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Decks and Patios

A home’s deck or patio is an extension of the living area, allowing families the comforts of home combined with the beauty and serenity of nature. What can enhance a deck or patio even more? Well-designed outdoor living spaces that allow for plants and flowers to augment the structure.

There are a few structures that are easily built, installed in the yard or attached to the house with very little effort and budget.

A garden trellis, for example, can be set up virtually anywhere and offers homeowners a lovely arch of flowering vines, grape vines or other climbing plants - all in a location where it can truly be appreciated. Other great options are pergolas or gazebos. These can be extensions on a deck or patio or set about in a garden to replace the deck or patio altogether. These are typically built in circular or octagonal shapes and can be topped with roofs or lattices. In either case, the sides, railings and lattices are places for plant life to grow.

Of course, decks and patios aren’t just places for your plants to prosper. Planning the perfect deck for your family to enjoy is essential as well. The challenge is that a deck or patio can be created in any shape or size. Determining the rightdesign for your family and home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. There are several things to consider. You’ll want to think about where it should be located, what purposes it will serve, what your budget is, what types of materials you’d like to build with and finally, selecting the right contractor for a stress-free construction project.

Whatever your plans include, take a look at some of the articles in our Deck & Patio Library to learn more about building the deck of your dreams.

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