01.Planning a Shade Structure
A well-designed patio cover can enhance your outdoor living experience and increase the amount of time you spent outside. For any major outdoor structure, you’ll want to work with a professional, like an architect or landscape architect, to make sure your building complies with city codes and is engineered correctly. Other considerations before planning, designing and building a patio cover include:
- Architectural style of your house
- Materials you desire and what is available in your region
- Size and scale of patio and overhead
- Orientation of the patio to the sun, like a hot west-oriented location or cold-northern
- Take a look at 50 very different patio covers—certain to spark some ideas for your own project.
02.Modern in South Africa
The South African firm LevEco Architects designed an overhead with a ceiling made from IsoPine, which is a composite polystyrene material that functions well outside, provided it doesn’t get direct rain. The timber roof rafters are pocketed into the brickwork of the house, so you don’t see any connections. The roof sheeting is attached with flashing and waterproofing.
A Moroccan-style rooftop patio in Hong Kong was designed by Alexandra Lauren. The roof is made of clear Perspex with UV resistance. The rug is from Horchow. Lauren has studios in Tennessee, Hong Kong, Arizona, and Montana.
04.Shade Cloth Patio Covers
The husband-and-wife design team known as Phoenix’s The Ranch Mine covered a house in corrugated steel and treated the concrete flooring with Cohills Enviro Stain. Shade-sail anchors were tied into the roof trusses under the eaves to support the shade sails.
05.Santa Ynez Rustic
A beautiful and eclectic eco-conscious outdoor space was created by Carson Douglas Landscape Architecture for a Santa Ynez, California ranch. Many features are custom designed, like the redwood pergola, which supports healthy, lush vines; the redwood vegetable boxes, cold-season A-frames, and metal-frame fire pit, infilled with stone to resemble a gabion. The hanging light fixture is also a CDLA creation and is available on the firm’s website.
Gast Architects of San Francisco created shade for a scored-concrete patio in Arroyo Grande, California by constructing a custom-made steel frame that supports corrugated galvanized-steel roof panels. The roof panels are Sinewave.
07.Tuscan Farmhouse in Houston
Designed by Eklektic Interiors of Houston, this home was built by the homeowners, who are in the construction business. The patio floor is made of reclaimed Old Chicago brick, while the facade and arches are made of Texas limestone.
New York City-based Resolution: 4 Architecture constructed a stained-cedar pergola over a bluestone-paver patio for a home and pool house project in South Hampton, New York.
09.Orange County Mediterranean
A small house in Orange County, California received a makeover by Benedict August. Slate tile set in a diamond pattern is used for the exposed patio, while the covered dining space features a poured-concrete surface. The lights are older Z Gallerie chandeliers.