Combining your deck and patio can add a wealth of depth and dimension to your landscape, as upper and lower levels contribute to a cohesive, and harmonious outdoor living space.

Decks, by themselves, create a fluid transition from a home’s interior to its natural surroundings, while offering homeowners an awesome showcase for their inner-designer. A connected patio area provides a perfect transition to ground floor fun, while contributing additional square footage that is functional and aesthetically dynamic.

Increased and enhanced opportunities for entertaining abound, as a combined deck and patio encourages the designation of different activities – dining, dancing, etc. – to different areas.

There are things to consider, however, when combining such significant home improvements. Here are just three tips from the pros:

  1. Choose complementary materials. Patios, which often sit flush with the ground, are typically made of brick or concrete, though paver patios are growing in popularity thanks to their durability and low-maintenance. Decks, on the other hand, can be made of wood, composite materials, pressure treated lumber, or vinyl. Deck installation tends to be more expensive, however, so incorporating a brick, stone, or concrete patio into a combined design can often offer a more cost-effective route to an expansive outdoor living space. You might also consider inlaying a portion of the deck with same stone used for the patio, tying everything together visually.
  2. Build both simultaneously. Many homeowners opt to build their deck first and move onto their patio at a later date – or vice versa – when budget allows. If at all possible, resist the urge to complete the project in phases. Find a single qualified design-build firm that can design and install both components at the same time. This will not only save you money and stress in the long run, but it will allow for a more seamless build overall. Deck and patio combos that are completed piecemeal all too often look as though they were never meant to coexist, and frequently function the same way.
  3. Hire a seasoned landscape artist. For the same reasons you should combine your deck and patio at the same time, you should also seek out a specialist who has experience in all facets of outdoor design-build; someone who can see the bigger picture of your landscape, instead of being strictly regimented in any one niche. An outdoor design-build firm like Bainbridge has years of experience building not only decks and patios, but also specializes in complimentary outdoor living components, such as fire pits, landscape lighting, outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, and more. With your input, they can help you create the ultimate outdoor entertainment area.

Are you planning to combine your deck and patio? Bainbridge Outdoor Design Build can help. Give us a call at 703-296-8759 or fill out our form online to request additional information.