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Lighting Ideas for Patios and Decks in San Diego

Options for how to best light your patio or deck for safety and comfort.

Now that summer is coming to an end in San Diego, you can prolong the use of your patio and deck into the evening and night with lighting.  Fortunately, you have several options when it comes to lighting your patio or deck.  Here are some lighting ideas for patios and decks in San Diego.

What is the difference between a patio and deck?

While patios and decks are both outdoor structures, there are differences as pointed out in a previous blog postPatio is a Spanish word for courtyard of a house or building.  A courtyard is an open space surrounded by walls or buildings.  A patio differs from a courtyard in that it does not have to be surrounded by walls.  Like a courtyard, a patio is an open space that can be situated directly on the ground.

beautiful patio

Decks are mainly made of wood, a composite wood material or vinyl.  In many cases, they are elevated above ground entailing the use of steps or a stairwell.  Properly cared for, decks offer a warmth and beauty that is difficult to reproduce.  Like patios, decks can be freestanding or attached to a house.  They are often built to take advantage of a view and can be different levels.   When using steps or a stairwell, railings are highly recommended.

Beautiful deck

Composite decks have become a popular alternative to wood because composite decking is resistant to insects and will usually not warp or splinter like traditional wood.

Ceiling fan with lighting

During the summer months, your patio or deck may get very hot, especially if you are inland.  If you have a covering over your patio or deck, a ceiling fan with lights can do double duty to both light your patio or deck area and cool it down when it gets hot.

Patio with a ceiling fan

When selecting a fan, it is important to decide between those rated for damp or wet locations.  A fan rated for damp locations, means it rarely comes into contact with water aside from slight mist.  Ceiling fans rated for wet locations are designed to be well protected from water.  It should also be noted that choosing a ceiling fan not rated for outdoor use may result in a fan with bent blades that resemble a flower.

Additional considerations to make when selecting your ceiling fan include ceiling height, fan size, and color and style that complements the theme of your patio or deck.

Outdoor wall sconces

A sconce is a type of light fixture that is attached to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support.  Light is usually directed upwards but not always.  A sconce does have a base on the ground.

Deck with sconces

Sconces add a touch of beauty and elegance to a space by adding individual outdoor sconces on a deck post.  Depending on the size of your posts and the light being emitted, you have the choice of sconces having 1 to 3 lights.

Wall sconces can easily be mounted against posts to light the floor or dark areas of your deck.  It is important to make sure that both your lighting and fixture are rated for outdoor use.

You really want to use sconce lighting but don’t have posts around your patio or deck, no problem.  Sconces can be easily mounted to the wall siding your patio or deck.  This could be next to a back door opening to your patio or deck.  If you have a barbeque or eating area on your patio and deck, sconces lighting would also work great on a wall closest to your eating area or barbeque.

Motion activated lighting

Perhaps you only want lighting when there is a person in the area, you want to conserve electricity or need a lighted pathway through a dark part of your deck or patio.   Battery operated motion step lights are very simple to use and shut off automatically to prevent usage during the daytime.  When lighting stairs, it is important to direct the light to the stairwell and not elsewhere such as upwards towards traffic or to the surrounding area.

Pathway lighting

Adequate lighting for your patio or deck can also be a real safety issue.   Since many decks are above ground, steps or stairwells are an important part of the structure.  As a result, it is recommended to include lighting in your design if your patio or deck will be in a dark and heavily trafficked area.  When lighting stairs, it is important to direct the light to the stairwell and not elsewhere such as upwards towards traffic or to the surrounding area.

Pathway lighting

Pathway lighting is a great investment for either a patio or deck as they allow you, your family and visitors to navigate steps or a stairwell safely in the dark.  Your pathway lighting can be evenly spaced along the siding of your patio or deck, including stairs or placed as needed around your deck or patio space.

Patio string lights

People have long said that there is something romantic about string lights over a patio or deck at night.  Permanent string lights are available that are designed to withstand the elements over an extended period of time.  They can be extended over your patio or deck, draped from your roof or wrapped around posts and surrounding trees.

Patio with string lights

Both strong and subtle patio string lights are available.  Strong patio lights are perfect when you want to provide lighting to the entire area whereas subtle lights are perfect when you want weak lighting under a patio umbrella for example to create a romantic dining environment.

