Add a new patio to your backyard in 2023

Bedford NH landscape designer Nest Outdoors explains why you should add a patio to your backyard in 2023

It's hard to believe, but the new year is here! It's a time of renewal, a chance to start fresh and make positive changes. What better way to make 2023 the best it can be than to have a new patio designed and installed for your backyard.

We find patios one of the most influential landscape features to get you outside more. It's why our landscape designs focus on patios as part of a complete outdoor living project. It's the best way we know of to help you incorporate fresh air, sunshine, social connection, and fun into your weekly routine. Not to mention that we get to build a lot of cool stuff like firepits, outdoor kitchens, and swim spas with our patio projects!). 

To help you expand great home living experiences to your backyard, we offer the following reasons to add a patio to your backyard in 2023.

Key takeaways from this landscape design article from Nest Outdoors:

  1. A patio can be a great place for entertaining and strengthening social connections.
  2. A patio can expand the living space of a home and provide a place for leisure and recreation.
  3. A patio can be a peaceful retreat for relaxation and time in nature.
  4. A patio can make a backyard more functional by creating flat, organized spaces for outdoor activities.
  5. A patio can increase the value of your home by enhancing its outdoor living space and appeal to potential buyers.

A reason to entertain more 

If there is one thing we all could use after the past few years is a stronger connection to the people who are essential in our lives. 2023 can be the year of strengthening family bonds, rekindling friendships, and reestablishing or creating new traditions. A patio can be the catalyst for all those ambitions. 

It's the perfect reason to host gatherings allowing you to entertain more often. When you have a beautifully designed patio that can include elements like an outdoor kitchen, stone walls, and native plantings, you look for reasons to utilize it. We design patios that are primarily enjoyed by the immediate family, but they soon become central locations for frequent gatherings and sharing good times with friends, co-workers, and grandkids. 

A new patio is surefire way to entertain more and transform a bland backyard into a functional, beautiful outdoor living space. 

Expands your daily living space

Most backyards have untapped potential that, when activated through our landscape design process, can significantly increase the usable square footage of your property.  

A patio expands your living space by providing an additional outdoor area that can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be furnished with comfortable seating and tables for daily dining and activities such as reading and playing games (when's the last time you played Othello?), providing an enjoyable outdoor space for leisure and recreation. It can't be overstated how your everyday living experience can be improved by expanding your living space to your backyard. It's time to take advantage of your outdoor spaces and make them a consistent part of how you live on your property.  

Add a place to relax and unwind

Our phones are not the only things that need recharging; humans do too. 

A patio can be a secluded space between larger gatherings, away from distractions, making it an ideal place to slow down and recharge daily.

It's a great place to unwind after a long day, providing a peaceful retreat from the stresses of daily life. Because so much of our time is spent indoors, having a special place like a patio for consistent contact with nature, away from screens, can positively affect your daily life. 

Spending more time outside can promote physical and emotional well-being and aid in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. 

The real benefit behind the patios we build is that it improves the lives of the people we build them for.

Wayne Lamarre - Owner Nest Outdoors

Makes your backyard more functional

If your backyard doesn't function well for your needs, it can be difficult to make the most of it. There are many reasons a backyard might not function well, such as drainage issues, uneven or sloping grades, or a poorly designed layout. These issues can make it challenging or impossible to use your backyard for the outdoor activities you enjoy. 

The design of a patio can facilitate the creation of flat, well-organized spaces for various outdoor activities. It can connect to adjacent recreational areas like an open, level lawn or a new swimming pool, extending the functionality and fun of your backyard. 

Increase the value of your home

We think of increasing the value of your home in two ways. One would be resale value, as landscape design is a proven method to make your home more appealing to potential buyers in the open market. But the second, and far more important, is to make your home a happier place for you and your family. Most of our clients are in a home they love and want to make it even more lovable by bringing the backyard up to the comfort and quality of the architecture and interior of the house. An outdoor space with a patio is one of the highest return on investment home projects based on multiple forms of measurement.   

"A beautifully designed patio will surely increase the value of your home. It raises the real and perceived quality of the property as outdoor living continues to become more important..."

Doreen Lindof - Team Member, NH Homes Group

Realtor, Coldwell Banker Realty Bedford NH

It's always a great time to add a patio to your backyard, but 2023 may be extra great. It has never been more apparent that our homes are the center of our lives. It's the place where we can craft our environment to support the healthiest, happiest, and best version of ourselves and our families. It's why our mission at Nest Outdoors is to design and build beautiful landscape projects that get you outdoors and expand great home-living experiences to your backyard.


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What is an ideal size for a patio:

The typical patio we design is in the range of 360 Square Feet. 

What size patio is right for me?

This depends on the number of people who will use it regularly, how you intend to use the space (want a table vs just chairs, additional firepit, outdoor kitchen or other features), the size of your backyard, and your overall budget.  

What are typical materials used for a patio in New Hampshire?

We typically use Bluestone, a clay or concrete paver or granite for patios in New Hampshire. It depends on your personal preferences and the context of the property, among a few other factors. 

Can you use porcelain as a patio surface?

Yes, you can. In fact, porcelain is becoming more popular for patios in New Hampshire. It is a consistent product with a high reflectivity rating and can be cooler on the feet in direct sunlight.  

Why does Nest Outdoors love designing and building patios? 

Because they are the centerpiece of seamless indoor/outdoor living! We love creating environments where families and friends gather to enjoy life and create great memories! 


Bedford landscape designer Nest Outdoors

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