Yehudit Laine. Patio & Pergola. March 03rd , 2017.
The drawbacks of concrete include lack of beauty, and long term maintenance costs. The only type of decking that requires more maintenance than concrete is wood. Pavers, bricks, and other stones are the flip side of that coin - pretty, and low maintenance, but initially more costly.
Secondly, living in such homes allows you to gather large groups to have a party. You are never short of space. You do not need to book or rent a restaurant or a dining hall to hold a function. You can have it right at your doorstep. You could also have a barbecue with all the lights switched off, except perhaps for a little lamp or camp fire.
Another good tip to follow is to always place long furniture (e.g., a cushy couch) along the longest wall, which is usually the one adjacent to your backdoor.
You've got about 1,000 decisions to make regarding the design of your patio or deck. So take your time during the planning phase and get it right. You'll know when that is - you'll feel it, and you'll be smiling a lot. But don't just go for the obvious square or rectangle because it's easy. People spend a lot of time sitting on their decks, so they should feel good about what they built.
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