Before you start any construction, you will want to make sure that you are taking a little bit of time to consider various points about how you want your future patio to look. This will help ensure that you are going to end up with the best possible patio to serve your family's needs now and for many years in the future.
You want the location of your patio to be in a place that is quick and easy to access from the house and that will be truly usable space. For example, if more people find themselves going in and out of the back door to enjoy the outdoors, having your patio placed off of the side door might not be the best option. If you plan on sitting out on your patio to enjoy the sun or to cook out, you will want to determine whether the spot you are considering actually gets a lot of light during the time of the day or evening that you would generally find yourself outside.
You might simply have the desire to have an outdoor area where you can put a few tables and chairs. However, do you suspect that you might have a need or a desire for more patio space as your family gets bigger and grows older? Maybe you will someday want to add a hot tub to the patio and you will need ample space so you are not taking away any of the space just for dining or relaxing. Even if you may not always use a lot of space right now, having a larger patio instead of a smaller one can really serve you well in the future. The larger patio can also add some value and appeal to your home, which would be rather handy should you ever decide to sell it.
Not all patios are created equal when it comes to the material used. You have to not only consider your personal style, but the functionality of it and how much work it will be to maintain it. If you are a very busy person and you try to keep the need for excess maintenance to a minimum, you might not want a wood patio, as you will need to treat or stain it every couple of years. A patio made of concrete might be a much better choice for you.
With just those few things in mind, you should have a much easier time making the necessary decisions when it comes time to have your new patio installed.