The answer to the patio vs. deck challenge may depend, of course, on where that piece of ground is that is the home-site. Just released data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction suggests a geographic pattern in the exterior amenities in newly-built homes. National Association of Home Builders research staffer Ashok Chaluvadi studies the data, and details which home features prevail for each region. Chaluvadi writes,
Read more >
The Census Bureau’s SOC data is available by the nine census divisions. Patios are most common in new homes in the West South Central (79% of new homes started in 2014), followed by the Mountain (66 %) and Pacific divisions (65%). Patios are least common in the Middle Atlantic (24%), New England (25 %) and East South Central divisions (38%). These shares have remained relatively stable since 2009. One the other hand, decks are most common in New England (included in 66% of homes started in 2014), followed at a distance by the East South Central (47%) and West North Central (45%) divisions. Decks are comparatively uncommon in the West South Central division (4%). Elsewhere, 18% to 26% of the new homes started in 2014 had decks. These geographic tendencies have also remained relatively stable since 2009.