Deck - Patio
July 30, 2012
Hi Everyone,

I have been banging my head side to side on this. Should I put a Deck or a Patio. Not sure yet on the cost differences, but here is the scenario.

Contemporary design in the back shaped like a U with glass doors all around. 425sqft Deck area overlooks the pool. Before there was a Treated Deck painted and it was all rotted because the water had no drainage. We have created the drainage and tore out the old deck. What I need is to decide asap on wether i should put a Deck or Patio? Cedar or Treated?

Since the house is Contemporary, should I stain the wood in a certain color? If that is the case, use Treated vs Cedar?

Looking forward to everyone's input on this :)

Thank you,
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Parker Stuckey Residential Design
I would definitely keep it as a deck if you've already cured your drainage issues. If you lowered the space to patio level, you'd end up losing a lot of square footage to steps from all of those doors. I'm a huge fan of ipe or teak but if those are out of range, I'd use treated lumber and stain it quite dark (espresso-ish). The contrast will play up the contemporary lines of the house and feel quite sleek. Use a transparent stain instead of the typical deck stains that are semi-solid or solid. Some grain showing through is always nice and the look will last longer.
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Mary Pettit
Since your outdoor area is surrounded by your home, you may wish to consider the passive solar effect of your material choice on your living space. If you live in a climate that has a short outdoor season, stone or similar material will warm up this area for comfort and may extend the use of your outdoor space. If you have a long hot outdoor season, wood will retain less heat in this area and make it more tolerable to use.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:41AM
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Thank you. I actually thought of raising it a little more so that is is nearly the level of the Living room. ?? The kitchen and the master Bedroom floors sit a little higher. By raising it I would have room for a better pitch and be able to put enough gravel without touching the framing.
    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:43AM
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Great stuff folks. Any other color options? I like the espresso suggestion a lot, but I fear my better half might throw a hammer at me :)
    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:47AM
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Tarey Cullen
Good comment from Parker Stuckey Residential. If you do elevate the deck - not flush with interior - as rain/ snow/ wind elements need a little room so as not to find entry to liv. rm.
1 Like    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:50AM
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