What could be better than relaxing in the fresh air? Only organized, civilized rest with comfort. Most homeowners do not miss the opportunity to arrange such a place to relax in their private courtyard or on the plot and attach a covered patio to the house (or they plan to build it). Covered patios can be either detached or attached to the house.
By the degree of openness, the covered patios are completely open, semi-closed and closed. But do not confuse the covered patio with the veranda (usually a glazed area attached to the house) – a covered covered patio is a structure with a roof, sometimes fenced with one or two walls of the house, but not glazed.
On the open covered patio (floor without roof), you can also have rest segments, places for meals and even children’s play areas. But in such cases it is important to take care of protection from the sun (especially in the covered patios located on the south and south-east side of the building) and provide for the possibility of stretching the awning or the use of garden umbrellas. Such umbrellas can be portable devices and can be mounted anywhere or be part of the table.
Among the covered patios adjacent to the house there are not so many variants in the form of rectangular (the most common type), square, asymmetric and enveloping the building along the perimeter. The latter become an effective way to organize outdoor recreation, if the area of the adjacent territory is small and the covered patio can not be made sufficiently wide, and it is necessary to place several functional segments on it (for example, not only the rest area, but also the sector for meals ).
Also, covered patios are single-level and multi-level, located at the main entrance or overlooking the back yard. But, as a rule, the covered patio is trying to attach (or plan to manufacture initially) on the south side of the building. This arrangement allows you to enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays as many days as possible in a year.
Styles of covered patios
For today the most popular styles of design of covered patios can be considered the following:
- Coastal (beach);
- Country (rustic).
Modern style implies comfortable minimalism. The slogan “is better less, yes it is better” as it is impossible by the way approaches this stylistics of registration of covered patios. Strict lines, laconic forms, simplicity and functionality in everything. But the style is not deprived of comfort and coziness.
The furniture on this covered patio is simple, but practical, often designer, original. Decorative elements on the covered patio, decorated in a modern style, are absent altogether or presented very modestly. Most often as a decoration used quite functional items – lighting, additional furnishings (coffee tables, stands).
For the execution of the modern covered patio, there are strong, but easy to use and maintenance materials – metal and stone, various composites, PVC (it is possible to use high-quality imitation wood).
In turn, the traditional style can not do without decor. In the construction of the covered patio itself, it can be present in the execution of handrails (using balusters or forged patterns), using skirting boards of various configurations. Instead of pillars, you can use columns – hexagonal or round.
In order to smooth the corners and, as a result, soften the whole image of the covered patio, use octahedra and grooved corners. Most often, when building a traditional covered patio, natural materials are used – wood and stone. Select species of wood with a beautiful natural pattern – cedar or mahogany gives pleasant, cozy shades and serve for a long time.
Will there be a railing on your covered patio, decorated in a traditional style? It depends on the height of the flooring in relation to the ground level, the presence of small children and pets, as well as your personal preferences.
If you decide to use the railing to improve the safety of the covered patio, then do not forget about the beauty of the execution of this architectural element. Carved baluster in wooden design or forged decor for metal railings – a luxurious version of the decor for the traditional style of the covered patio.
Colonial style is based on the use of motifs of classical architecture, but with the use of colorful elements. Colonial stylistics is always practical, coupled with beauty, symmetry and convenience, decorating with flowers and borrowing elements of architecture from countries – former colonies. For example, an accent piece of such a covered patio can be made pergola, an original bench or white railing with decorative balusters.
If your home ownership is located on the seashore or lake, then beach or coastal style will be an ideal choice for the decoration of the covered patio. In such a place, as in no other, I want all buildings to be in harmony with the surrounding landscape, as organically as possible fit into the overall picture.
When manufacturing a coastal covered patio, special attention should be paid to the choice of construction and finishing materials. A successful solution may be the use of gray composite decking or the application of cedar in combination with painting in gray tone. Certainly, a covered patio in the coastal part must be built with a view of the water – the sea, a forest lake or a river.
How to equip the covered patio attached to the house?
Functioning Design Ideas
Summer Living Room
One of the most common options for arranging spacious covered patios is the design of this space in the open air in the form of a summer living room. In fact, on the covered patio, a second living room is equipped, with upholstered furniture, coffee tables and even a fireplace in some cases.
