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A FULL CHRISTMAS

Here at Observatory Hill we're all a little obsessed with outer space, and for good reason. Our whole development is inspired by Richmond Hill's historic David Dunlap Observatory (The DDO,) sure, but let's be real, why wouldn't we be? Space is just cool! It's awe inspiring, it's almost entirely undiscovered, and it helps us build our dreams and aspirations. Not everyone can live at Observatory Hill though, so not everyone will get to experience great leaps of discovery or see what an astronomer sees; however, something really cool is coming that people all over the world can check...

A LOCAL STAR

Anyone who's ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it's an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that's almost surreal; perhaps that's why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course. In 1960 the film "Universe" was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the 'best documentary' category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen....

A CLEARER DIRECTION FOR THE DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY PARK

You already know Observatory Hill is set to become one of Canada's foremost communities, and you already know its public spaces will match that forecasted standard of excellence, but everyone has been eagerly awaiting a true direction for the park and heritage site. That wait might be over. Two unique plans (A and B) were created for this special site with the intent of allowing public opinion and the best possible outcome for coming and current communities. Plan A is called "Observatory Park" and would act as a regional attraction highlighted by The David Dunlap Observatory...

How To Decide Between Deck Vs Patio

In the battle between deck vs patio, which outdoor feature will make your backyard landscaping dreams come true? We’re breaking down the details of each option to make it easier for you to decide what’s best for your home. 

Hanging out in your backyard has lots of benefits. It’s a place that allows you to soak up some much-needed vitamin D, barbeque delicious meals, and enjoy nature without interruption. Your backyard is your personal retreat, and adding a deck or patio enhances the space and adds value to your home.

Before you settle on your new addition, let’s examine the details that make each structure special. 

 

What’s the difference between a deck and a patio?

Simply put, a deck is an uncovered, elevated structure with a railing, and a patio is a paved outdoor area that’s flush with the ground. Both create a designated space for entertaining, but each has characteristics that fit different home requirements.

Patios often feature concrete bases and materials like stone, tile, and brick can also be used to build their foundation. In contrast, decks are customarily made out of wood or vinyl and usually have stairs. 

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to choose between deck vs patio since, depending on the height of your deck, you could have both.  However, if you must decide, make sure that you thoroughly evaluate your home’s needs and select the option that best suits you and your budget. 

 

You deserve the deck of your dreams

Literally elevate your outdoor space by adding a fantastic deck to your backyard. If your house features a walkout basement, a deck is an ideal solution for connecting your main level with the exterior space behind your home.

Imagine conveniently exiting your kitchen and walking out onto a beautiful wood deck to barbeque dinner. Or, relax with your favourite beverage and gaze out into the enchanting greenery of Richmond Hill, breathing in fresh air atop your elevated viewpoint. 

Decks are also a great option if the ground in your backyard is uneven or sloped. And, if they’re high enough, you won’t have to worry about dealing with pesky weeds growing and poking up from underneath. 

 

The perfect patio is possible

Many homeowners choose to invest in a patio because it’s more cost-effective than a deck. If you have children, elderly family members or someone with disabilities living in your household, choosing to build a patio is also safer and more accessible since there are no stairs.

Choosing a patio gives you lots of options for landscaping design. Your paved area could feature a built-in fire pit, surround a swimming pool or become a designated space for an outdoor living room. The options are endless with additional items like birdbaths, planter boxes, gazebos and more available to complete your design. 

Since it sits at ground level, a patio can also offer more privacy than a deck and be easily surrounded by hedges, screens or curtains. 

 

Be bold in your backyard, but don’t break the bank

Sources report that building a patio is less expensive than building a deck. However, factors like types of materials and structure size may alter that claim. When you decide to invest in one or the other, there are cost-effective ways to accomplish either project. 

If you’re still stuck, picture yourself sipping a cold drink in your backyard with your best friends on a hot summer day. Now quick, are you sitting on a deck or a patio? Let your gut reaction help you determine what you prefer and what will work best in your home.


There’s no wrong answer in the deck vs patio debate; what matters is how you love to spend your time in your backyard and which option best suits your environment and requirements. Take chances and make your outdoor space the kind of place worthy of spending every sunset.

How To Decide Between Deck Vs Patio

In the battle between deck vs patio, which outdoor feature will make your backyard landscaping dreams come true? We’re breaking down the details of each option to make it easier for you to decide what’s best for your home. 

