Decks and Patios

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated January 1, 2016)

Decks and patios can quite often make or break your landscape design. A properly designed deck or patio can easily become a key element of your landscaping design, one which seems to create a seamless bridge between the home and the yard. Whereas, a deck or patio that is improperly designed can often become an eyesore that detracts from your desired goal. Choosing between decks and patios, or even a combination of the two can be a rather difficult choice for many people. Here are a few simple guidelines that can help you make that decision.

  • Purpose. When deciding on whether you will be having a deck or patio you need to keep in mind what it's purpose will be. Do you want something that will be hosting parties, or something that can promote rest and relaxation after a hard day's work?
  • Materials. There are all kinds of materials that you can make your deck or patio from. The most common of materials for decks is pine, while the most common element for patios is usually concrete. What is the look that you want for your deck or patio? Choose a material that will be consistent with the overall theme of your home, and one that will also fit into your landscape, while also being long lasting and easy to maintain. Remember that this deck or patio is something that will be serving as a transition between your home and your yard, and should be treated as such.
  • Cost. Decks and patios can become pretty expensive, and even more so if you go for a custom design as opposed to one with a "cookie-cutter" look. When you are planning your deck or patio, price out different types of materials that will give you the look you want. If you are hiring a professional to do the work for you, make sure that you price out several different contractors before making your final decision.
  • Design. There are several things that you need to consider when it comes to design. First is it something that will fit in with the design of your home? Will it be a design that adds to the overall look of your home, or is it one that detracts from that look? Is the design something that you will be able to accomplish, or is it something that you will have to hire specialists in order to make a reality? Finally, are you happy with the design? The one person that has to be happy with the design, more than anyone else, is you.
  • Maintenance. Keep in mind that you will be conducting the maintenance on your deck or patio yourself. Wooden decks and patios typically require painting and sealing every couple of years, while concrete will need to be cleaned regularly as well. Are you up to maintaining and repair the new addition to your home? Choose one that you will be able to live with.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Home Theater Design

You don't need to have a degree in home theater design in order to design your own home theater. As long as you ...

Discover More

What is a Drain-and-Trap Auger?

If you go to any home improvement store, or talk to any plumber, you will quickly see that the drain-and-trap auger is ...

Discover More

Maple Tree Care

Maple trees are not only the source of maple syrup, but they are also great landscaping accessories. Before you plant ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Dealing with Pampas Grass

When you want it, pampas grass can be an extremely attractive ornamental grass for your yard and landscaping. If you ...

Discover More

How to Conserve Soil

While hills are generally pretty great, particularly during the winter time, there are a few problems associated with ...

Discover More

Understanding Xeriscaping

We all understand that plants need water to grow, just as they need sun and proper nutrients. But you can conserve water ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two minus 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)