Summer may have come to an end in Northeast Ohio, but that doesn’t mean the time you enjoy outdoors needs to just yet. Whether you are looking to relish in as many days as possible left to take in the fresh air or thinking about the endless hours you can spend gathered outside with friends and family next spring and summer, your home’s outdoor living space is likely top of mind. It doesn’t matter if you already have a space that needs a refresh or you are looking to add one, you have some decisions to make when it comes to what is best for your outdoor living space. One of the key decisions you'll need to make is whether to go with a deck or a patio when creating the perfect outdoor living space.
In this article we are going to review the differences between decks and patios and some benefits of each option. Both selections offer unique advantages and can greatly enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your outdoor area.
What’s the Difference Between a Deck and Patio?
Many people use the terms, “deck” and “patio” interchangeably, but they are actually different things.
Deck: A deck is an outdoor area that is raised and extends from a house or building. This elevated outdoor space is usually a platform-like structure constructed above the ground and supported by beams and posts.
Patio: A patio is a paved or concrete space, situated at ground level, usually adjoining the exterior of a house or building.
Both of these exterior home living areas create the home’s outdoor living space, with the main differences being that a deck is raised off the ground and typically made of wooden materials, and a patio is on the ground and generally made of some type of stone or concrete.
What’s Best for Your Outdoor Living Space: Deck or Patio?
As mentioned above, the main distinctions between a deck and a patio lies in their construction, materials used, and their location in relation to the ground. While they are both an exterior extension to your home, there are some key differences that are important to consider when deciding which one of the two is the best option for your outdoor living space. Let’s review.
While we have reviewed some of the main things to take into account when deciding what is best for your outdoor living space, you should also consider the style and size of your home, outdoor space, the main activities you want the structure to accommodate, what your budget is for the project, your local zoning laws, and what’s right for your home and family. When it comes to the decision of deck or patio, there are a lot of things to consider. Knowing the differences between the two and what characteristics and features are important to you will play a major role in your choice.
At Sanctus Builders our professionals can provide valuable guidance to help you determine the best option for your specific needs and budget. Your outdoor living space should be an extension of your home and we are here to ensure you love it just as much as the rest of your Northeast Ohio home.
From completely new covered patios, to custom fire pit builds and outdoor kitchens, and all season room additions, we are here for your outdoor living space and deck or patio remodeling projects. Contact us today to get started on your outdoor living space remodel or new addition.
With Labor Day upon us in a couple of weeks, you may be thinking about, well, laboring. Do you have the proper outdoor space to do so? The garage tends to be the perfect workspace for projects that you don’t want to take on inside your home, to limit the mess and disruption. If your garage is not up to par or large enough, you may be missing out. Not to mention, a home’s garage can serve many purposes other than just housing vehicles, it can make for the perfect additional living space, storage space, and so much more. How big should your garage be? Let’s review.
Average size of a Home Garage
While a residential garage has traditionally been defined as a walled, roofed structure for storing a vehicle or vehicles that may be part of or attached to a home ("attached garage"), or a separate outbuilding or shed ("detached garage"), that trend is changing and people are finding many other uses for this extra outdoor living space. The size of this structure, really depends on the homeowner and what they intend to use the space for.
The average size of a home garage in the United States can vary depending on multiple factors such as the location, age of the home, and local building regulations. Traditionally, a garage should be accommodating enough to house your vehicle or vehicles, while giving ample space to move in and out easily and to get in and out of the vehicle. The most common garage size is for two vehicles. The standard size for a two-car garage in the US is typically around 20 x 20 feet.
If you are looking for additional space or have a larger vehicle, you may want to have a 2.5 car garage or even more. Half car garages add additional square feet to the space. While there is not enough extra room for an additional vehicle, it can add room to allow for larger vehicles or additional uses. The size you decide to build your garage really depends on specific circumstances and personal preferences.
How to Determine the Right Size for Your Home Garage
If you are trying to decide on the right dimensions for your home's garage, you need to really understand what the space and local regulations will allow and what you intend to use it for. A garage can serve many purposes outside of just vehicle storage. Some include:
The list really could go on and on. It is always a good idea, when it comes to determining what size garage is best for your home, to make the space larger than you think you may need. If you have a family or lots of hobbies, the additional living and storage space can really come in handy and up your home exterior and property value.
When it comes to your Northeast Ohio home, whether you are looking at new construction, renovation, or adding a garage or another additional outdoor living space, the team at Sanctus Builders is here for you. We will take the time to get to know you and understand your needs, so we can help you every step of the way. We can help you determine how big your garage should be, so you can be sure you will love the space and get the most from it.
Contact us to get started today.