Do you have a big backyard that you’ve been itching to use more? If this is the year you’ve decided to sink some money into your outdoor space, you might be wondering:
Am I a patio person or a deck dweller?
Patio photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky; deck photo courtesy of Trex
Weighty Matters: If you’re planning on adding a big hot tub, stone fireplace, cast-iron dining set and 12 chaise lounges, a patio might make more sense for you. While decks can be built to support almost anything these days, it becomes a lot more expensive to meet the safety requirements needed for heavy furniture and big crowds. If you decide to go with a deck, consider safety first: Always use a licensed contractor and stay up to date on maintenance.
Location: When planning a party platform, it’s important to consider your view and the view of your neighbors. Will your neighbors get more of an eyeful if you’re up on a deck or down on a patio? Which option gives you better proximity to the house and kitchen? Also, do you plan to worship the sun or chill in the shade? Just like in real estate, when it comes to developing your outdoor space, location is everything.
Photo courtesy of Timber Tech
Style: As with any addition or remodel, you want to be sure to match the style of your home. Your contemporary house might be screaming for a modern concrete patio, while a quaint cottage would much prefer a white wood deck. Take a minute to listen to your house — is there an outdoor style option that it seems to lend itself to?
Photo courtesy of Room and Board
Cost: Building a deck is typically more affordable than installing a concrete patio; however, concrete needs less maintenance and is more durable. You may want to think about how long you’ll be in your current home and what you’re expecting from this outdoor space.
Photo courtesy of HGTV Smart Home 2013
Both decks and patios can be great places to beat the heat with giant umbrellas and stylish accessories, and both can be dressed up with vibrant colors and seasonal plants.
Where would you rather spend the rest of your summer?