Expanding Your Living Space

When your interior space can’t be reconfigured to expand a living area, the addition of a patio or deck is an option that can provide immediate and long-term benefits. Statistics show that patios and decks provide a good return on investment, with decks typically bringing the highest return. The benefits and enjoyment you gain from adding an outdoor living and entertainment area are immeasurable.

Deck or Patio

There are some distinctive differences between a deck and a patio. A patio is constructed directly on the ground. It can have a concrete, stone, tile, brick of some other similar material as its base. Patios may be a connected to the house or separated from the house and incorporated into the landscape design. Decks are typically made of wood or vinyl. They are connected to the house either at ground level or from an upper-level room. Decks typically have a railing and often feature a covered area. Decks can be designed with multi-level platforms which can increase the diversity of use, enhance its appearance and enable you to make excellent use of an uneven or challenging landscape.

Creating Your Exterior Expansion

Once you’ve made your choice between a deck or patio, it’s time to enlist the assistance of a general contractor to determine the design and material choices that will best meet your need and enhance your home. You’ll want to create a space that’s compatible with your landscape and lifestyle. If you have a magnificent view an upper-level or multi-level deck would provide you an opportunity to enjoy that view. An outdoor kitchen might be something to consider if you enjoy entertaining. Built-in seating or planters are special features that can make your outdoor living area more personalized.

Creating a Smooth Transition

There are some features that can make your deck or patio look and feel like more like an extension of your living space. Bi-fold or French doors provide a view of the outdoor living space and can be opened to expand it into one large entertaining area. Keeping your outdoor décor theme similar to your indoor décor can make the spaces more cohesive.

Careful planning is a key to creating an expanded living space that you can enjoy while living in your home. When it’s time to sell, that outdoor space could be one of your home’s greatest selling features.

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