Patios

DIY Guide For Building a Covered Patio

Make the house cozy help little things, such as, for example, an antique fireplace in the living room, an elegant fountain in the garden or a spacious patio overlooking the picturesque surroundings. Unconditionally happy are those people who know how to do all this on their own, with inspiration, imagination and love of the earth.

Did you notice that the patio built to your house is the most visited place on the territory? And why? Firstly, the patio is your author’s creation. Secondly, this space is always reliably protected from the bothersome rays of the sun, and from a suddenly raging downpour, and from an annoying wind. Thirdly, the patio is a window into nature, for which changes it is much more fascinating to watch than to waste time with the TV.

Some people think that building a patio is a troublesome business, meanwhile, if you stop on an open version, then the task is simplified. After all, in fact, the process is limited to the construction of a site. Whether to be above it a roof, and on the perimeter walls or not to be – it’s up to you to decide. By the way, as a wall you can use “live” material – shrubs, flowers, other plants.

And the roof can be made from a piece of polycarbonate, or even buy a tent, which will winter in the house. However, there are fans of solid buildings, which adore admiring not only the blooming nature, but also snowdrifts outside the window. In this case, the construction of the patio to the house turns into a serious project with a solid estimate. And only you decide which option to prefer.

Plans and Materials

If the location of the patio is defined, it’s time to move on to the design of the structure, planning work and purchasing materials. Experienced owners of household plots recommend that the patioh, constructed with their own hands, should be decorated in the same style as the house. For this, it is necessary to adhere not only to the general design, but also to try to use the same building materials.

Remember where and from whom you bought the roofing materials, ordered the finishing works and try to contact the same specialists. Of course, we are talking about private houses with a large territory, whereas a patio built by our own hands at a dacha of a modest landowner can be executed with minimal investments, according to a special project that presupposes in the first place the cosiness and wisdom of investing money.

If at the same time you have a rich imagination, then it will not be difficult for you to make an author’s masterpiece from inexpensive materials. In this case, the emphasis will need to be on accessories that will be wintering in the house, and in the spring they will return to decorate your wonderful patio.

DIY instructions

First, prepare the site. Make markings by driving pegs or pegs around the perimeter, pull twine or wire around the intended area. Clean the site of all unnecessary, remove the top layer (6 inch) of the soil. Next, you need to build a foundation, and in depth coincides with its “brother” of the main building.

However, the experienced builders do not recommend linking these two buildings to the monolith, because the patio and the house have different weights, so the degree of shrinkage will also differ. To do this, make a gap between the foundations: 1.5″ will be enough. The foundation can be erected, both tape and columnar.

Floor is a necessary attribute of any type of patio: both open and closed. As you understand, the patio may not have walls or they can be decorated with plants or shrubs, the roof of the building is allowed to be removable, but it is impossible without floor.

How it will, of course, decide for you. Meanwhile, most summer residents choose a wooden floor, since with such a covering the patio is filled with a special comfort, it looks natural and promotes relaxation. If you join the number of fans of the wooden floor, count on the following order of the profile works:

  • Insulation, for which the empty space between the ground and the boards should be covered with expanded clay.
  • Protection, which involves coating the foundation with a rubberoid (better in 2 layers).
  • Securing the lag.
  • Flooring boards.

Notice: Do not forget to cover all wooden materials with an antiseptic, in order to protect the lumber from moisture and subsequent decay.

What next? If you build a wall or a roof, then you need to make a frame. Such works include such stages:

  • Installation of bars, which are placed on the floor and are connected by “direct lock”.
  • Installation of racks, for which in bars every 20″ you need to make grooves. Then fix the posts in these places with the help of staples or nails.
  • Upper strapping with a bar.
  • Installation of the rafter system.

With a roof, too, there are many options. It can be done as a continuation of the roof of the house or act in an original way, choosing a transparent material that will allow you to luxuriate under the tender rays of the sun. What can other processes be included in the work plan? Certainly, before you build a patio, you made her sketch. Stick to it.

It is not excluded that you need to build a railing, a lattice, steps and so on, because your masterpiece must have a finished look, do not you ?! Again, when the construction is completed, you need to beautifully decorate the patio