When considering adding a patio cover to your home, the first major decision you need to make is where to put it. The answer isn’t always as obvious as you think.
Most homes are built according to a traditional footprint: The front of the house faces the street and the rear of the house abuts a backyard. On either side are other homes.
But what happens when your house isn’t traditional?
Determining Patio Placement
You may live in a home that has a street on the side of the house as well as the front of the house. Or your home may be built on a cul-de-sac in which there is as much or more space on one or both of the sides of your house as there is in the backyard.
Determining where to place your patio cover is a significant decision. While most homeowners do place their patio cover over the patio in their backyard, it’s important to consider all options before making a final decision.
In some instances, there could be some value to adding a patio cover to the side of your home. Or building your patio cover to extend along the front porch of your home.
Things to Consider
When choosing the location for your patio cover, the important things to consider are convenience, practicality, and cosmetics.
Most homeowners want their patio cover where they are going to get the most use out of it. That’s probably why most patio covers are built in the backyard, where people can entertain their family, friends, and neighbors.
Practical consideration also comes into play, however. If your backyard is narrow or there are overhead power lines, you may need to reconsider the location.Finally, there are the cosmetics of
Finally, there are the cosmetics of your patio cover. How will it change the way your house looks? In most instances, patio covers are an improvement. But if your patio cover isn’t, you may want to choose a different location for it.