Raised Patios

by J on August 26, 2010

Late summer and early fall is a wonderful time of the year to be outside. Garden crops are flourishing, flowers are blooming and butterflies flit in and out of the garden. If you enjoy your outside time, you have many options to help you create a beautiful outdoor space in your own yard. In the last few years, hardscaping has taken off in the design industry, and homeowners have even more possibilities to create outdoor living areas for their families. One popular choice is raised patios.

Raised patios are made of the same materials that traditional patios are; the difference is that raised patios are not at ground level, but they are instead elevated. How high you make them depends on your preference. They can be only a few inches high, or you can make them a few feet high.

Raised patios are made with materials such as stone, bricks and concrete, and that allows for such creativity in the layout. Designers and homeowners can easily create simple or intricate patterns and shapes with the materials, making use of color and texture too. For an expert opinion, contact a concrete construction contractor for ideas on how to build your raised patio. The contractor will take into account the architecture of your home and the layout of your yard to design an outdoor space that’s perfect for you.

The following materials can be used when constructing a raised patio.

  • Brick. Bricks are easy to work with because they are small in size, and it’s simple to replace a brick.
  • Pavers. Pavers are versatile because they come in many colors, sizes, shapes and textures. You’re sure to find a style that works for your yard—and they’re easy to create patterns with too.
  • Flagstone. Flagstone is a more expensive option, but they are durable and will last a long time. They also come in a variety of colors and texture and have a natural beauty.
  • Concrete. Concrete is an inexpensive option and so fun to work with because of concrete stamping. You can stamp any pattern and mix many colors in to the concrete to simulate more expensive stone or just to create interesting patterns and textures.

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Raised patios have a few advantages over decks. They don’t need to be repeatedly stained, and they won’t rot. If you use bricks or stones, the repairs are usually fairly simple because you can generally replace them a stone at a time.

So, if you’re thinking about making a few more improvements before the end of summer, consider a raised patio. A stamped concrete patio or other hardscaping option will be a beautiful, lasting outdoor area for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

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