Closing thoughts

While ceiling fans, sconces, pathway lighting, or string lights will work well with either a patio or deck, some may work better with one more than the other.  The team at Republic Construction Inc. is happy to help you explore lighting options for your patio or deck.  If you have questions, need information or would like to explore lighting options for your patio or deck, contact us or call (760) 419-5552.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a general contractor in San Diego.  We specialize in patios and decks and proudly service the communities of Point Loma, Pacific BeachMission BeachLa JollaDel MarFairbanks RanchEncinitasSolana BeachCarlsbadOceanside, and the rest of San Diego County.

Republic Construction Inc. services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing
Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

 

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Spanish Patio and Courtyard Ideas for San Diego

San Diego is famous around the World for its weather.  San Diego is also famous in some circles for it’s influence on Spanish architecture.

The Birthplace of Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture

Spanish architecture as an architectural stylistic movement in the United States can be traced back to the Panama-California exposition of 1915 in San Diego.  The Panama-California Exposition was held in Balboa Park between January 1, 1915 and January 17, 1917.  It was meant to tout San Diego as the first US port of call for ships travelling north after passing westward through the canal .

Architectural elements of Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture

Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture became an architectural style movement from 1915 to 1931 that started in California and Florida.  Architectural elements that characterize Spanish Colonial Revival architecture include:

  • Curves and arches
  • White stucco exterior and walls
  • Painted tile
  • Terracotta roof tiles
  • Tower like chimneys
  • Balconies
  • Ornamental iron work
  • Courtyards and patios
  • Arcades

Spanish Courtyards and Patios

Since we, Republic Construction Inc. of San Diego specialize in patios and decks, I am going to focus on Spanish style patios.

While there is no shortage of beautiful examples of Spanish architecture in San Diego, I have recently had clients ask me for patio ideas that would work for home in San Diego.  In doing research, I found several examples of Spanish patios that really stood in their beauty and how well they would work in several communities throughout San Diego including homes and communities in La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, and other San Diego Cities

Spanish-style Patios

Spanish-style patios are characterized by the use of tile, brick or flagstone flooring.  Walls can are often made of stucco or brick and can have integrated seating, a fireplace or planters.

Among some of the higher-end properties with Spanish-style patios or decks, homeowners will incorporate an outdoor kitchen or cabinets that also have a Spanish theme.

Many of the covered Spanish-style patios that we see either have wood covering as illustrated in the example below.

Spanish Patio example

Many luxury Spanish style homes will often have covered patios under arched ceilings that are characteristic of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.  These structures will often have the terracotta roof tiles that are also characteristic of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.  The patio below has an integrated outdoor kitchen which is perfect for entertaining.

Covered Spanish patio

Many of the Spanish style patios that we see rely on extensive use of plants for decorative purposes.  Plantings within terracotta pots are quite popular as are integrated planters as illustrated below.

Spanish style patio

Spanish-style Courtyards

A courtyard is an area without a roof that is completely or mostly enclosed by the walls of a building.  Courtyards and patios are characteristic elements of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

Many Spanish-style courtyards and patios that we come across share many similar features including tiled or brick flooring, stucco walls, and the extensive use of plantings for decoration.

Often times because open Spanish-style patios are set within beautiful landscapes such as coastal settings, the reliance upon plants and vegetation for decorative purposes will not be as apparent as with Spanish-style courtyards.  Since beautiful scenery is lacking with courtyards because of use of walls, much effort will be made to beautify the open area with plants and vegetation.  As a result, it is common to see lush landscaping in Spanish-style courtyards within both integrated planters and terracotta pots.

Mediterranean patio

The Spanish-style courtyard below uses large tiles as flooring and pink stucco walls with an integrated fountain.  It also has plantings in terracotta pots and vines growing on the wall.

Spanish influenced patio

Spanish-style courtyards and patios do not need to be fancy to function as a beautiful and practical setting.  The patio setting below works very well with simple brick flooring, white stucco walls and integrated planters that can also providing seating.  The use of a simple table and wood bench works to make the area functional.

