Are you thinking about making your own patio cover? Fun! Today we want to inspire you with a very special project from Livvy. She has had her patio cover of her dreams made in her garden. Take a quick look and get inspired!
A patio cover offers many advantages. It not only looks beautiful and luxurious, it really has added value for your home. In the summer you can sit in the shade, while a patio cover also makes it possible to enjoy your garden when the weather is less. With the necessary accessories, such as glass walls, sliding glass doors and heaters, you can even chill in your garden on a rainy day in autumn or on a freezing cold day in winter.
Patio coverings are available in many different types, sizes and colors. But if you have very specific wishes, you can also consider designing your own patio cover and having it made. Livvy decided to do the latter, who had designed the patio cover of her dreams two years ago and had it made in her garden!
Patio cover made of polycarbonate sheets
The patio cover is a combination of cedar planks, which age beautifully, and opaque polycarbonate sheets. They especially wanted to keep the natural light from the patio in. While Lizzy loves the look of a fully covered patio with a roof extension, that design simply wouldn’t provide the light she wanted both indoors and out. After the guy talked to their contractor about options, he showed them some projects he’d done with polycarbonate. They were immediately sold. Polycarbonate is an extremely durable, high-quality plastic that many builders use for patio roofs or garage doors, and other diverse projects around the home and garden. The contractor provided both clear and opaque samples, but they ended up choosing the opaque variety. It is weather resistant and also looks fantastic. The polycarbonate sheets create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, giving the patio a very open feel, despite being covered.
When Lizzy had just moved, the wooden decking of the terrace was extremely warped. It was also painted in the ugliest red / orange color. Apparently it was only two years old at the time of withdrawal, but it deteriorated quite quickly. When they started looking for new wooden decking, they wanted something that would last a long time and withstand a lot of foot traffic. And of course it had to look nice too. Composite decking came up for discussion, and after learning how long it takes, they added it to their list of changes. Although it is more expensive than wood, most manufacturers offer a 25 year warranty. But the biggest advantage is that they make composite decking super easy to maintain. You only need to rinse them once a year. In addition, you will never suffer from deformation, stains or splinters.
When it comes to the patio fence, Lizzy also knew exactly what they wanted, namely mesh. Just mesh that you also see as a fence at children’s farms in chicken coops and pastures with sheep and cows. She thinks the mesh adds such a cozy, homey feel to the space.
Glass sliding door
Sliding glass doors aren’t cheap, of course, but it was something Lizzy insisted on having. It adds so much to both the garden and her home. It lets in enormous peat light, it gives your home a certain spaciousness, and if it is slid open, you can integrate the terrace into the home very nicely. In the summer you can use the garden as an extension of the house.
The facade cladding was also part of this project. They have replaced the original horizontal light blue wooden cladding with horizontal, hardy wide planks. The difference is enormous. In addition, they opted for a rich rich, deep blue color (Haly Navy by Benjamin Moore), with which the wooden planks were painted. Magnificent!
When the contractor had finished building the patio and patio cover, the baton was transferred back to Lizzy. Her job was to furnish the terrace in a nice and cozy way. It had to be a kind of second living room, where they can lounge. There is therefore a real sitting area furnished with a beautiful luxurious woven lounge set, in a light color and light wooden legs. The sofa and the two comfortable garden chairs are connected by a large jute rug. And of course a nice coffee table could not be missed either – Lizzy opted for a wooden version, matching the wooden legs of the garden furniture.
The terrace is of course not complete without nice plants. In addition to plants that are simply placed on the floor, various types of plants have also been placed on a stool and hung as hanging plants on the wooden beams of the patio cover.
What is also very nice is the lighting. This is because pendulum lighting has been installed. These not only provide good functional light, but they also create a very pleasant atmosphere in the garden. This gives the terrace a bit of a bohemian atmosphere.
Since it can get super hot in Austin in the summer, Lizzy also installed a fan on the garden canopy. That way she can still enjoy a breeze, on a warm windless day.
See also :
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12x Garden awnings
8x Garden ideas for decorating a lounge garden!