Planning to fit out your exteriors is not as easy as it seems. Letting your artist’s soul speak, unearthing the idea of genius on the internet, strolling for hours in DIY and gardening stores, or even collecting advertising magazines to find the desired atmosphere seems to be part of the rather fun occupations of the Sunday. Yes, except that a lot of times it turns out to be more of a hair puller with ideas that are difficult to associate. Regarding the terrace, it is no exception either. If, once well fitted out, it can be a nice extension of your stay with a zen, modern, vegetal feel, or many others, it can also quickly have the elegance… of a Picasso. To guide you a little, in the absence of planning advice that is specific to everyone’s tastes, here are some mistakes that it will be better to avoid when planning your terrace.
Before the action, good preparation!
You are in a hurry to get started, that’s understandable, but as with any successful project, it’s important to prepare well by asking yourself the following essential questions:
- What use are you going to make your patio? Is it for lunch? to bask in it? to receive people? or all three?
- Of what area do you have ? What is its orientation? What is its shape? According to these criteria, not everything can necessarily be considered there.
- What budget ? Yes, being down to earth is necessary because budgeting for a project is essential so as not to give way to the extravagance of our desires and risk burning our wings.
The mistakes to avoid!
Once the project is well done, it is time to project more precisely and concretely on your choices. Avoid making isolated choices, because you like a particular object at the moment. Instead, try to project yourself on the big picture and never lose sight of this common thread. Here are a few faux pas tips to avoid for a well-thought-out layout.
Mistake n ° 1: Opting for garden furniture that is unsuitable for the volume available
This is part of the considerations to have during the preparation phase of your project: what use do you plan to use your terrace? Depending on its size, you may have to make a choice between the garden furniture, the relaxation lounge or the deckchair. The choice of furniture should be measured and well thought out. This type of element is often relatively large. It will be good to favor low furniture, on light colors such as wood / ecru fabrics, and avoid anything at eye level on the terrace to extend the view. Do not overload and choose sufficient circulation spaces, even if it means considering folding or modular furniture.
Mistake n ° 2: Think of your layout as a space disconnected from your interior
It would be a mistake not to coordinate your patio layout with that of the room opening onto it. If your living room is in Mediterranean or Scandinavian tones for example, the terrace must be in harmony with this atmosphere. The more coherence and harmonization you gain, the more you will perceive your terrace as a room in its own right, pleasant and convivial.
Mistake # 3: Leaving a bare wall
If your terrace is positioned at the edge of a wall, or if it is a patio, not covering the walls would amount to having a feeling of imprisonment of the terrace rather than of a cozy nest. The walls, even unsightly, can easily be covered with plants or wood cladding for example, or even painted in a color that matches your decoration. This brings a cocooning aspect to this space by highlighting the heights.
Mistake # 4: neglect the importance of plants
A bare terrace without plants or flowers would be bland and lack life. On the contrary, prefer them in various sizes, in different colors. Combine plants in pots, hanging plants or climbing plants: it’s all a question of maintenance. If you don’t have a green thumb, low-maintenance plants will do just fine, such as cypress, palm, or bay leaf.
Mistake # 5: minimizing lighting
Exit the big round lamp above the opening, outdoor lighting has become a decorative element in its own right. Several wall lights for the need for light, associated with solar battery night lights type lantern, garland or light pot. The more light sources, even dimmed, multiply, the more your terrace will become in the evening a real space of sharing and well-being to receive your friends or make the meal last until midnight!
Mistake n ° 6: not providing shade
Relying only on your parasol would mean depriving yourself of many shading elements that exist on the market. From shade cloth in multiple colors, to the most sophisticated pergola, through manual or electric awning, to trees with dense foliage. All styles are possible, all materials are available to create the ideal space that suits you perfectly.
Mistake # 7: Choosing the wrong flooring
It would be a mistake to choose your floor covering only for its aesthetic appearance. It is important to think about it also according to the exposure of the terrace. Depending on whether it is exposed full south or full north, the choice of material will be to think about if for example it has little sun and remains too saturated with humidity. In the case of tiling, it will be necessary to opt for a quality frost-resistant tile. If you go for wood, then choose one that is treated accordingly, and be sure to maintain it regularly. As for PVC, it must be non-slip because it remains slippery during heavy rains.
Mistake # 8: Do not accessorize it with decorative items
Arranging your terrace also involves decoration, as you would for your interior. Depending on the desired mood, there are many accessories for outdoor decoration stores to suit your theme, and add an extra touch of personalization. Whether they are mirrors to be fixed to the wall, trellises on which to hang small succulents or herbs, outdoor rugs or ottomans, atmospheric garlands, etc. Let your imagination be free.
Mistake # 9: neglecting the need for storage
Each garden chair has its own seat cushion, each relaxation lounge has its many modular elements. Not providing a storage chest, an outdoor sofa with a storage bin, or an outdoor cabinet will force you to store everything in your shed, garage or closet at the entrance in the fall. Better to think about practicality and invest in “self-sufficient” equipment. A tarpaulin over it during October and the trick is to spend the winter in the shelter.
Mistake # 10: not maintaining it
You can find the most stylish decorations that will perfectly complement your interior with an opening to a space to your liking, if you do not carry out regular maintenance, this will quickly become the black spot of your home. At the beginning of each spring, clean it with a brush and the now ultra popular mixture of white vinegar and baking soda: it’s guaranteed to be fresh! Every day in the spring and summer seasons, go for a raclette after a rainy episode where the water stagnates.
Don’t worry about regulations: the 11th error !
Finally, before considering any development, it is important to make sure to consult the co-ownership regulations or the town planning rules in force in the municipality, via the consultation of a PLU (Local Urban Plan) or a POS (Land Use Plan). Some developments are subject to authorizations, and others are prohibited. In principle, anything that changes the exterior appearance of the house is subject to authorization by the municipality. Be aware that in the event of non-compliance with these rules, you may be asked purely and simply to withdraw the arrangements made.