deck3916Virginia's mild climate is the envy of many places in the US, and your family can take advantage of it with a well-designed outdoor living space. If you want to beautify your home, get the most out of your environment, and treat your family to a special spot, here's how to approach it:

 

Define your dream

What sorts of outdoor activities draw your family together? Are you the sorts to host impressive grillouts which show off culinary skills, or the types to gather around a simpler fire pit for conversation and roasted marshmallows? Would you rather have a garden path full of little surprises and secluded nooks or a place to stretch out, doze in the sun, and enjoy the vista of a backyard butterfly garden? Envision how you would like to use your space, and proceed from there.

 

Find inspiration

When you know what you want, feed your imagination by researching similar projects. Take notes on the designs you find that make you feel happy or excited. Take note of the outdoor space you have to work with, as well as the geographical spaces of your yard: you can use those details to refine your search. A hilly yard, for example, might not be the best place for a patio – but it could lend itself well to a terraced garden, or you might choose to create a level floor by constructing a deck attached to your home.

 

Contact the experts

When you have your ideas, it's time to contact the experts. Look up testimonials and reviews, and speak to friends and neighbors who have undertaken a renovation project to create an outdoor living space. Then bring your ideas to the company you've chosen. Renovation experts can help you understand the implications of your design – not just in cost, but also in beauty and livability. They can also help you refine your design to better suit your needs in terms of aesthetics, terrain, and expense. Experts might even be able to help you see where a design you never thought was possible can be built for your home.

 

If you're exploring the idea of beautifying your home with an outdoor living space, contact us at Woodscape Construction today! We're proud to help homeowners realize their dreams, and offer expert guidance through every step of the process.

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patio101615Virginia is one of the nation's states with natural beauty built directly into the scenery, and no matter where you look, there are virtually limitless ways to be awed by the world around you. Of course, one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is from the comfort of your own home.

Homeowners have been faced with the decision of decks versus patios for decades. To help you understand which is the better investment for your personal situation, we've created this guide to help you through the shopping and designing processes.

How Much Weight Can It Hold? 
If you'll be using your outdoor space for everyday actions like grilling out and socializing with family and friends, either space will work just fine as far as weight is concerned. If you're planning on adding a hot tub or other super heavy objects, however, you'll want to start taking weight into consideration. Decks can absolutely be built sturdy enough to accommodate hot tubs, but sometimes the added reinforcements can detract from the aesthetic appeal the homeowner was going for. In cases like this, a patio might be the better option.

How Would You Describe Your Property? 
Many parts of Virginia lend themselves to mountainous terrain. Depending on the physical geography of your property, a deck could be much more advantageous than a patio if you don't have the space necessary to create a flat foundation on the ground. If your home is located on rough, rugged, or sloping terrain, a patio could require substantial excavation costs.

Do You Have a Preferred Type of Material? 
Although you certainly have many material options in either situation, when you're considering the advantages of decks versus patios, you should put some thought into the most commonly used materials for each. Decks are often made of wood, vinyl, or composite material. This can add an aesthetic appeal very fitting to many Virginia homes, and there is a wide variety of each of these materials used in the building of decks. Patios typically begin with concrete bases and are finished with pavers, brick, or stone. Each option comes with its own considerations regarding maintenance and upkeep.

Are you weighing the benefits of decks versus patios for your own home? Our experts at Woodscape Construction will be happy to help you understand the advantages of each. Contact us, and let us provide you with some guidance!

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