Small Spanish Patio

The Spanish-style courtyard in the setting below does is very simple in that one wall incorporates a large brick wall between two white stucco walls.  It also features large brick tiles as flooring and relies on extensive use of plants and vegetation for decorative purposes.  Consistent with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, a wood door is used to provide access between the Courtyard and the outside World.

The usability of the area below can be greatly increased with Spanish-style furniture such as a wood table, seating and benches.

Typical Spanish Courtyard

Patios and courtyards that are not Spanish-style

Beautiful patios and courtyards are not limited to only Spanish-style architecture.  Persian-inspired courtyards and Mediterranean patios share many of the same architectural elements with Spanish-style architecture.  This includes the use of bricks and tiles, arches, stucco walls in the case of Mediterranean architecture.

The two architectural styles below both feature the use of plants and vegetation in terracotta pots as a decorative highlight.

Mediterranean courtyard

A big difference between Mediterranean patios and Spanish-style architecture seems to be the use of pastels and lighter colors in the case of Mediterranean architecture.  In the example below with Mediterranean patio, it has all of the same timeless elements that you would find with a Spanish-style patio.

Mediterranean patio

Conclusion

Spanish-style patios and courtyards can provide a timeless and beautiful living space in many homes within the many communities within San Diego County.  With the use of Spanish-style furniture and plants in either integrated planters or terracotta pots, a courtyard or patio can be converted into a practical and beautiful setting within your home.

We are experts in patios and decks throughout San Diego.  Republic Construction Inc. is available to help you design a Spanish-style courtyard or patio in your home or business.

Contact us today or call (760) 419-5552 to discuss your project today.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a general contractor in San Diego.  We specialize in patios and decks and proudly service the communities of Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the rest of San Diego County.

Republic Construction Inc. services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing
Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

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Top Trends for Decks in San Diego in 2015

Interest in decks made of composite materials and multi-level decks continues to increase in San Diego

San Diego is known around the World for our fabulous weather and beautiful coastline amongst other things.  As a result, it would be expected that there are many properties in San Diego that have world-class patios and decks or are the perfect setting for a beautiful deck.

We at Republic Construction Inc. specialize in patios and decks.  They make up most of our business and have done so for many years.  As a result, we wanted to share the trends that we are seeing in San Diego as it pertains to decks.  This blog post looks at the top trends for decks in San Diego in 2015.

Most of the trends we are seeing pertain to decks in San Diego revolve around composite material decking.  Related trends are curved designs and colored decking, specifically gray decks.  Curved designs and non-wood colors can be difficult and costly to realize with traditional wood deck materials.

 Composite Decks

People with whom we speak with have been asking about composite material decks over traditional wood decks for the past couple of years now.  Composite deck material is often made of a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers and offers advantages over traditional wood decking.

Composite material deck

Lower maintenance over traditional wood is one reason for increase in popularity of composite deck material.  You don’t typically have to stain or maintain composite material decking as you do would with a wood deck.  Additionally, some woods are susceptible to splintering, warping and cracking without proper maintenance.  Homeowners do not experience these problems with decks made of composite material.

We have been seeing the popularity of composite material decks increasing over the past couple of years now.  We expect this trend to continue going forward.

Colored Decks

One of the benefits associated with composite decks is that composite deck materials are available in different colors other than brown or beige.  The most popular non-wood color is gray.  While composite deck manufacturers offer traditional lumber and exotic wood patterns, more people seem to be asking about non-wood colors such as different shades of gray.  Charcoals shades of gray seem to the be the most popular non-wood colored deck material.

Gray composite deck

Along the same lines of colored deck material, people are asking about two toned decking board within composite.  Instead of just one solid color, people are looking at hardwood themed composites that will consist of two or three different colors just like you would see with oak or mahogany wood.  Interest in wood-patterns applies to both wood-colored and gray composite deck materials.

Common deck accessories  such as railings, handrails, gates, and posts for deck lighting are also available in the same colors, shades, and materials as the composite material planks that are becoming increasingly popular.  The end results are beautiful color-coordinated decks that are built for both beauty, utility and safety.

Curved Decks

Related to increase in popularity of composite decks, people are asking for curved deck designs.  Composite deck material can be heated and because of the plastic component, it can be transformed into many different shapes including curves and designs.  When the composite deck material cools, it maintains the same shape as when heated.  As a result, we are seeing curved deck designs that were are very costly and difficult to achieve with traditional lumber.

