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Decorative concrete patios are becoming more popular as the trend of luxurious outdoor living continues to grow.  Pavers and wood decks have their place, but patios built with concrete are often times the best choice.

From stamping to integrally colored exposed aggregate, you would be amazed at what can be done with concrete!  There is almost no limit to size and shape either. What is it that makes concrete a wise decision?  There are several factors that contribute to its popularity.


Concrete can be smooth, broomed, stained, integrally colored, scored, or stamped and patterned to look like other materials such as stone and brick.  The cement can also be washed away to create an exposed aggregate finish.  The versatility of concrete is unmatched by any other material.


The cost of installation is relatively inexpensive when compared with other material such as pavers and stones.  It is also usually less expensive than wood decks which have higher material and labor costs.


Concrete requires less maintenance than decks and pavers.  Resealing a deck can consume a lot of time and the joints of pavers and stone have to continuously be refilled with sand and treated for grass and weeds.


Concrete is one of the most durable building materials.  When installed correctly, concrete will outlast any deck and is resistant to uneven settlement that stones and pavers are subject to.

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Outdoor Fireplace

An outdoor fireplace creates a comfortable living space and extends the seasons.

One of the hottest trends in outdoor living spaces is a patio fireplace. It’s not surprising an outdoor fireplace is an exciting gathering place when you are entertaining friends and family. Our in-house design team can provide concept renderings of your new outdoor space and a beautifully designed custom fireplace is a great focal point. An outdoor fireplace is also a great way to extend the seasons, allowing you to enjoy your patio by a month or longer. Many shapes, sizes and textures are available to suit any need. Custom accented hearth and chimney pieces, and mantles provide a very exquisite, traditional look. Seating walls are a great way to add a bit of coziness and provide more seating area. A built in grill is another way to gain concentration to an area. With the talent at RA Building & Design, and a solid plan, you can bring all the elements of the indoor essentials outdoors.

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Fireplaces warm up any outdoor space, creating the perfect gathering place. 

Pictured left to right:  an open-air porch with fireplace,
an outdoor wrap-around porch with cozy fireplace,
multi-level deck with fireplace and stone wall with lighting,
deck with fireplace and built-in grill and accent lighting.