Deck or Patio?: Structural and personal elements to consider when deciding between a deck or patio

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We have a brand new home and are debating on whether to install a patio or a deck.  The home came with a deck that is barely large enough for me and my dog, let alone another human being.  What are the most important considerations when expanding our outdoor space this way?