Choosing Deck & Patio Materials to Create Your Outdoor Oasis

Deck or Patio

Whether you go with a deck or patio, the right materials can make all the difference in making it the go-to space of your custom home this spring!

With the arrival of spring, many of us look forward to the return of outdoor living for dining, relaxing, and entertaining.  Whether you long for a quiet seating area or wish to plan a summer party, an outdoor hardscape provides an extension of your home’s living area.  And while having a new custom home built by Columbia Builders, we can help plan for your future outdoor spaces, or incorporate a deck and patio into your home’s design!  Consider these popular choices for hardscape materials when designing your deck or patio (or both!)


The choice here is between wood or composite decking.  Composite boards and vinyl railings are now the materials of choice for folks who do not want the upkeep of staining, painting, or sealing – and replacing wood decking components.  Composite boards are splinter free, resistant to insects, and nearly maintenance free.  In addition, they are available in a variety of colors to coordinate with your home’s exterior.  Although composites are easier to maintain, they are a more costly option than natural wood.   If budget is a consideration, and you don’t mind doing some regular maintenance, wood decking may be your best bet.


Hardscape materials for patios abound!  Brick pavers, stamped concrete and bluestone offer durability and work with contemporary and traditional design plans.  Let’s review the advantages and disadvantages of these popular options.

  • Brick pavers create an informal feel to your space and are ideal for curved patios and garden paths. Available in different colors and shapes, with the ability to be laid in geometric patterns, it is easy to achieve a custom look to your patio.  Pavers can be a do-it-yourself project, but proper site preparation is a must.
  • For a more contemporary flair, consider stamped concrete. Long lasting and strong, stamped concrete offers a wide range of colors and patterns.  A bonus?  Virtually any shape is possible, making this an excellent choice for a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space.  The downside is that concrete surfaces often crack, requiring repair.
  • With its soft gray and blue hues, bluestone naturally complements plantings and green spaces. It’s a classic, traditional choice for patios, walkways, porches and even stepping stones.  Available in a broad range of sizes, bluestone can be cut to fit your design.  It’s an expensive option, though, requiring careful and professional installation.

Design and Build Your Dream Home with Columbia Builders!

Columbia Builders is the home builder of choice in Howard County, offering homes in Ellicott City, Elkridge, Laurel, Columbia, Marriottsville, Fulton, Clarksville, Dayton, and Brookeville.  No matter what the size and scope of your project, we have the skills, experience, and resources needed to bring your vision to life. We offer a level of customization that is truly unmatched and are committed to using materials and craftsmen of the highest quality, so you can trust that your new home is built to last.

If you’re ready to invest in a home that is built with your needs in mind, trust in us. Give Columbia Builders a call today at 410-730-0215 or use our contact form here.  You can also keep up with us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+Houzz, and Youtube, and don’t forget to check back on our blog for more tips and information!

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