How to Plan for an Enclosed Patio
An enclosed patio offers the best of both worlds. It allows you to enjoy the sun without being exposed to the risks ultra violet exposure. Also, when the weather turns, an enclosed patio offers protection from biting winds or being drenched by a downpour. Taking the time to plan for an enclosed patio is essential that can also be great fun.
Step 1 - Patio Compatibility and Accessibility
Building an enclosed patio in a random area is likely to look ungainly and out of place. While planning for an enclosed patio, compatibility with your house and surroundings needs to be considered. Where will an enclosed patio look best? Accessibility to the patio also needs to be considered. Is the area easily reachable from the house? As you are likely to be taking drinks and food onto your enclosed patio, you do not want them to be stone cold when you get there.
Step 2 - The Roof
Careful planning of the roof of your new patio is vital. One question that is often overlooked in enclosed patio planning is how much slope the roof requires. Is the roof likely to accumulate a lot of snow or leaves? If so, a more prominent slope will give the roof added strength. What material do you want the roof to be made out of? Wooden beams for making the roof structure is a good choice. They are extremely strong and ideal for creating an authentic rustic look. Wooden structures also look fantastic when looking up at them from the patio. This look is only really compatible with older houses so bear this in mind when planning for an enclosed patio.
Step 3 - Skylights and Screens
Planning on whether your patio is to incorporate skylights, windows, screens or lighting will need to be considered. All are good sources of light but the main advantage of a screened enclosed patio is that it offers a certain amount of natural light anyway. Because of this, inside lights do not necessarily have to be installed. Always keep the weather in mind when planning your enclosed patio because this will have the biggest influence on your need for light. Skylights or screens can absorb large amounts of heat and this can make your enclosed patio particularly uncomfortable during the warmer months.
Step 4 - Plan for Utilities
What will be the main uses of your enclosed patio? Are you planning on dining out there? Will you require power, water, ventilation and drainage? If so, all these utilities need to be drawn on your plan.
Step 5 - Draw a Plan
Before you embark on digging up your garden, sit down and draw the plan that you have visualized in your head. Use a tape measure to calculate the exact measurements and draw the lines with a ruler and pencil so they can be erased if any mistakes occur. Mark where any lights, plug sockets or water sources will be required. List all the materials to be used and estimate the cost. Patio furniture also needs to be considered.
Step 6 - Seek Planning Permission
Building an enclosed patio usually requires planning permission but this will obviously depend on your state codes. Talk your plan over with a local contractor and always go through the necessary channels to achieve permission.