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Staff patios are an excellent way to optimise your office exterior, creating a space for employees to relax and recharge. Depending on the size of your company, these patios can be small and simple or large and multi-functional. A small office can easily accommodate a patio with a few tables and chairs, and an umbrella or two. For larger-sized companies and multi-office complexes, staff patios typically need to be spacious enough to cater to the needs of each company within the building.
There are three important elements to consider when planning staff patios for larger buildings: zones, shelter, and surfaces. In this guide, we share some office exterior ideas to help you plan the ideal employee patio.
Office Exterior Ideas
Some of the most important elements to take into account when planning your office exterior space for employees include the following:
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Zones are a great way to create flow. You could create separate zones for dining, a separate bar area for office functions and after-work drinks, relaxation zones for smoke breaks and downtime, and even a lawn zone for corporate team building and games. When the patio is laid out in clear zones, employees will be able to take full advantage of the patio, rather than simply going outside to sit and do nothing.
Another thing to consider is shelter. If you have shelter from the building structure or the patio is located in a naturally shady area, this will not be required. Many patios are positioned in open spaces such as courtyards, balconies or other open areas, however. Shelter is essential to protect employees from the harsh glare of the sun. Waterproof shelters also have the additional benefit of protection against rain, wind, and hail. You can add shelter in the form of exterior cladding, canopies, overhangs, contractable roofs or umbrellas.
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Finally, another vital element to incorporate into your office patio is surfaces. Built-in surfaces can be extremely effective – especially if crafted from a durable, weather-resistant solid surface material such as Staron. This material can be used to create dining areas that are durable, scratch-proof, and versatile. Built-in bars and counters will also add plenty of value, creating a permanent outdoor kitchen area.
Ready to turn your office patio dreams into reality? Contact Salvocorp today to learn more about our wide range of products that are ideally suited to office exterior design.