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Old 03-22-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Looking for thoughts on whether to go with a deck or patio.

I like having a raised deck so I can walk out my back door and not have to step down, but I like the maintenance idea of stone. I've looked at some composite decking options, but not sure what to go with.

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It's a matter of personal preference, but for me there are a whole lot of reasons I'd rather have a patio than a wooden deck. Maintenance being number one. You can get around some of that by using composites ($), but there are other parts of the deck I dislike regardless:

* possibility of bees/wasps building under it
* possibility of small animals burrowing under it - rabbits or skunks
* it acts as a sight-break. With a patio, you see right over it, the deck is usually a structure taking up space in the yard. This could be good, I suppose, depending on your yard.
* you can put a firepit or grill on a patio, these are not recommended with decks



The patio will have its own downsides, but I don't feel they are as many. My last house had a concrete patio and the only issue I ever had was some ants building houses in the expansion joints. Paver patios also seem to be the more "modern" version of a wooden deck - as far as popularity goes.

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I agree with the cons of a deck but my wife has her heart set on something elevated. Our door is only 30 inches above ground. Any thoughts on how to integrate stone at an elevation.
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I agree with the cons of a deck but my wife has her heart set on something elevated. Our door is only 30 inches above ground. Any thoughts on how to integrate stone at an elevation.
If you really loved her you would build her an elevated paver patio.
If you loved her.
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. Our door is only 30 inches above ground. Any thoughts on how to integrate stone at an elevation.
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I like the pics you posted. My deck/patio idea is going to be a little bigger. About 30 inches high and roughly 16 x 40. For the raised patio that you showed I'm a little nervouse doing that at a height of 30 inches and that size. I've built wood decks that big and laid patio stone in areas that big before, but never combined a patio at a 30 inch height.
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Just a thought, but for a raised stone or tile patio. Is it possible to build the frame from treated wood and then lay plywood and concrete board down and but the stone/tile, etc over the top?

Thoughts???
As soon as you introduce wood, the hour glass of demise starts to pour out.
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