Curved design deck

Many of the people who are asking about decks made of composite materials are also interested in curved deck designs.

Multi-level decks

People seem to be increasingly steering away from single level wood decks.  More people seem to be asking for multi-level deck which is not the same thing as a multi-story deck.  A multi-level deck is a deck with two connected entertainment areas whereas a multi-story deck has two separate entertainment decks, often times with one entertainment above or below a second entertainment deck.

Multi-level deck

 

Multi-level decks allow guests on a main deck to easily interact with guests on another level.  Additionally, multi-level decks allow for more flexible designs than a single-level deck and offers more flexibility in terms of working with the contours of the underlying land.

Lighting Changes

Lighting has always been an important component of a deck project for many people.  Clients are moving away from lighting above the deck using poles and other temporary solutions to more permanent in-deck solutions.

In-deck lighting

People are increasingly asking for more permanent solutions installed within the deck itself.  Accented lighting has become important.  This is lighting that accents a design element of the deck itself.  It can be the deck, steps within the deck, unique designs, walls or poles surrounding the deck.

While always important, design and aesthetics seems to have become even more important and attainable with the composite deck materials we have to work with.

New lighting options do not necessarily have to add significant costs to the project.  Solar and low-voltage lighting options will only nominally increase the cost of the project.

Costs

Composite material decks are a bit more expensive than traditional wood decks.  We are seeing composite material decks cost between 10 and 20% more money than traditional wood decks of equivalent size.   However, composite material decks don’t have the maintenance expense that comes with wood panel decks.  Decks made of composite material do not have to be refinished and cleaned as is recommended with traditional wood decks.

Conclusion

While, we still see a lot of interest in traditional wood decks, interest in decks made of composite materials is increasing.  We don’t think that this trend is going to change in the near future.

Trends we have seen increase in popularity in 2015 are:

  • Composite decks
  • Related to composite decks, colored decks
  • Also related to composite decks, curved design decks
  • Multi-level decks, and
  • Changes in deck lighting

These trends are likely to continue going into 2016.  At the same time, we are monitoring the market place and will report what we are seeing in future blog posts.

If you have questions about wood decks or composite material decks and which is best for your project, contact us or call us (760) 419-5552.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a general contractor in San Diego.  We specialize in patios and decks and proudly service the communities of Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the rest of San Diego County.

Republic Construction Inc. services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing
Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

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How to Prepare Your Patio or Deck for Winter

Strong El Nino weather conditions expected for San Diego

This coming winter, weather forecasters are expecting strong El Nino weather conditions  for San Diego and the rest of Southern California.  How to prepare your patio or deck for winter?  This is a question that many of our clients have been asking us.

El Nino is defined by a prolonged warming of the Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures when compared with historical average temperature readings.  This anomaly typically happens at irregular intervals of two to seven years, and lasts nine months to two years.

Map of El Nino 2015

El Nino in San Diego

El Nino weather conditions impact weather patterns around the World.  In the United States, El Nino causes warmer and drier than average winters in the Northwest, Northern Midwest and upper Northeast United States.  Significantly wetter winters are present in Northwest Mexico and the southwest United States, including central and southern California.

Earlier this month, experts started to predict that El Nino weather conditions this winter in California could exceed historical records.  Over the last few months, sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean have soared to more than 1.2 degrees Celcius.  There were other atmospheric changes such as a large warm area that has moved eastward.  As a result, these same experts are predicting that there is a 90 percent chance that El Nino weather conditions will persist through the Fall and Winter months.  When it peaks, signs are indicating that it could be a very strong event, potentially exceeding El Nino weather events tracked since the 1950s.

There is a very good chance that El Nino weather conditions may impact communities, homes and businesses throughout San Diego and Southern California.  San Diego emergency officials announced preparation plans for a strong El Nino on August 10, 2015.

Mission Beach flooded

Many of our clients throughout San Diego have been asking us about what they can do to prepare their patios and decks for El Nino this winter.  Here is some of the information we have been giving them.

