Clarissa Bancroft. Patio & Pergola. March 05th , 2017.
I think patios are a better choice than decks. Patios last longer, require less maintenance, and allow greater design options than decks. Concrete is the most common material used for patios. Probably because it's relatively inexpensive, and builders use it extensively (because they won't be living in the house themselves).
A patio is a great place to cultivate plants and flowers. Buy or make containers and choose some attractive plants for your patio area. Golden Cane palms do well in large pots and ferns are very attractive in hanging baskets. If you want some colour, look out for Camellias, Begonias, Kangaroo Paws, and Bromeliads. All do well in containers and patios. So long as you remember to water your containers and baskets, you can look forward to a summer of greenery.
Here's what to think about: overall size of the yard; how do you use the yard; contour of the landscape; what functions need to be accommodated on the deck or patio; will you hang out just with the family, or will you entertain often; which other backyard features will be integrated into the immediate area (i.e. awnings, hot tubs, pools, backyard kitchens, plants, seating, railings, etc.). Of course, your budget has something to do with your choices.
Adirondack chairs are highly functional and can withstand the rigors of mother nature should it downpour. There are a few rules that homeowners should really be following even when it comes to plopping down a few chairs.
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