Hanging out in your backyard has lots of benefits. It’s a place that allows you to soak up some much-needed vitamin D, barbeque delicious meals, and enjoy nature without interruption. Your backyard is your personal retreat, and adding a deck or patio enhances the space and adds value to your home.

Before you settle on your new addition, let’s examine the details that make each structure special. 

 

What’s the difference between a deck and a patio?

Simply put, a deck is an uncovered, elevated structure with a railing, and a patio is a paved outdoor area that’s flush with the ground. Both create a designated space for entertaining, but each has characteristics that fit different home requirements.

Patios often feature concrete bases and materials like stone, tile, and brick can also be used to build their foundation. In contrast, decks are customarily made out of wood or vinyl and usually have stairs. 

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to choose between deck vs patio since, depending on the height of your deck, you could have both.  However, if you must decide, make sure that you thoroughly evaluate your home’s needs and select the option that best suits you and your budget. 

 

You deserve the deck of your dreams

Literally elevate your outdoor space by adding a fantastic deck to your backyard. If your house features a walkout basement, a deck is an ideal solution for connecting your main level with the exterior space behind your home.

Imagine conveniently exiting your kitchen and walking out onto a beautiful wood deck to barbeque dinner. Or, relax with your favourite beverage and gaze out into the enchanting greenery of Richmond Hill, breathing in fresh air atop your elevated viewpoint. 

Decks are also a great option if the ground in your backyard is uneven or sloped. And, if they’re high enough, you won’t have to worry about dealing with pesky weeds growing and poking up from underneath. 

 

The perfect patio is possible

Many homeowners choose to invest in a patio because it’s more cost-effective than a deck. If you have children, elderly family members or someone with disabilities living in your household, choosing to build a patio is also safer and more accessible since there are no stairs.

Choosing a patio gives you lots of options for landscaping design. Your paved area could feature a built-in fire pit, surround a swimming pool or become a designated space for an outdoor living room. The options are endless with additional items like birdbaths, planter boxes, gazebos and more available to complete your design. 

Since it sits at ground level, a patio can also offer more privacy than a deck and be easily surrounded by hedges, screens or curtains. 

 

Be bold in your backyard, but don’t break the bank

Sources report that building a patio is less expensive than building a deck. However, factors like types of materials and structure size may alter that claim. When you decide to invest in one or the other, there are cost-effective ways to accomplish either project. 

If you’re still stuck, picture yourself sipping a cold drink in your backyard with your best friends on a hot summer day. Now quick, are you sitting on a deck or a patio? Let your gut reaction help you determine what you prefer and what will work best in your home.


There’s no wrong answer in the deck vs patio debate; what matters is how you love to spend your time in your backyard and which option best suits your environment and requirements. Take chances and make your outdoor space the kind of place worthy of spending every sunset.

A FULL CHRISTMAS

Here at Observatory Hill we're all a little obsessed with outer space, and for good reason. Our whole development is inspired by Richmond Hill's historic David Dunlap Observatory (The DDO,) sure, but let's be real, why wouldn't we be? Space is just cool! It's awe inspiring, it's almost entirely undiscovered, and it helps us build our dreams and aspirations. Not everyone can live at Observatory Hill though, so not everyone will get to experience great leaps of discovery or see what an astronomer sees; however, something really cool is coming that people all over the world can check...

A LOCAL STAR

Anyone who's ever visited the David Dunlap Observatory knows it's an incredibly special place. Not only is it strikingly beautiful, it also carries an aura that's almost surreal; perhaps that's why it was chosen to be a star, -in the figurative sense of course. In 1960 the film "Universe" was released by the National Film Board of Canada, and was met with much praise. It was nominated for an Oscar in the 'best documentary' category the year it was released, and offered some of the most vivid special effects anyone had ever seen....

A CLEARER DIRECTION FOR THE DAVID DUNLAP OBSERVATORY PARK

You already know Observatory Hill is set to become one of Canada's foremost communities, and you already know its public spaces will match that forecasted standard of excellence, but everyone has been eagerly awaiting a true direction for the park and heritage site. That wait might be over. Two unique plans (A and B) were created for this special site with the intent of allowing public opinion and the best possible outcome for coming and current communities. Plan A is called "Observatory Park" and would act as a regional attraction highlighted by The David Dunlap Observatory...

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