If you and your family enjoy spending a lot of time outside, it's time to start thinking about covered patio installation. One of the benefits of having a covered patio is that it can extend the amount of time you can spend outside. With a covered patio, you can sit outside during summer rain storms or winter snow flurries. While you're planning the design of your covered patio, here are some questions you should ask yourself. Answering these questions will help you choose a patio that will best suit your needs.
What Will You Be Using It For?
When it comes to designing a covered patio for your yard, the first question you need to ask yourself is what your intended use will be. The type of patio you design will depend on how you'll be using it. For instance, if you're going to be using it as a place to get away and unwind at the end of a busy day, you'll want a patio with seating areas. However, if you're planning on using it as space for your outdoor kitchen, you'll want to plan for your cooking needs.
Will the Location Provide Easy Access to the House?
When it comes to your patio, you want to make sure that it provides you with easy access to your home. This is particularly important if you're going to be using it for entertainment purposes. You and your guests will need easy access to the kitchen and the bathroom facilities. To make sure you've chosen the best location, try it out for a few days before you make the final plans.
Using string and stakes, map out the location for your new patio. See how easy it is to get to your home and to other areas of the yard from the location you've chosen. If you decide it doesn't work well, stake out another location until you've picked just the right spot in the yard for your new patio. Mapping out your patio with stakes and string is also a good way to make sure you choose a patio that will be big enough to suit your needs.
What Utilities Will You Need for Your Patio?
If you're going to be using your patio as an outdoor kitchen, you'll need to plan for utilities. In most cases, you'll need both water and electrical lines to be brought out to your patio. However, if you want to have an all-inclusive cook station, you may also want to have lines brought out to the patio for natural gas access, as well. It's also important to note that running electrical lines out to your patio will also allow you to install outdoor lighting to extend your fun into the night, and fans to keep the bugs away.