Patio sizes: Just how big should a patio be?

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Just how big should a patio be? It might sound like a strange question, the answer to which you might assume would be linked to the size of your garden.

However, when it comes to getting the size of your patio ideas right, there is more to consider than most people might think. Patios can offer all kinds of things, from somewhere to dine al fresco when we are graced with a little warmer weather, to a spot on which to lounge and catch some rays. Those that are placed directly in front of sliding or bifold doors can act as an extension of internal spaces when the doors are flung open, while others can become platforms for other essential garden features such as hot tubs and outdoor kitchens.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.