We need to replace an entryway and would like to have a small patio for morning coffee. Although we don't get much precipitation, most is concentrated in the winter. The entry is a bear when it comes to ice and snow. Some is the design and orientation of the roofline, but the fact that the current entry is a combination of tile, pressure treated lumber, and concrete, doesn't help.
We're thinking of putting in a small (80-100 sf concrete patio. Toying with the idea of heating it. It seems like a luxury now, but I suspect we'd be really happy we had it when we get old.
I know there are electric and fluid systems. Any advice on which to pursue? Am I right that cost is likely to be in the ~$12/sf range? Any other things to think about?