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There are so many different materials to consider in your patio design. Again, you will want to see some examples in person to get a feel for what you like best. Here are some brief descriptions of some of the more popular patio materials:
Real Stone - Natural looking. Long lasting. Often expensive.
Stone Veneer - The benefits of real stone, but lighter and less expensive.
Brick - Very traditional, lasts a long time, can be new or "historical" bricks. Different patterns are possible. Not quite as expensive as stone.
Pavers - Man made. Can sometimes look manufactured. Generally easy installation. Less expensive.
Concrete (Stamped and Colored) - Very practical and increasingly popular. Often looks just like stone or bricks. Less expensive. Will probably need a professional with lots of experience to get the best-finished product.
Concrete (Plain) - Most affordable option. Not always the most aesthetically pleasing, but can always be spruced up with brick borders.
All of these are good materials to use in your patio design. Of course you can use a combination of materials too. Another thing to think about is the material's color. Darker means more heat absorption and warmth. Lighter means a cooler appearance, and glare can be a concern. Your final choice will come down to your vision and your budget.
There are extra additions you can add on you patio; You can add a fireplace a, cooking area, Fountains, waterfalls, and hot tubs.
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