Prepare your patio or deck for a wet winter

As a homeowner in San Diego with a patio or deck, there are several things you can do to prepare for a wet winter as a result of El Nino weather conditions.   The first thing you can do it store or secure your patio or deck furniture.  With the possibility of high winds and flooding, unsecured patio furniture can be thrown against your home, your patio or deck or elsewhere in your backyard, causing damage to not only the furniture itself but also to surrounding structures.

If your patio has drainage, be sure to keep drainage systems open as clogged drains can cause flooding.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prepare your patio or deck for a wet winter.

  1. Thoroughly clean it
    The first thing to do to prepare your patio or deck for winter is to clean it thoroughly. Make sure to remove all of the dirt, fungus, mildew, algae, rust stains and anything else that has accumulated over time on your patio or deck.
  2. Repair any damaged boards or areas
    When cleaning, look for damaged areas such as rotting wood or exposed areas.  With wet weather, such damaged areas are likely in increase in size leading to growing repair costs.  Replace rotting or damaged boards and fix any damaged areas.  Addressing such damage at this point reduces repair costs down the road and prolongs the life of your patio or deck.
  3. Reapply Finish and Stain
    If you removed finish that was deteriorating or bad, you will need to replace it in order and keep your deck or patio looking best.
  4. Apply a water seal
    After you have applied a finish or stain, you should seal your deck or patio with a water repellant. This will enable your patio or deck to withstand the water and moisture it will endure throughout the summer months.  If you choose to not apply a water seal, the wood surface may start to crack and become warped resulting in possible damage and additional repair costs down the road.

Closing Thoughts

While it may take a bit of time and money to prepare your patio or deck for a wet winter in San Diego, it will not cost a lot of money to purchase the products needed to properly clean or seal your patio or deck.

In our experience, the time and money you spend to prepare your patio or deck for a wet winter, will be time and money well spent when your patio or deck looks great in the Spring.

Wood-Deck-Republic-Const-In

If you are busy or don’t want to deal with the work involved in preparing your patio or deck, consider giving us a call at (760) 419-5552.  We are patio and deck experts that can help you protect your patio or deck from El Nino weather conditions predicted for San Diego, but also any other possible patio or deck issue you can encounter.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a general contractor in San Diego.  We specialize in patios and decks and proudly service the communities of Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the rest of San Diego County.

Republic Construction Inc. services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing
Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

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What is the difference between a patio and a deck?

Which is best may depend upon where  you live in San Diego

San Diego is known World-wide for our fabulous weather.  For that reason, a patio or deck is a great investment for most San Diego homeowners.  As patio and deck experts in San Diego, two of the most popular questions we receive from homeowners and clients are:

  1. What is the difference between a patio and a deck?
  2. Which one is best for us?

The answer to this question is going to depend on several factors, some of which have to do with where in San Diego you live.  In coastal communities such as parts of La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Carlsbad, one type of outdoor structure will be a better solution than if you live in an inland San Diego community.

Before we can discuss which structure is best for which San Diego communities, we need to define a patio and deck.

What is a patio?

A patio is a Latin word and is defined as an area, usually paved, adjoining a house and used as an area for outdoor landing, dining, etc .   A patio is similar to a courtyard in that it is not surrounded by four walls.

Patio in San Diego - Republic Construction Inc

Patios can be attached or detached from a home and are often designed and oriented with the surrounding landscape in mind.

Patios can be any shape and made of a wide variety of materials including brick, tile, stone, pavers, pea gravel or rock.  They are often set on a concrete slab or a pebble or sand base.  Patios are also built at or around ground level and, as a result, do not require safety railings.

Carmel Valley Patio with Fireplace

What is a deck?

Decks are primarily made of wood or a composite wood-like material such as vinyl.  Popular woods for making decks include cedar, redwood and pressure-treated pine.  When properly cared for, wood decks can offer a beauty and warmth for many years.

Deck with lights on water

Like a patio, decks can be freestanding or part of a structure.  Many decks are often built to take advantage of a view and are elevated.  As a result, many decks have railings.  The railings are many times made of wood but can also be made of other materials such as metal or glass.

Certain types of woods are composite decking are resistant to pests and insects.  When treated correctly, decks won’t splinter or warp for a long period of time.  However, to maximize the useful life of your deck, routine maintenance and care is recommended.

Deck overlooking garden

Patios vs. decks, a cost comparison.

