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Create A Year-Round Porch Space

Adding a patio or porch to your home is a great way to get more living space and enjoy the outdoors. Find out how to decorate & safely add a patio!

When that beautiful spring weather hits, do you find yourself doing everything you can to be outside? Whether that means working in the garden, relaxing on the patio or cleaning the siding of your home, you just want to enjoy outdoors.

However, the heat can be overwhelming. So, what’s one of the best ways to get away from the sun beating down on you? Sitting in a nice, comfy chair underneath the shade of a patio cover!

Today, I’m going to share some patio cover ideas including privacy options, do it yourself patio decorating tips and how to make sure that your patio cover is attached safely!

Cover your head, safely!

Outdoor patio area with two ceiling fans and comfortable seating.

First, we just want to take a minute to say that we want you and your family to be as safe as possible so it’s important that you know that you should not attempt to attach a patio cover to your home on your own. I’m sure you’ve all seen a couple crazy videos, right after the words “don’t try this at home”, where you’ve thought to yourself…“I could do that.” Trust me, I know from experience (sorry Mom)!

Sadly, this is not one of those times because although it may seem like a good idea to install a patio by yourself. The reality is that the safest option would be to plan your outdoor patio, have an expert build and install your deck, as well as your patio and/or patio cover.

At first, this may seem disappointing, I get it. But I’m sharing it so you’re informed and have a chance to find the best option. Plus, it’s been shown that homes can become much more vulnerable to damage when improperly attached decks, patio covers and carports have been added to the home.

The best route to take is to purchase a home with a patio or deck already included as a customization option so that the home builder can design the home and patio for proper support and installation.

HUD installation standards for manufactured homes actually require that manufactured home attachments must not impose any load to the manufactured home or its foundation unless that attachment is already incorporated into the home builder’s approved design and installation instructions. so what does this mean? Well, this means that if you build your own deck or patio and patio cover, it must be designed and constructed as a “self-supporting” or “freestanding” structure and can’t rely on the home’s structure for support.

These home additions, even if they follow a building code, often fail structurally at lower wind speeds than the building to which they are attached, so the safest route is to get a deck or patio that is incorporated into an approved home design and installation plan.

3 Preferences You Might Like for Your Patio

A Clayton Built® home with a covered front porch and ferns hanging down.

If you are considering adding a peaceful outdoor patio onto your home, just think about all the different ways that it’ll benefit you throughout each season of the year!

Covered patios are ideal when you want to protect your porch or patio from the sun and other elements. You still want to enjoy the feel of sitting outside? No worries, a covered patio doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be completely enclosed.

One way to utilize a covered patio is with an entertaining area! Just think- an outdoor kitchen or living room to entertain guests. Add a bar, a grill, maybe a sink for preparing food and a little bit of seating around the TV and you’ve got yourself a patio paradise.

Get Inspired - Exterior - The Laney

Privacy Patio

Everybody enjoys their privacy, whether that’s off a dirt road or tucked in a dense suburb, everyone needs some alone time with mother nature. That’s why I suggest creating a blissful retreat! All it takes is a bit of planning and ingenuity.

If you already have a covered porch, one of the best privacy options is to hang outdoor curtains. Curtains are a relatively inexpensive and versatile way to add a little seclusion to your peaceful porch.

Make A Porch Screen

Outdoor space with patio furniture, tv on the wall and a ceiling fan.

If you wish to have a more open feel, a homemade screen from lattice is a simple and inexpensive way to cover your porch while still allowing a breeze to come through. For those of you wondering what “lattice” is, it’s a framework or structure of crossed wood.1 Using it to screen in an area with a couple lounge chairs and a hammock, well that just sounds like relaxation.

Plus, your local home improvement store will have different types of lattice to hang or use to build screens, so you could even build a garden box to grow vines for additional privacy.

Check out this simple DIY lattice project from Hometalk. The panel can be attached to a gardening box, making an eye-catching trellis to grow clematis or honeysuckle for additional coverage. This project seems like it would be a lot of fun AND you’re creating an outdoor space to enjoy for many years to come. So, make it your own unique retreat!

Texas customer manufactured home covered porch.

Do it Yourself Patio Decorating

Whenever you do decide to add a patio cover to your home, there are many ways to make it unique and one-of-a-kind. Your covered patio will instantly become more comfortable just by adding a couple features such as:

  • Lights
  • Ceilings fans
  • Power outlets
  • Outdoor heaters One of my personal favorite patio decorations to really brings together a patio area is string lights. Once the sun goes down and those string lights turn on, your back patio will be the place to be, as the lights create a luminescent ambiance. Whether you’re hosting guests or having family time, they’re perfect for almost any occasion!

Another favorite of mine is to hang a chandelier full of flowers in the middle of your patio area- it will definitely add some class! But enough about what I like…now that you’ve gotten a couple ideas for your patio cover, you can find out which patio is right for you!

  1. "Lattice." Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Accessed April 30, 2019. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lattice.

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