As summer quickly approaches, now is the best time to consider your next outdoor remodel project. A great patio is an essential part to having a stunning backyard. Choosing the right patio material that compliments your home's style is the first step to creating a seamless transition from your home to your new breathtaking backyard.

Brick: Brick patios are a traditional option and the most commonly used material for outdoor patios. Traditional brick is also moderately priced in comparison to other patio materials, costing $2 to $3 per square foot. Keep in mind that the brick used on your patio is different than the brick on your house, as patio brick needs to be specially fired and less porous to withstand the wear. A trend in brick is less than traditional patterns. Featured below is a patio paved with red brick laid in a herringbone pattern. The creative style gives character and dimension to the ultra-traditional red brick.

Stone Pavers: a slightly more stylistic option is stone. Bluestone or flagstone pavers are both popular materials for outdoor patios. Choosing stone for your outdoor patio typically means less maintenance and more durability-- a plus for homeowners with extreme weather during the off-months. Although stone pavers require less maintenance, they typically cost more than the previously mentioned brick. Stone pavers can range anywhere from $9 to $28 per square foot. Alternatively, natural stone pavers are the most durable and highest in quality, but can cost up to $35 per square foot. Below, we've featured a limestone paved patio- we love the diversity in color and shape.

Concrete: Concrete is the patio material option that requires the least maintenance. It is also an affordable option in comparison to aforementioned natural stone. The sleek, modern style can also be customized to look more natural. It can be stained, stamped, or painted to create the perfect, low maintenance patio with a style that matches your home.

Free form stone: Lastly, a patio built with free formed shaped stone is a charming option that gives flexibility of shape to your space and lacks the structured look of concrete or uniformly laid stone pavers. Free flowing stone works great for patios with flower gardens or foliage, allowing nature to be the focus of your outdoor space.

Ultimately, the material you choose for your outdoor patio is dependent on four things: cost, space, style, and function. Remember to keep in mind that the style of your home should match the style of your patio. Homes with a more modern style might standup best next to a concrete patio. A rustic cottage looks great with a freeform stone patio, and a traditional style home pairs well with traditional materials, such as brick. We hope your next outdoor remodel is a success, and with Mr. Handyman's help, you are well on your way to having the outdoor space of your dreams.

Mr. Handyman can maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list. All Mr. Handyman franchises are Fully Insured with General Liability and Workers Compensation. Some services are subject to state and local licensing and may not be available in all locations. Make sure to stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements and maintenance needs and request service in your area.