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Categories to Consider Before Designing a Patio | Bethesda, MD

Oct 22, 2013 | Patios

Bethesda, MD

Like a deck, a patio allows you to take advantage of all that the great outdoors has to offer. Patios have matured from simple concrete slabs to refined outdoor rooms, ranging from brick courtyards to urban rooftops to luxurious poolside havens. Thus, a patio can be attached to a house or placed at a distance. Patios can accommodate a variety of activities, including (but not limited to) dining, recreation, and meditation practices. Your budget, lifestyle, and property dictate what type of patio will be most suitable and useful for you. Patios can be any different style you choose, but regardless of how you design a patio, the majority of them fall into one of the following categories.


Patio on Grade

A patio on grade is laid directly onto the level of the ground with no intervening steps from grass to patio. A fairly level site is required.


Raised Patio

A raised patio sits a few steps up from the surrounding yard and built so that one can go directly from the house onto the patio without any stairs. It is also used with a sloping yard where the first floor of the house is high above the surrounding grade.


Rooftop Patio

A rooftop patio is set on top of the flat-roofed portion of a house. The roof framing of the patio must be designed to support heavy patio materials, such as concrete and stone.


Poolside Patio

A poolside patio is the paved area immediately around the pool, and designed to withstand chlorinated water.


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Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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