As soon as homeowners realize spring is right around the corner, they set into a frenzy or a panic to prepare the yard for outdoor living. If last year was a scorcher, partly because there was not quite enough shade, then patio covers top the to-do list.
Once people decide they need a patio cover, they go on some wild goose chases, deciding that they need a "San Diego patio cover designer". It turns out patio covers provide the shade and go by several technical or official terms.
The people who design them may include carpenters, landscape designers, landscape architects, architects, and landscapers. Typically, though, focus on finding professionals in your area who are dedicated to outdoor living and design. A landscape architect is the right person for the job if there are flooding concerns, with a special training and licensing to design practical and functional covers that are also great looking.
Instead of ending up with a mishmash of styles and designs, get the plans in place before doing any work. It might sound costly, because hiring a landscape architect may cost a couple thousand dollars, but it is worth it. Here's why.
They can design a master plan that works with your personal style and taste. They will survey your land beforehand to identify any areas prone to flooding and erosion, or that could be revitalized to help you enjoy the space better. As you have time and money to add onto the yard's features, it will all work together thanks to the landscape architect's plans.
More than ever, the materials used in building on the indoors or outdoors are changing. These days, recycled plastic, rubber, wood, fiberglass and even aluminum are among the materials you may find making up a portico, awning, or other outdoor structure.
Patio Covers Vs. Pergolas
People often call patio covers what the designer might relabel an awning or a portico. It depends on what it is covering. Both structures are attached from one side to the home. At least two poles will be planted into the ground.
A portico might cover the entryway to your home, meanwhile. It also has two poles in the ground, with the overhang being attached to the house itself. Many people talk about pergolas when they want a patio cover. Though, not to be too confusing, that's an entirely separate structure, quite literally.
The pergola might cover a seating area up near the pool, in other words, where there is no other structure for which it to be attached. The pergola is free-standing, with its poles entirely buried in the ground.
Be prepared for some sticker shock. If the designer and their team do the job right, the posts for the pergola or a patio cover/awning will need to be cemented into the ground, or otherwise anchored into place. They may need to hire people to dig holes, and secure the poles with cement.
Start with a master plan. Get the right materials from the start so that you may enjoy the future of your yard starting today.