Decks and patios are attractive features on most homes, but it’s essential for home buyers and those looking to build a custom home to understand the pros and cons of these features. Decks and patios offer comfortable places to enjoy the outdoors close to home.
A deck is an open space attached to a home, typically made from wood or a composite material that allows the homeowners to sit and relax under the sun. They can be great places for entertaining, and there are countless customization options homeowners can configure for their decks. A patio is similar, but patios are on the ground floor while decks are typically raised.
Both decks and patios offer comfortable outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining, and it’s possible to configure a combination deck/patio that extends next to two floors of the home. For example, there could be a door in the basement that leads to a covered patio, and the deck above forms the roof of the patio and connects to a kitchen or living room.
If you are thinking about adding a deck, a patio, or both to your home, it’s worth taking time to consider the potential drawbacks of these options. First, you will need to consider construction. Depending on the foundation layout of your home, you may need to pour additional foundation space to support the weight of the new patio and/or deck.
Additionally, adding any type of extra space to your home increases the square footage you must maintain. Preserving your deck and/or patio is different than maintaining the interior of the house, so it’s important to be prepared for the maintenance issues you’re likely to face with such additions.
Taking the benefits and drawbacks of decks and patios into consideration, it’s not uncommon for those starting the new home building process to think about adding these features to their homes. The extra space will certainly add to the overall construction cost, but this will translate into additional enjoyable space as well as a higher property value. Ultimately, if you decide to install a deck and/or patio with a new home build, it’s vital to choose the highest quality materials and a reliable contractor to do the work.
Premier Builders offers custom home building services to northwestern Ohio. We can help a new home builder determine the best configurations and materials for their decks and patios.
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