Generally speaking, patios are usually cheaper than decks.  However, the cost of the project will depend on several factors including:

  • Location of the addition (on the ground without supports or above ground, on the house with a door).
  • Materials used (concrete, wood, vinyl).
  • Size of the addition
  • Included features such as a built-in barbecue, seating, railings and support.

A second factor to consider when choosing a patio or a deck that greatly impacts the final price, is the slope of the yard in which you plan to place the patio or deck.  Most patios are placed on or in the ground.  As a result, patios are best on a level surface.  Flattening a sloped area for a patio can double or triple the cost of your new addition.

On a sloped surface, a deck may be the best choice because many decks are above ground and can be built on uneven ground.

Which is best for your needs?

In addition to the cost, you will need to determine which outdoor addition will work best for the purpose that you hope to use it for.  Is landscaping important and do you want to incorporate trees, shrubs, and flowers into your design?  If yes, a patio may be your best solution.

Is the space where you want to put your patio separate from the main structure?  Again, a patio may be the best option because the foundation can be placed away from the house or structure.

Do you have an in-ground pool and do you want to create a space around an area in which to gather, cook out or relax?  Again, a patio may be your best option here.

Do you have a view that you want to spotlight?  If yes, a deck might be your best option.  Many decks are built above-ground and can offer a wider visual range.  Decks are also ideal when looking to build in an area that is sloped, uneven, or on a hill.  Since many decks are built above-ground, stairs and railings need to be factored into the project.  Most stairs we have seen are made from the same type of wood as the deck itself while rails we have worked with have been made of not only wood but also glass and metal.

Patios vs. Decks in San Diego

San Diego has been blessed with some of the best climate in the World.  As a result, outdoor patios and decks are a very good investment for many San Diego homeowners.  If your property is located in one of the Coastal communities, has a beautiful view you want to optimize, and is built on a sloped surface like many residences in La Jolla, Del Mar, Encinitas, and parts of Solana Beach, a deck may be the best solution for your needs.

If your property is in an inland community and built on a level surface, then a patio may be your best option.  If you want to integrate your garden or in-ground pool into your design, then a patio may best fit your needs.

If you have questions about whether a patio or deck is best for your situation, have a project you would like to discuss or need more information, contact us or call (760) 419-5552 today.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a general contractor in San Diego.  We specialize in patios and decks and proudly service the communities of Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and the rest of San Diego County.

Republic Construction Inc. services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing
Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

 

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10 Beautiful Patios for Small Spaces

Patios for small spaces can also be beautiful

Beautiful patios do not have to be large to work.  It is possible to design and build stunning patios for small spaces that have the same effect as a large patio with a gorgeous vista.  In our last blog post, we profiled ten stunning patios and decks that had amazing views.  In this blog post, we profile patios that were built in small, enclosed areas that work to completely transform the area from a yard with minimal use to a completely functionality outdoor living area that in some cases, is an extension of the indoor living area.

While there are many large properties with amazing views all throughout San Diego, especially in La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and to a degree Encinitas, and Carlsbad, there are many more residences with very limited to no views in smaller spaces that can be just as transformed with the addition of a beautiful patio.   This includes to a degree many of the homes in the communities of Point Loma, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach.  The patios profiled below work wonderfully to transform in what could be a small, grass-covered backyard with minimal uses into a stunning outdoor living area that has many different uses.

A second notable benefit to the patio designs profiled here is that by replacing lawns and small gardens, these spaces are transformed into drought-resistant uses and settings that do their part to reduce water use.  At the time of this writing, California is in the midst of a historic drought.  Any type of landscape that requires minimal to any water will have an impact.

1. Private Patio in a small space

The patio shown below transforms a small, enclosed space into a beautiful, private area that can serve many different purposes.  The setting below appears to consist primarily of concrete, rocks, patio furniture, an umbrella, and large planters surrounding by a small number of shrubs and fruit trees within rocks.  Everything works together very well to transform the space into an outdoor extension of the indoor living

Small Private Patio

2. Small Patio with Canyon Views

The patio below is perfect for a small area with a view.  The view can be an ocean view, city view or canyon view.  The materials used include a concrete pad, concrete pavers, a concrete wall with an integrated wood bench and a barbecue.  This setting works to transform an area that may be otherwise unusable into a perfect party setting for a small group of your closest friends.

