Outdoor living spaces have become a major topic of conversation lately. Homeowners are turning to the big outdoors when looking to add living space to their home. One way their doing this is by creating outdoor patios in their home’s backyards.
Now when thinking of an outdoor patio, your brain might be quick to imagine a dusty area outside with a couple of chairs only good enough for enjoying for a few minutes or so. However, we’re going to stop you right there! There are some amazing outdoor patio ideas that truly transform your backyard into the living space you need.
To get started, you’ll need to know about a few structures for patios and determine which best suits your needs. Are you ready to make the transformation? Continue reading below to start the process today!
Gazebo structures are free-standing and because of this, can be placed just about anywhere in the backyard. You don’t have to worry about connecting it to your house. This comes in handy if you’re wanting to have more living space near the pond towards the end of your yard for instance.
Gazebos have a pitched roof that is solid and durable. All sides are opened, leaving you with 360° views while still providing you with shade. If desired, you can even screen in the sides of the gazebo to allow yourself a bug-free relaxation zone.
If your home already has a patio built onto it, then one way to transform this space into a living area is to complete it with a patio cover. A patio cover is a structure that’s connected to your house and covers the entire patio area shielding you from rain, snow, and sun.
Some, however, prefer their patio covers to be open, leaving some room for the sun to seep in.
A Pergola is a structure with an opened roof that has columns or posts supporting it. It’s free-standing, so you don’t have to place it directly next to the house. In many cases, homeowners use pergolas as a way to shade or cover a walkway outdoors.
They’re also used to shade or cover outdoor living areas as well, so don’t hesitate to place some chairs and a table under it. Pergola shapes are usually rectangular so they work great for shading off a side area next to a pool!
Speaking of pools, if your home has a pool, then it needs a pool house. Pool houses are the perfect way to add more living space to your home. These structures often include a spare bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, game room, and more.
They’re also a good idea to have for storing all of your pool supplies including cleaning items and fun items as well.
An arbor is a beautiful structure to have on your outdoor patio if you enjoy the greenery. Arbors act as a wall for climbing plants to grow on and creates an aesthetically pleasing archway for an outdoor path. You can even consider adding a gate under your arbor, which creates a true entryway into your outdoor patio.
A ramada is similar in style to the pergola, however, ramadas have a solid covered roof. A ramada is still freestanding, so can be placed anywhere in the backyard that you please. You’ll have full protection from the rain, snow, or sun while enjoying open views.
Because of the optimal coverage that they provide, ramadas are normally built over outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, or frequently-used outdoor living spaces.
A sunroom is attached to the home and covers a patio completely. Sunrooms have solid roofs and enclose the space with glass sides. They’re accessible from the house, so you won’t have to go outdoors to enter them.
These rooms bring you all of the pleasantries of being outdoors without having to actually go outdoors. Some homeowners even insult these rooms and install a heating and cooling system in them.
If you enjoy growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other plants, then you should have your own greenhouse! Greenhouses create their own climates inside of them so you won’t have to worry about the weather or other factors damaging your crops. They’re completely safe inside the greenhouse!
Not only will a greenhouse fit well on your patio, but it’ll be a joy to visit and walk through and see all of the growth and beauty that your plants display.
If you like the modern style, then shade sails might be a great fit for you. The sails provide just enough shade for your outdoor patio. They’re elegant and don’t take up much space as they only need a few thin poles to support them.
When installing shade sails, you’ll have many shapes, styles, and colors to choose from. No matter which you choose, though, it’s a guarantee that they’ll display artistic design above your patio.
A cabana is a wonderful addition to an outdoor patio near a pool. Cabanas offer shade and privacy perfect for either lounging or changing into bathing suits. Cabanas have drapes on either side of the structure which can be pulled back and tied up or released creating full privacy.
For those extra sunny days, cabanas offer shade to homeowners who want to relax by the pool without becoming drained from the heat of the sun.
The Structures for Outdoor Patios are Endless!
When creating structures for outdoor patios, your options are endless. There are so many structure designs to choose from that there’s something for every need, desire, and style!