Patio Enclosures

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Patios are great features for any home to relax outside and spend time in the fresh air. However, if there's much sun, too many bugs, or not enough privacy, you may opt to construct a patio enclosure to make the most of your time outdoors.

Below is some basic information and tips on how to build a patio enclosure onto your existing patio.

Building a Patio Enclosure

There are two options for building a patio enclosure: you can either purchase a kit or build it yourself.

Patio Kit

  • A patio kit comes with everything you need (except for tools), so you won't have to worry about buying enough materials (such as wood, screening, etc.).

  • If you don't have much experience or construction know-how, a pre-fabricated kit will be a simpler approach. The included instructions will help you build the enclosure step-by-step.

  • The picture of the finished product on the box will give you an idea of what your enclosure will look like.

Do it Yourself Enclosure

  • Construct a frame for your patio with two-by-four construction lumber.

  • The studs of the frame should be placed about 16 inches apart. Check your local building codes first, however, as they may have different requirements.

  • Once the frames of the walls are complete, you'll need to get some help from a few other people to lift and secure them into place around your patio.

  • Create rafters for the roof. Using two-by-four lumber once again, create joists across the top of the frame walls.

  • Lay plywood across the joists and nail it into place.

  • Then you can lay down shingles or other roofing material.

  • Use a staple gun to attach a screen around the outside of the frame walls.

  • To keep the wood of the frame and roof protected, stain it with an outdoor wood stain in the color of your choosing.
Once the stain is dry, it won't be long before you'll be outside enjoying a book or meal, bug-free and in the shade.

Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

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