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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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Gorgeous Bistro Ideas For Your Backyard Patio

Your patio is small, and that's ok. That doesn't mean you have to give up on outdoor living. A small patio still affords you space for enjoying your backyard comfortably. For the small patio, the Landscaping Network suggests designing a bistro style because you need only 6 feet by 6 feet of space. Design a gorgeous backyard patio that lives larger than its real estate.

Lay Flagstone Pavers

One of the major benefits of having a small space for your patio is you can choose luxurious materials since you won't need much. Flagstone is a gorgeous natural stone made by the hardening of sediment, usually under water. In fact, flagstone is an umbrella term that includes sandstone, bluestone, limestone, slate, and travertine.

Flagstone also comes in numerous colors and gradients. Before choosing your flagstone pavers, evaluate your home's façade. It's best to choose pavers that match or complement the colors in your house.

For a small bistro patio, consider having the contractors lay the flagstone in an irregular pattern. They don't cut the stones into rectangles, so they can create organic shapes with the flooring. This means you can use up every inch of space available to you for your patio.

Install a Stone Bench

While your contractors have the stones out, have them build a stone bench. A bistro patio is mostly used for dining, so you need seating. However, you may want to store a few things on your small patio. The contractors can construct a well in your stone bench for storage. Because it's built-in, your stone bench takes up less space.

Use Cable Railing

You don't want your bistro patio to feel cramped in. With cable railing, contractors string metal cables between the posts. The cables disappear visually, so there's no obstruction of the view. You can also combine the cable railing with landscaping to create a seamless transition between your patio and the yard.

Match the Patio Shape

When you go to choose table, try to match the shape of the patio to save space. If you opted for a square or rectangular patio, any shape table will work well. However, a circular table takes up less space. This is especially true if the contractors went organic with the flagstone pavers. Additionally, choose chairs that don't take up a lot of real estate. Look for ones that even fold up for easy stashing.

Maximize your small outdoor space by designing a gorgeous bistro patio.