Column: Celebrating deck and patio season


The concrete patio was expanded and features
a center fire pit. (Submitted photo)

Which do you prefer, a deck or some sort of hard-surface patio? Often, the circumstances strongly influence which makes sense to launch your incredible outdoor living space from. Me? I love them both and typically let the environmental circumstances and/or budget guide the process. 

Second-story spaces naturally guide us toward decking and ground-levels toward patios.  Mid-range elevations offer some fun creativity and often result in a deck landing that carries down to a ground-level paver patio. It brings in a wider material pallet and can create multiple living spaces too.


The recent deck project is immediately warm and livable. It also meets a few primary objectives of low-maintenance living through material selections and creating shade and developing privacy from the cedar pergola. I can imagine myself in the suspended pergola swing most evenings!

The concrete patio was expanded with a natural flagstone material and wrapped in a Belgard seat wall that nicely captures large entertaining plans. A center fire feature warms the space and is hugged with colorful landscaping.


Suddenly, there is an overwhelming volume of new materials available that satisfies almost every taste, from modern to natural and cost-affective to luxurious. Fortunately, innovations and supply chains collapsing have made some of the luxurious materials very approachable! 

Let the circumstances, environment and your designer help guide the process for the best results.

Let’s celebrate deck and patio season!

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