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Patio Possibilities

Adorning your home with a classy front porch or a comfortable back patio can be as important to your home as frosting on a cake.

Not sure where to start? Try adopting a certain theme for your front porch. One option is the Vintage Woodworks company. They specialize in vintage wood porch components, gable trims, decorative storm doors, spandrels, and brackets. Columns, stone pillars, or an attractive front door all contribute to a classy look.

Some simple touches you can incorporate into your design are corbels. Corbels are like a bracket, but a solid unit. Delicately carved corbels add immediate design and beauty to a plain porch beam. AZEK Brand Cellular PVC is a synthetic product that will not crack, warp, or rot, and is unaffected by moisture and insects. Use a highlight color to really make them stand out.

Build a striking railing. Any raised porch requires a railing, and there are many attractive options to choose from. Vinyl railing is durable, low-maintenance, and manufactured in many stylish designs. Composite railings are another low-maintenance product that duplicate the look of well-painted wood. Cast iron has a classic regality that can be presented in a myriad of welded designs. Wood is an old-standby; it requires more maintenance, but always presents well. A balustrade, which is defined as a row of small repeating posts that support a top railing, can be an attractive option if you want a shorter railing.

Don’t overlook the small details such as new siding, fresh paint, new decking, or attractive plants. Add special touches such as a porch swing, hanging flower pots, and a welcome sign.

The possibilities for planning your dream Patio are endless. Plan your patio according to the size of your yard, your expected usage of the space, and the purpose you want it to serve. Use dyed concrete, brick pavers, natural stone, or an outdoor tile for your base. Incorporate a water-feature, outdoor kitchen, or hot-tub. Include an awning or shade trees for relaxing in the shade on a hot summer day. Complete your space with comfortable, attractive patio furniture.

If you want to dress up your home before spring, contact a pre-screened contractor today to bring some flavor to your design.

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