As the New Year rolls in, you are probably thinking of all the home improvement projects you want to tackle for 2017! If you have more projects than you have the motivation, time, or budget for which one should you start with? A covered porch or patio might be the perfect place to start.

If done correctly, you’ll be asking yourself how you ever lived without a covered porch. The extra living space can become a great entertaining spot or a nice, relaxing space while adding value to your home.

covered porch with decorative landscaping and patio furniture
You can spruce up a covered porch with landscaping.

Outdoor living areas are trending right now (for very good reasons!). Covered porches can be very elaborate and versatile by being a living area, dining space, and sometimes an extra kitchen!

covered porch with full kitchen and fire place
If you don’t want a full blown kitchen like this covered porch but want a cooking spot, consider building a brick oven, pizza oven, or fireplace.

Since the space is sheltered from some environmental elements you can even decorate the space. These furnishings will last longer by being sheltered from most weather conditions. You can feel better about investing more money into decorations, rugs, and furniture if it will endure longer.

You might find that adding a covered patio or porch will reduce your utility bills since it increases the amount of shade around your home. Depending on where you live, you might find that it’s a good idea to add ceiling fans or some outdoor heaters to help lengthen the span of usable weather.

Lastly, putting in a quality covered porch will increase the value of your home. If you happen to live in a more competitive housing market or put your house up at a competitive time of year, the extra outdoor living space might give you the edge.

 

6 comments

  1. I have a great looking patio and even had the concrete stained last summer, so it looks great. Unfortunately, I live in a very rainy area, so I’ve been able to use my patio much less than I’d like. I like your point that I’ll be able to prolong the life of my furniture too.

  2. Porches are usually located in front of the main front entrance to a home. If someone is thinking of adding a porch or refurbishing the existing one, that means he might be thinking about the advantages of having one. The benefits of adding a porch are given below.
    1)It adds useful hanging space for the garments.
    2)It encloses the electric meter near the door.
    3)It creates an extra layer which serves as the defense against the intruders.
    4)It also helps in improving energy efficiency by providing heat loss to the outside. Etc.
    So, to my view it is a very effective approach to add a covered porch. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like how you mentioned that putting in a patio cover can increase the value of your home. My husband and I recently moved into this house, and there’s a patio, but it’s completely open to the elements. I think it would be nice to have some extra living space that can be used at any time, and increasing the value of our house would be a nice bonus, so we’ll look into putting in a patio cover.

  4. My husband and I are trying to make our backyard living space more usable and fun, so we’ve been thinking about looking into getting a patio cover. I had no idea that the options could be so versatile, and that some covers can allow space for things like ovens and stoves. In my opinion, the more suited to your family your patio is, the more it will be used. Thank you for the information!

  5. I liked that you had mentioned that the right covered patio can even reduce your utility bills because it’s adding extra shade to the home. My wife and I have always wanted to build our patio out and add a cover but we weren’t sure if the end satisfied the need. Knowing that this can look great and even reduce our cost on the utility bill, we might have to start looking for a company to handle the install.

  6. My wife and I just built a patio in the backyard but we aren’t sure if we need a cover or not. I like that you mention how a patio cover protects all your stuff from the elements so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged. This would put my mind at ease when it comes to buying decorations for the patio because I know they won’t be damaged. Thanks for sharing.

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