Patio with Canyon Views

3. Above ground wood deck surrounding pool area

The example below is brilliant in its execution.  This patio features an above ground spa, Jacuzzi, or stationary lap pool.  It also features an integrated living area complete with a table and pillows.  The entire setting does a fabulous job of integrating both the water area and tree into the wood deck.  While this patio setting does not use concrete, it shows that wood can work as an alternative to concrete or gravel in certain settings.

Above Ground Deck

4. Multi-level concrete patio with integrated seating and flagstone walls

The example below has large concrete pavers on the lower level with integrated concrete seating, all within a small garden area.  The top level is also made of concrete and has a wood and glass protective railing.  The garden area is also multi-level with planters constructed of flagstone.  The centerpiece of this patio setting is the walled fire pit with one side having a full-length circular wall, also made of flagstone.

This particular design does a tremendous job in my mind of completely transforming  the area into a stylish and functional living area.

Multi Level Concrete Patio

5. Concrete patio in a drought resistant garden with concrete planters

The example below beautifully illustrates how a patio can be used as a way to make a backyard space into an open, drought-resistant living space.  This patio features a concrete pad with an integrated concrete planter surrounding by drought resistant landscape.

Concrete patio in drought resistant garden

6. Covered-patio

This particular example is a bit different than the other patios profiled in this post.  However, I really like all that was done in a relatively small area.  The matching wooden gate with the bottom of the patio cover creates a striking contrast to the rest to the surrounding area that works to create a very simple yet complex living area.  The integration of the chandelier and integrated lighting work to make an area that is usable 24 hours a day.

Beautiful covered patio

7. Fully-enclosed patio

This particular patio is very successful in converting an outdoor area into an extension of the indoor area.  This is accomplished with the wrap-around outdoor couch and coffee table.  I also particularly like the integration of the vegetation into the patio and the use of the potted plants.

Fully enclosed patio

 

8. Open patio and living area

This particular example is perfect example of a patio that will work in an older and smaller backyard.  This could have easily have been a dried up back yard but instead was converted into an outside living area with the addition of a small in-ground fountain, concrete pavers and pebble in-fill.  The outdoor furniture completes the transition to an outdoor living room

Open patio

 

9. Partially enclosed patio and living area

This particular patio features concrete pavers with grass growing between the pavers.  The seating area around the outside of the patio is made of the same wood and is painted to match the house.  The seating area is also cushioned and is broken up with the use of a painted concrete planter.  The most interesting feature about the patio below is the wooden structure over the patio area giving the appearance of a roof.  One could also add a sliding roof structure on rails using the design below to make the patio area truly convertible.

Partially enclosed patio

10. Open patio as art

The patio area below seems to serve artistic purposes over utility but is nonetheless, very well executed.  The patio area has a concrete border around the patio with a gravel infill.  The small shrubs surrounding the patio area work to frame the area.  The center piece of the patio area is of course the chrome sphere in the center of the area.  The two cushioned chairs work to transition the area from art to a living area.  Lastly, the angular features of the patio area and shrubs work very well with the angles of the Spanish-themed house.

Open patio as art

Conclusion

I hope that the patio areas profile here show that one does not need an expansive area with spectacular views to create a beautiful patio area that works.  Most of the patio areas are within small enclosed areas and work to completely transform the small backyard into a functional outdoor living area that is in many cases an extension of the indoor living area.

A second benefit to the patio designs profiled is that many of the gardens are drought resistant.  By removing vegetation and replacing it with concrete and rocks, water consumption is further reduced.  This is especially important now that San Diego and the rest of California are suffering the worst drought in the history of the area.

We would like to hear your comments on the patios profiled above.  Contact us or call (760) 419-5552 with questions or to request information about your patio or deck.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a licensed general contractor specializing in decks and patios in the San Diego communities of Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Solana BeachEncinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

Republic Construction Inc., services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing

Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home Remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

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Patio and Deck Ideas for San Diego – June 2015

San Diego is the perfect place for a beautiful patio or deck for your home.  We have some of the best weather in the world where it is sunny and mild year round.  We also have some amazing coastline and views that combined with the weather make a patio or deck a necessity for your home.

