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Building a Deck or Patio

Posted by Daniel Mizrahi on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Most of us love the idea of a beautiful deck or patio. Patios and decks are wonderful places to gather with friends, eat good food, and enjoy beautiful Southern California weather. When planning or building a deck or patio, it is helpful to think through the features that you may want to include in your project.

Popular features for decks and patios

There are many features that can take your patio or deck from nice to knock-out. Here are some popular options for making your outdoors a marvelous place to hang out.


Water is essential for human life. Water is also a key feature to make your deck or patio a desirable place to relax. Water can be incorporated in many ways into your plans for your patio or deck. If your space is limited, you can have the ambiance of water by building a fountain or small waterfall into your patio. Other ways that water can be incorporated into your patio plans are a small koi pond, a hot tub, or of course you can have your patio beside your pool.  If your patio or deck is integrated with a pool, it can be a gathering place that will draw your friends and family to your backyard.



Food is another essential of life—and also certainly another essential for social gatherings and relaxation. When building a deck or patio, you will want to give some thought to the best way to prepare and serve food. Whether you’re a grill-master, interested in a stone oven for pizzas, or love hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick over the fire, ask your contractor about the best designs to make your outdoor food preparation delightful.


Nothing is more inviting than tasteful and comfortable outdoor seating. The planning stage for your patio or deck is the time to consider what kind of seating you would like, where it should go, and whether you want any of it built-in.  Tell your building contractor if you are interested in a built-in bench, hammock stand, or other creative seating ideas.


Another important feature to consider as you are building a deck or patio is lighting. Well-planned lighting can make your patio or deck both more useful after dark and more beautiful. Whether you love tiki torches, strings of lights, or wall mounted outdoor lights, your building contractor will know how to plan for safety and electricity so that you can have gorgeous lighting where you want it.


Deck and Patio Experts in the Los Angeles Area

If you are considering building a deck or patio, Open Hand Remodeling is a professional design and build firm who is available to serve you. We are committed to being honest and affordable, and to excellent communication throughout your building project. Our experienced builders will work with you through the process of planning and building a deck or patio, focusing on your complete satisfaction. Open Hand Remodeling also offers full remodeling services, as well as complete landscaping and hardscaping. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. You can also click here to schedule a free estimate and start your deck or patio project today!

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Open Hand Remodeling Co., Building Contractors, Pasadena, CA