Expanding Usability with an Integrated Deck and Patio Design

Versatility and maximizing use are the name of the game for PA homeowners that want to make the most of their outdoor space during all four seasons, and the leading deck builders in PA respond in a variety of ways. One of the leading ways to maximize versatility that maximizes the use of outdoor space is to combine elements of an integrated patio design along with the deck design.

Many homeowners have multilevel homes with the possibility of built-in egress to the outside on both levels. The ideal scenario is to create a deck off of the upper level while creating a patio space beneath that can provide outdoor entertainment even when the weather is rainy or on winter days when the temperature is perfect for some outdoor cocoa and a cookout.

PA homeowners want to make the most of their decks even in the winter months. That’s why it’s not uncommon to find them using their grill to cook and heading back indoors to prepare and eat the meal where it’s cozy and warm inside. Others want that outdoor experience and opt for a covered and enclosed patio or deck that is enclosed with screens for those nights when mosquitos are in full effect but also accommodates glass to enclose and heat the space to use in the winter.

Generally, the ability to incorporate brick, stone, concrete-paver, or poured-concrete patio into the deck design allows deck builders in PA to give their clients larger entertainment spaces that can provide different entertainment areas on multiple levels. It isn’t uncommon to see a design that incorporates brick or stone into the deck design to visually integrate the deck and patio to a further degree.

This integrated design philosophy works well for properties that may have an upper lawn area near the home and a lower lawn area that is distinguished by a natural or landscaped slope in ground elevation. With a deck nearest the house, the homeowner and their deck designer/builder may utilize wood or composite decking stairs along with or in place of stone, brick or pavers to provide the connection to the lower patio space. This area can incorporate some interesting details that work well in patio spaces such as a stone fire pit or composite deck bench seating to further tie the two spaces together visually.

It’s not uncommon to see homeowners with a pool that have a deck near the house and a patio that surrounds the pool. Depending on the layout of the property, it may work better to design a deck near the pool and a patio in the space between the house and the pool area. In all cases, integrating a deck with a patio can provide a world of versatility, functionality, and maximized use throughout the year when done properly.

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