Organize an arranged terrace according to a good design can become an extra room outside of the home, a place more lively. Although in many cases the available space is reduced, it can still be appreciated and can be created a comfortable environment.
An area where the terrace can be set, starting from the general characteristics such as the position, whether it is facing north or south, and the climate where it is, if it is in a cold climate or a Mediterranean-type, which is important for the choice of plants, the views, what's interesting to see or what is necessary to hide, and the type, if it is completely open or partially covered.
But the right balance between the elements and plant materials will make a living space according to the styles: classic, modern, high-design, etc.
Starting from the component parts as the material elements such as flooring, it can play using different solutions on the market as slabs of natural stone, porcelain tiles, wooden slats or composite wood or green roof.
As for the furnishings, today the market offers the most varied combinations of chairs, tables, chairs, chaise longue, chairs, sofas of all sorts of materials: wood, rattan, plastic, teak, and any colours, but also barbecues , sinks or tubs of water for outdoor use. They are combined with flowers-pots of every kind: how specific elements or continuous planters of different materials such as clay, metal, plastic, Fibreglass.
In addition, there are supplementary elements such as pergolas shading systems, vertical blinds, sunshades, sails, tensile structures, systems windbreak horizontal or vertical or closed systems as winter gardens.
Important is also the lighting system that will make the space enjoyable during evening. There are all forms of lighting furniture and application and some of them can be regarded as real light sculptures.
The green elements will then the plants that help create an atmosphere more lively and natural, and it can bet on one or two species only, or use more variety, such as evergreens, perennial or annual, climbing plants according to the wishes of the client and the time available for the maintenance.
Although in many cases the available space is reduced, the right combination of all these elements and some design skills can make it a privileged place that it can be valued and where it can be found a peace of harmonic refreshment still living in a town.
(All the pictures are from the book "Terrace Design" by TeNeues)