furniture_c_346.html
    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:18PM
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Darzy
Speaking from experience. For 10 years we had umbrellas with the tables. Then, we switched to offset umbrellas for a couple years. Then, we bought portable gazebos and used for a couple of years. But, the umbrellas, tables, gazebos had to be moved around to "follow" the shade for sitting. So, that is why I ask how the sun sets? We eventually had a patio cover installed so we only get morning sun on the patio and eliminated umbrellas, gazebo and "outdoor furniture". So now, the afternoon is always shady and protects the furniture/us from weather. But, we are in California and the weather is pretty good for 8 months of the year and our house faces west, so the back only got morning/afternoon sun. But, if the sun sets on this side of your home a patio cover may not work for shade/protection. Things to consider...
3 Likes    Bookmark   February 1, 2013 at 10:27PM
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Sigrid
Get a table and umbrella. Make sure the umbrella is big and can bend (ie the pole bends so you can move the umbrella to shade evening sun. You may want a small railing if you put your table near the edge (likely), so if someone tips his chair back, he doesn't go over. You should put a tree near the steps. I like lilacs, but depending on how much shade you need, and your budget, you might want to go for something that grows fast. But, of course, depending on the exposure, that might not provide the shade you want.

I'd put a border to soften your stone platform. Something easy and tall, like Perovskia (Russian sage), might do.

You aren't going to get really good advice without a discussion of your zone, the direction your house faces and your maintenance level. The best way to find plants is to stroll around your neighborhood and talk to neighbors with plants you admire. Most gardeners are happy to talk to you if you express admiration for their garden. Pay attention to what blooms when. A lilac will look pretty average when not blooming.

Unless you need it for access, I'd plant up the small area between patio and fence on the left.
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Sweet Caroline Garden Design
It appears that the perfect place for an arbor/pergola is on the left side . A decorative screen could be incorporated into it to give you privacy and a flowering vine planted to climb over it would be attractive. Plant shade trees in the area that will block the sun when they are mature . I think that a built in bench for extra seating around the perimeter of the deck would give it a more finished look .
1 Like    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Dar Eckert
Plant a tree on the west side of the patio for one. Looks like you need a railing for safety so add railing with some screening . Keep it low on the left side. Create an outdoor room with covered patio on right and privacy screen. Check out privacy screens in Houzz photos for more ideas
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1 Like    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 6:17AM
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2 Likes    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 7:24PM
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designgirl178
You could add a small shade tree to the side of the patio where you would like to spend the most time. This will take years however to grow substantially for shade. A pergola might work but it will take the focus from your bay window. I would stick with an umbrella and seating for now, until your tree matures. Also could add some arborvitae shrubs to the sunny side to shade but these need replacing every ten or so years due to splitting issues. Pine trees would also do. I would add softer shrubs on the other sides for privacy such as hydrangeas or other flowering shrubs for your area. Good luck.
    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 7:50PM
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Rick Carter
Hire a local Landscape designer, the right trees in the right place would be a good start, adding some native plants in the yard around the deck should cool down the area both vusually and physically. Add several stone planters loaded with colorful annuals. Someone already mentioned a pergola, it will fit nicely with your paversand add seating under the Pergola for those desiring shade. Place some lounge chairs near the edges of the deck. Places benches around several edges with a stand alone water feature such as an Aquascape basin fountain close to them.
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    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 5:58AM
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Interiors International, Inc.
A combination of some of the ideas above would really add to the look. I do not care for just one alone.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 6:04AM
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Dar Eckert
I didn't notice the sidewalk from the patio before. Where does that lead?
    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 4:39AM
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Kimi O'Donnell
@ Darzy - we get no shade in the Summer. As for trees - our HOA committee will not allow anything over 20 ft. @ Dar Eckert - the path goes to our parking pad/garage. Thanks for all the ideas.
    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Oxford Garden
A dining set would be great to the right and some comfortable deep seated chairs or similar would be a nice touch around the fire pit.
    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 1:19PM
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3DCGI
Hi Kimi - We were thinking that a white pergola would look great over this area. We also think that some conifers in pots at the end of the patio would add some privacy. We put together this quick 3D image as a possibility of what could be done - Let me know what you think !
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The Before...
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The After
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3DCGI
and another similar option being less dense and allowing more light through...
    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 7:22PM
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