Patios / Pergolas
Adding a patio or deck to a house to form an outdoor living area is one of the most common renovations undertaken in this country today. An outdoor living area resonates with our climate and our easy going lifestyle, and adds real estate value to your home.
A patio is an area, usually on ground, that is covered by a roof. Once having established that you would like a patio, there are many things to consider:
- Proposed use of the area – for sitting, dining, outdoor cooking
- Location in relation to the house
- Access from the house
- Impact on other adjacent rooms
- View from patio area
- Style of roof – attached at gutter line, flyover, integrated into existing house roof
- Type of roof covering
First of all, you need to determine why you want this area and how you are going to use it. The answer here will determine the answers to the other questions, and will dictate the form that this renovation will take. Make time to consider your lifestyle, and your priorities. Having said that, you may also be thinking of the eventual real estate value of your home when you come to sell and you may decide to build something grander than you really need for yourself, but which if well designed will add value to the home and give it the “WOW” factor that purchasers look for.
The size is important. A small area is OK if you only want an area to read a book or indulge in some quiet contemplation, but if you want to entertain friends a much larger area is required.
Next consider the location in relation to the house and the access from the house, not forgetting the proposed use of the area. A small roofed area off a bedroom is fine for personal relaxation, but if you require an entertaining area, it should be attached to and accessible from a communal area of the house. The kitchen should be adjacent to but not form part of the access way to the area.
Impact on adjacent rooms is important. Patio roofs often darken rooms inside the house, so you may need to consider skylights in those rooms. Toilets and bathrooms with windows opening onto the area are not desirable. The occupants of an adjacent bedroom would also need to be considered in the planning stages of this renovation.
Consider the possible views from your patio area, and how you can maximise these and still maintain the renovation decisions you have made so far.
Next think about the style of roof you would like and is most suited to your design criteria. A roof attached at the gutter line is easy and less expensive but generally unsatisfactory due to low height, and restriction of light inside the house. A flyover roof has the advantage of increased height, better air circulation and less restriction of light inside the house, but on the negative side may also allow rain in during heavier storms. A roof that is integrated into the existing roof is probably the most expensive option, but will be waterproof under all conditions and correctly done with matching building materials will add the most real estate value to your home. In this instance, the shape of the roof will be dictated by the existing house, but if you choose an attached or flyover roof, you have more design scope. You could choose from a range of flat, gable and curved shapes. The basic structural building materials would be either timber or powder coated steel. Use of the latter allows free form modern design with gable and curved shapes.
Now you need to consider the type of roof covering. Types available are:
- Metal sheeting (generally color bond)
- Concrete or terracotta tiles
- Insulated metal roof panels
- Polycarbonate sheeting in traditional profiles such as corrugated
- Flat multi cell polycarbonate sheeting
Our design consultants are experts in the field and can discuss the pros and cons of all of the available building renovation options, and can help you decide what is best for your house. Call or email us today for a free, no obligation appraisal and assessment of your existing house and the renovation options available to you.