With the only difference is that for the summer recreation area, mainly garden furniture made of wood, metal or wicker patterns from vines, rattan is used. In order to equip a truly comfortable recreation area, garden furniture is accompanied by an abundance of soft pillows, special seats with removable covers that are easily washed in the washing machine.
Place for meals in the open air
Any dish seems tastier if you taste it in the fresh air. Therefore, it is not surprising that most owners of private houses of urban or suburban type are trying to provide themselves with the opportunity to eat in the courtyard.
To arrange a family dinner or a reception for guests, without fear of rainy weather, it is best to equip the dining area on the covered covered patio. On the one hand – a meal on the street, everyone enjoys fresh air, on the other – no one is afraid of bad weather.
To equip the dining sector on the covered patio, the garden furniture is mainly used, because the presence of a roof above the table and chairs does not protect the furniture surface from the usual dust, brought by the wind and dirt from our soles, with which the legs of the dining group can be smeared.
Some covered patios, in addition to decorating the area for eating, are equipped with equipment for its preparation. The barbecue area under the covered patio roof is the best option for providing the hosts and their guests with dishes cooked on fire in any weather. Obviously, the cooking zone is designed in a general way with the arrangement of the entire covered patio.
Rest area with swings
Not only hanging beds these days are incredibly popular with many owners of private houses and apartments around the world. Suspended sofas (and the usual swings are not so comfortable seats with soft upholstery and decorative pillows), located on the covered patio, allow you to relax in the fresh air with an incredibly high level of comfort. For those who decided to relax on the covered patio to the full, there is also the opportunity to lie down on the sofa with a slight wiggle. Next to such comfortable and at the same time original swings, as a rule, set a small table-stand for the opportunity to enjoy a delicious evening tea or put books and magazines for reading in the fresh air.
Not only hanging beds these days are incredibly popular with many owners of private houses and apartments around the world. Suspended sofas (and the usual swings are not so comfortable seats with soft upholstery and decorative pillows), located on the covered patio, allow you to relax in the fresh air with an incredibly high level of comfort.
For those who decided to relax on the covered patio to the full, there is also the opportunity to lie down on the sofa with a slight wiggle. Next to such comfortable and at the same time original swings, as a rule, set a small table-stand for the opportunity to enjoy a delicious evening tea or put books and magazines for reading in the fresh air.
Decoration Ideas of the covered patio
What to decorate the decoration of the covered patio? It all depends on its size and your chosen style of arrangement. But there are also universal options that are suitable for covered patios of all shapes and sizes, stylistic and design performances. Lighting can become a practical decoration. Illumination of the facade of the building refers to utilitarian or functional types, designed primarily to ensure the safe location of a person near the house in the dark. But the lighting system is fully capable of serving as a decorative element. Beautiful forged elements of wall lanterns or original, designer designs of hanging lamps with shades – every owner can find his own version of a non-trivial lighting device, with any size of purse. Lighting on the covered patio should be soft scattered – do not hit the eyes with streams of light, but create a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere, but at the same time allow you to navigate the deck with a high level of security.
Another practical option for decorating the covered patio is the installation of a fireplace. Obviously, the functional background of this structure is beyond doubt. And at the same time, watching the game of flame is an incredibly relaxing pastime. If at the same time you are sitting in a comfortable armchair or on a soft sofa, then rest in the fresh air can be considered highly comfortable.
The ideal option for decorating the covered patio is the use of plants – flowering and not only. Floor pots, garden pots and mini-tubs, suspended pots and whole compositions in the form of “living” walls – there are not many flowers on the covered patio. If only you have not chosen for decoration flooring with a roof minimalist modern style of decoration.
Variants of decoration for modest size covered patios
Some covered patios have such a small area that it does not go about decorating a fireplace, barbecue area or a place for rest with luxurious sofas. But on any, even the tiniest covered patio (more like a wide porch with a visor), there is a place for a couple of small garden chairs or at least chairs with backs.
The covered patio of any size can be decorated with flower pots or a small outdoor vase. A beautiful street lamp will not only provide the necessary level of illumination in the dark, but will also become a decorative element. Accent objects can be both garden chairs, and a bright mat in front of the entrance door.