I can find very sparse information on patio deck combinations. I'd
like to see pictures that don't have a pool. I have a patio and
thought about building a deck next to it with steps from the patio to
deck. Is this something people do or have I come up with some crazy
I don't have any pictures. I have seen the combo on several homes I have
worked in over the years. In most cases the exit from the home was to the
deck and then down to a patio.
What are your reservations or questions?
What is the purpose of the deck? Why not extend the patio?
I don't understand why people build decks on ground level if they can have a
patio that does not require the maintenance that a deck entails, does not
make for places where rodents can hide, etc. If you have a steep drop off,
that would make some sense. If it is just to have a deck, it is silly, IMO.
If the floor level at the house is a couple of feet above grade, it's a
lot easier to take one step onto the deck than having a few steps.
It's also a nicer transition from inside to outside. Some people may
do it just to break things up.
As far as the rodents under the deck - get a terrier! ;)
Some folks prefer a wood deck surface over concrete, tile, stone or other
masonry-type product. Why give them grief about it? That and, in many
cases, it's a helluva lot easier to install a deck than the effort to
install a concrete pad. Especially in areas with freezing temps.
Grief? It is my opinion. (note the IMO above) Take it or leave it, agree
or not, I really don't care. Sometimes people don't think of alternatives
so I mention them. Decks have become "stylish" and are often installed in
stupid places. The OP asked for an opinion, so I gave one. I don't have to
look at it, install it, or maintain it, so I don't care what he does in the
As for the freezing areas, an improperly installed deck can get pretty out
of whack from frost heaves.
As can an improperly installed slab. The easy solution is proper
installation. Get the posts down below the frost line, etc.
However, FWIW, I also think a slab makes a lot more sense as it's a lot
easier to maintain. But wouldn't the world be boring if everybody built the
same thing? : )
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