Southwest Houston area homeowners: Would you agree or disagree with this statement? A patio without a patio cover is simply not complete!
1. They didn’t realize how much they would need a shade covering over their patio, so leaving the patio cover out of their original design was an oversight, or
2. They didn’t have a shade covering in the budget at the time they had their patio built – but plan to add it later, or
3. They purchased a home with an uncovered patio and plan to add a shade cover at some point.
What most Southwest Houston area homeowners realize is there are simply too many days when you cannot use a patio in full sun. And what about rain? If a storm comes through while you’re entertaining outdoors, will you have to run inside to stay dry? Will your party be ruined by a sudden pop-up shower?
A Large Patio Without a Shade Covering is Just a Big, Hot Place!
— Before,the patio was hot and unprotected.
These homeowners in Pearland, TX, had a patio outside their back door, but without shade they weren’t able to use it as much as they wanted to. It had even been enlarged. They had plenty of room for an outdoor dining table and chairs, a lounge area with comfortable chairs, a cocktail table, a metal fire pit and a BBQ grill. The dining table included a sun umbrella, but that didn’t provide enough shade and wouldn’t protect any area beyond the table itself.
— Plenty of room, with no relief from the sun!
Archadeck of Southwest Houston came to the rescue of our Pearland clients! After consulting with them about what they wanted to include with their patio covering, we designed and built a splendid cover that makes their patio much more usable during the warmer months. As you can see, it’s a solid, sturdy structure including a shingled roof that blends in with their home’s existing roof.
No Need for Roughing It With These Creature Comforts
The interior of the patio cover is a beautiful pine tongue and groove ceiling. And … when we build a roof and a ceiling, we then have the opportunity to install electrical wiring for even more creature comforts. In this case we added some recessed can lights and a ceiling fan with a light. This lighting, too, is an improvement because previously the only light they had for the patio was one lantern on the wall beside the home’s back door. Now they can eat outdoors after dark and see the meal on their plates! For convenience we also ran wiring to two of the patio cover’s support columns and installed electrical outlets there.
Solid Architectural Support Adds Visual Interest As Well
Structural elements that also make this patio cover visually appealing include stone around the base of the support columns and the open gable design at the end of the roof.
We built the base of the columns using cultured stone that mimics natural stacked stone and contributes to the sturdy feel of the structure. The open gable at the end of the roof includes a three-pronged architectural element called a king post truss. While this part of the structure helps support the weight of the roof, it also provides a rustic, decorative touch. And the open gable design allows for additional air circulation boosted by the ceiling fan – a huge improvement over an uncovered patio on a sweltering afternoon!
Let Archadeck of Southwest Houston Make Your Patio Beautiful
Finally, we added a decorative touch to the surface of the patio itself with a beautiful stain and stamp concrete design that looks like stone. The homeowners love it, and we do, too!
Altogether these Pearland, TX, homeowners now have a much more usable patio with protection from the sun’s rays, breezes from an overhead fan and light for after-dark visibility. Archadeck of SW Houston designs these high-quality custom details into every project we build.
Would your home’s outdoor space in the Southwest Houston area be more usable with a patio cover? We can also add an outdoor kitchen to that patio, taking your outdoor living experience to the next level. Whatever outdoor living combination you desire for your home, we can design and build it. Call Archadeck of Southwest Houston at (713) 391-8613 or email us at [email protected].
David Herbert, Owner, Archadeck of Southwest Houston