Patios and decks are becoming important extensions of a home’s living space, and depending on your lifestyle, may be invaluable for group entertaining. When planning an outdoor living room, the view from the house is often important, whereas for outdoor kitchens and BBQ stations, ease of access is the key factor. If you’re planning separate areas for sunbathing and shade, be sure to note the sun angles around trees and buildings at different times of day.
Multi-level decks may accommodate changes in elevation and glass panel railings may help to comply with Toronto’s 4-side fence requirement. Other important considerations include low maintenance materials and special drainage systems. If your budget doesn’t allow for everything to be done right now, request a plan that allows for completion in stages.
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