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Buy or build: pros and cons when it comes to patios

“Buy or Build” is a real issue with patios, because there are real practical situations to deal with. The homeowner’s budget is one of them, and design issues are another. This is a situation that needs very close attention, because the costing, planning and construction issues can be far from simple. What you want from your own home patio is the real issue.

Build- Pros and Cons


  • Building allows designs to be created specifically for the home environment.
  • Building may include custom design features.
  • Building may dovetail with other renovation projects around the home as part of a wider plan.


  • Building is a potentially major commitment of time and money, which can get complex if you’re also doing other renovations.
  • Building is usually done through third parties, like architects, builders and contractors.
  • Building usually requires building approvals, and may get held up in process.

Buy- Pros and Cons


  • Buying a patio provides a built-service of all the construction processes, including council approvals
  • Top providers also handle plans and approvals
  • The project costs are all factored in upfront
  • There’s a very large range of patio types available


  • Buying means not doing a custom design or using custom materials
  • Buying a patio means a separate process from the other renovation work
  • Buying will involve departing from a designer house motif

The rule of thumb for building a patio is really cost effectiveness and efficiency. These factors impact in different ways, depending on the cost, size and complexity of the work.

The time and money factors

The net time and cost comparison is that buying a patio is cheaper and quicker than building. This is largely because buying is basically an installation of an existing design, whereas building may mean a full design process starting from scratch. That’s actually a big difference, because the design process adds a dimension to both cost and time.

Working with third parties is also an acquired taste in any form of building. In the case of building the design and building processes are often separate entities. When buying you’re only dealing with one entity as a supplier of all functions.

Making a decision

The decision making process can be difficult. After all, this is your home, and you want the best. The most thorough approach is to compare designs for building and buying. What you get for what you pay is the obvious, and safest, measure of value.

You’ll find the comparison between building and buying obvious, because the design market is naturally more costly. The commercial patio designs on the market are actually pretty similar in content to designer patios. They’re cheaper because they’re backed up by manufacturers supplying materials and standardized installation methods which reduce costs.

Build or buy is your choice, but remember you’ve got plenty of choices. Compare quality, and you’ll find cost and efficiency make a big difference.

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