Walkout basements are common in Michigan. In this layout, most of the basement is underground, but part of it accessible from the surface level. If your walkout basement transitions directly to the backyard, you may be missing out on a huge opportunity. Adding a patio to the area could increase your livable square footage and improve the flow of the whole property.
Here are some patio design tips for walkout basements, courtesy of N&M Restoration.
Determine the Functional Goal of the Walkout Basement Patio
Function should be at the forefront of your mind for any home improvement plan. Think about what you would want to use the patio for. If your basement is set up like an apartment, the walkout patio might be a place to have coffee in the morning or put a small grill. If the basement is a man cave, the patio might be an extension of the elements inside.
We can design a versatile patio that can adjust with the home’s changing needs. Nevertheless, it would be wise to have a purpose in mind during the planning stages.
Create a Retaining Wall around the Patio
Chances are there is a raised area of landscaping somewhere around the walkout patio. A retaining wall can neatly hold that in place and add a border to the patio. Retaining walls are great options for breaking up landscaping and controlling water on the property. We can plan for drainage, as needed, to prevent your walkout patio from flooding.
Design a Cohesive Patio That Complements Your Home
There are tons of materials to choose from when designing your walkout basement patio. Select materials that complement the other elements on the property, such as your siding, roof color, trim color, and other hardscaped areas. If you have multi-colored brick siding, you may choose pavers that pull one or two colors from the bricks. If your exterior is somewhat bland, you could choose multi-colored patio pavers for an extra wow factor.
Add Additional Hardscaping on the Property That Ties into the Basement Patio
Your walkout basement patio should visually connect with other hardscaping features in some way. For instance, you might add some extra retaining walls on the property that utilize the same materials. You could also update your porch, walkways, fire pit, or other exterior features to create a unified design for your exterior. This will make the basement patio look like it’s been there all along.
Get a Quote for Your Walkout Basement Patio Design
Ready to get started? N&M Restoration would love to design and build a walkout basement patio for your property. We serve most of Southeast Michigan, including Troy MI, Warren MI, Grosse Pointe MI, Royal Oak MI, Metro Detroit, Bloomfield Hills MI, Birmingham MI, and other areas. Contact us at (586) 350-5824 to schedule your consultation.