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Building Your Dream Home: Deck vs. Patio

Building Your Dream Home: Deck vs. Patio

From the Building your Dream Home: Follow these steps series
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If you are looking to add an entertainment space to your dream home, then a deck or a patio is a great place to start.

To decide which space fits your needs, first consider how high your home sits above the ground. If you are able to get from your door to the ground in four steps, then I recommend a patio.

Typically connected to the house, a patio is perfect for fire pits, barbecues and a separate seating area, making this a great space for relaxation. However, they require a level area and can be six times more expensive to install than a deck. On the other hand, patios offer three times the space, a better resale value and often last longer than a deck.

Decks can be built on any level of your home and don’t require any excavation. They can be built off of the lower floor of a home for easy access from the kitchen or dining room, or they can be added to an upper level, giving the homeowner an excellent view of the surrounding landscape. One of the few drawbacks to building a deck is maintenance costs. Homeowners need to budget for upkeep every two to three years.

Whether you choose a deck or a patio, the increased outdoor space will offer you limitless possibilities to entertain your guests.

Next week we’ll discuss the importance of protecting your deck or patio.

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About the author

Vladimir Oulianov has been a specialist in energy-efficient homes in Lincoln since 2002. He is ranked in the top 100 real estate agents in the U.S. and is the top Salesperson in Lincoln for the last 6 years. Other awards include a Lincoln’s Choice Award from the Lincoln Journal Star for Best real estate agent, a 40 under 40 Award from the Lincoln Business Journal and Realtor of the Year from Woods Bros Realty.

Vladimir's Real Estate Services believes in Fair Housing and an Equal Opportunity for all. Contact him at 402-890-0535 or


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