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Expanding your living space to extend the season

Outdoor living spaces in the PNW aren’t meant to be used only a few months out of the year. Expanding your living spaces with a covered patio structure can significantly enhance your home’s functionality and enjoyment throughout the year. No matter what type of patio you have, you might find the square footage isn’t enough to contain your growing collection of outdoor furniture, potted plants and friends. Luckily, there are several methods and materials you can use to extend your living space.

Begin by assessing your outdoor area to determine the best location and size for the covered patio, considering factors such as sunlight exposure, existing landscaping and proximity to the house. Next, decide on the type of covered structure that suits your needs and complements your home’s architecture, whether it’s a permanent awning, covered pergola or patio roof. Be sure to check local building codes and regulations to ensure compliance before starting any construction, as you will need permits for certain types of structures or modifications.

When selecting materials, opt for durable options like wood, metal or composite materials for the structure, and weather-resistant fabrics or roofing materials for coverings. Prepare the foundation for your patio structure, which may involve pouring concrete footings or installing pavers depending on the chosen design. Whether you hire professionals like Hudson Remodeling or embark on a DIY project, ensure proper installation to guarantee structural integrity and longevity.

Remodeling options for siding include both vertical and horizontal styles.

Install the covering for your patio structure securely to the framework to protect from sun, rain and other weather conditions. Enhance the ambiance of your covered patio with lighting fixtures, outdoor furniture and decor elements, such as string lights, lanterns, comfortable seating and outdoor rugs to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Incorporate landscaping elements such as potted plants, vines, or trellises to add natural beauty and privacy to your outdoor space.

Add finishing touches such as outdoor curtains, blinds or mosquito netting to enhance privacy and functionality as needed. Regularly maintain your covered patio structure to ensure its longevity and performance, including cleaning, sealing and occasional repairs. By following these steps, you can successfully expand your living spaces and extend the usability of your outdoor area throughout the seasons with a covered patio structure.

Summer will be here before you know it! If you’ve been thinking of ways that a patio, porch or sunroom might help you enjoy your home even more, give the experts at Hudson Remodeling a call between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we’ll brainstorm some ideas together.