What do potato chips and outdoor living structures have in common?

The ultimate backyard room

The ultimate backyard in Xenia, Ohio is also the ultimate outdoor living combination space.

There is no denying the appeal of what is now referred to as the outdoor living space combination. An outdoor living space combination marries the function, and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures to make them function as one large space. You may also see these versatile spaces referred to as “outdoor rooms” as well throughout the media. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio has watched the popularity of this type of outdoor living environment soar to new heights over the past few years, as homeowners have evolved to transferring all the assets of interior casual living outdoors.

Gray Timbertech Deck and hardscape patio combo

Low-Maintenance TimberTech deck with stunning stone patio below.

potato chips

Outdoor living spaces are a lot like potato chips: it is difficult to stop at just one.

To try to grasp the concept itself, you only need to step into your home and consider the parts of your home you turn to for relaxing ( the living or family room, of course), entertaining ( the dining room, most likely) and other recreational activities you enjoy ( the living room or playroom.) Now simply, take those areas and think about moving that function outside, and marrying it to provide multiple functions and voilà… you have mastered the concept behind the appeal of the outdoor living combination space!

The only difficult part for homeowners is deciding which structures to marry to gain the most benefits for their individual needs. Quality designed and built outdoor structures are a lot like potato chips… it’s hard to stop with just one! With that in mind, here are some outdoor living combination ideas to consider:

  • The Deck & Patio Combination
This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

This deck, patio and fire pit flow naturally as one outdoor room!

Decks are the epitome of outdoor living spaces. They are as American as apple pie, and most homeowners begin their outdoor living combinations from the deck and branch out. Decks complement almost every outdoor living structure, from pergolas to patios, decks afford the accompaniment beautifully. Patios in particular, look and function the part when used in a deck and patio combination. This is due to the natural flow created when a deck gently descends into a patio. It opens up and extends your outdoor living space, along with enhancing it. There are more factors at work here than just the added space a deck and patio provide, much more. Decks are generally built from wood or a natural looking “wood toned” synthetic, whereas patios are built from natural stone or hardscape materials that emulate the look and feel of stone. Wood and stone are elements that flow well together. Even in nature, if you look closely you may catch the beauty of a babbling brook laden with stones and hardwoods weeping gently over the bank. Wood and stone just naturally look great when fused together in any setting!

Screen room with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

Screened room paired with composite deck in Clear Creek Township, OH.

  • The Deck & Porch or Patio & Porch Combination

Deciding on a deck and porch, or patio and porch outdoor living combination is for the homeowner that wants to “have their cake and eat it too.” Decks and patios offer open air outdoor living spaces that are easily complimented by retaining walls, pergolas, spas and even outdoor fire pits. The only drawback to an open air outdoor living space is that in some circumstances, the weather can influence its functionality. By combining an open (covered) porch with a patio or deck, you and your family will have a haven to retreat to when the weather becomes unfavorable, and a shady spot to enjoy on even the most humid of days. Porches can be designed to include a myriad of creature comforts such as ceiling fans, to add even more comfort.


This outdoor living combination includes a deck, patio and screened porch.

Taking This Concept a Step Farther…

Taking the cues from the deck and porch, or patio and porch combination, homeowners can also extend the protective benefits even farther with a screened porch. Screened porches offer shade and protection from inclement weather while also preventing insects and less dirt and pollen to enter the area. Screened porches can be designed to function similarly to an interior room including sound systems, fans, electrical outlets, outdoor fireplaces and even a spot to mount a television. These nuances open up a world of possibilities within an outdoor living combination.

  • For Your Consideration
Custom fabricated pergola on Spring Valley OH deck

The custom fabricated pergola adds valuable shade to this deck in Spring Valley, OH.

In addition to decks, patios and porches there are many more outdoor living structures that make the grade as part of a successful union. Among these is the pergola. Pergolas are the one structure that blends seamlessly with any outdoor setting. Pergolas can be used as a shade structure much like a covered porch, and can also be used solely as an aesthetic feature to add dimension and character to a space. Pergolas also make a beneficial privacy barrier alongside a spa deck aiding as a buffer from prying eyes.

Outdoor kitchens are also a tasty accompaniment to most any outdoor living space. They can be easily integrated into a deck or patio setting, poolside, or even within an attached or freestanding porch setting. Having the added capability to prepare food outdoors for gatherings, or even intimate dinners, as well as plenty of seating adds to the function of your outdoor space and opens the door to endless entertaining possibilities. Our outdoor kitchen designs often include ranges, refrigerators, warming drawers, and even the Big Green Egg smoker known to many as the ultimate cooking experience!  We can even include serving and food preparation areas providing more seating similar to that of an “eat in” interior kitchen with plenty of counter space to add bar stools for additional seating or to use as an outdoor bar area.

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination

Patio and outdoor kitchen combination.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you have a vision of your dream backyard and need help marrying the function and versatility you are looking for we can bring the backyard of your dreams to life! Contact Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio today to learn more at (513) 897–2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at westcentralohio@archadeck.net

”Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true”