We have scoured the Internet looking for beautiful patios and deck ideas for San Diego homes.  When looking, we tried to focus on patios and decks that would work best for many of the style of properties in various San Diego communities such as La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.   The examples below were selected because of their style, design, originality, elegance, and execution.

Tuscan Style Patio

The example below has a strong Tuscan influence and features beautiful flagstone flooring with a wood ceiling and tile roof.  The hanging chandelier is a particularly elegant touch that works to give this patio strong romantic flair.

This particular patio design would be complementary to some of the Tuscan-themed homes and developments in Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas.

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Contemporary Modern Patio

This striking contemporary patio has flagstone flooring with rock sidings giving the area a lovely natural feel.  Surrounding the pool area is a steel and glass railing which contrasts nicely with the natural flooring and sliding.

Contemporary Patio - Republic Construction San Diego

Simple and Elegant Patio

This patio is striking in its simplicity and elegance. It features a concrete and pebble flooring with a partial inlaid wood ceiling and matching wood deck surrounding the spa. The pool is an infinity pool with a steel and wire railing surrounding the spa area.

Simple and Elegant Patio - Republic Construction San Diego

Beautiful Deck and Garden

This deck has natural wood flooring with one side of the enclosed area featuring the same type of wood. The three other sides of the deck are inlaid with flagstone and steel tubing providing railing that surrounds the entire deck area. The steel tube railing while the railing surrounding the entire deck area has steel tubing inlaid which creates a striking contrast with the natural materials.

This particular style of patio and deck would be amazing in some of the homes surrounding the lagoons in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Oceanside.

Natural Deck - Republic Construction San Diego

Gorgeous Wood Deck

This wood deck is beautifully integrated into the forested surroundings of this property. The wood is sanded into a smooth surface and constructed into a visually appealing symmetrical pattern.

Gorgeous Wood Deck - Republic Construction San Diego

Partially Enclosed Wood Patio

This partially enclosed patio and deck features a light colored wood flooring with a nearly full-length glass enclosure and wood ceiling with recessed lighting. Visitors step down into the deck area which is made of slightly darker grained wood. To create a natural border between the patio and deck, there are wood planters made of the same wood as the deck area. This patio and deck area is absolutely stunning.

Partially covered wood patio - Republic Construction San Diego

Stunning Natural Wood Deck

This particular deck really stands out in how it has been integrated into the surrounding landscape, specifically the tree. The dark polished wood deck showcases the texture and color of the tree in addition to the other natural elements. This particular design would be ideal for properties in the hills and semi-rural communities of La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, Ocean Side and inland North County

Forest Deck Pool - Republic Construction San Diego

Forest Deck house - Republic Construction San Diego

Amazing Patio with Ocean Views

This particular patio area is along the lines of many of the homes that we see along the Coast in the communities of La Jolla and Del Mar. The patio area is made flagstone and the integrated ceiling overhang features recessed lighting making it perfect for cool summer evenings.

Patio with Ocean Views - Republic Construction San Diego

Flagstone Patio with Wooden Trestle Cover

This covered patio area has flagstone flooring with the roof area supported by large beams. There is also an integrated bar and kitchen complete with barbeque that is integrated into the wall of the building. This particular set up is perfect for entertaining or barbecuing any time of the year in San Diego.

Patio with Wood Roof - Republic Construction San Diego

This covered patio features a brick flooring, flagstone and wood sidings and wood ceiling. The patio openings are protected with painted steel and glass railings. It also features a kitchen area for evening barbeques.

Evening Patio - Republic Construction San Diego

Conclusion

We really hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as we enjoyed making it. The team at Republic Construction Inc. has the knowledge and experience to design and construct patios or decks similar to the ones posted in this blog post.

Please contact us or call (760) 419-5552 if you have any questions, need information, or discuss your patio and deck plans.

About Republic Construction Inc.

Republic Construction Inc. is a licensed general contractor specializing in decks and patios in the San Diego communities of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

Republic Construction Inc., services include:

Deck Design
Deck Refinishing

Deck Repair
Deck Waterproofing
Flagstone Installation
Home Remodeling
Patio Covers
Patio Design
Pedestrian Walkways
New Construction

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