Do you want a deck or a patio?

Think about whether you want a deck, patio or both.

Decks are raised platforms most often made out of wood or a composite material
Patios are at ground level and are often paved or made with paving stones.  
Depending on your yard layout, it is possible to build a deck that has steps leading down to a patio before you reach the yard.  It often looks and feels best to have some transitional materials, rather than simply stepping off to the grass yard. Stone, pavers, and bricks look sharp next to all deck material (wood or man-made) and  provide an easy transition to grass. A deck/patio combination can enhance your yard’s function and appeal.

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