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In the Pacific Northwest we can’t depend on sunny skies all year but a covered patio can mean the difference between being cooped up when it rains or enjoying the fresh air. If you like to barbeque year-round, watch football games with friends outdoors, or simply want to enjoy your beautiful backyard landscaping when summer ends; a covered patio is the perfect solution.

Extending your home's functional space with a covered patio is a fantastic way to enhance your outdoor living experience, make the most out of the usable space in your backyard, increase property value, and create a versatile area for all types of gatherings. Whether you're looking to relax, entertain, or simply enjoy the beauty of your outdoor surroundings, a covered patio can offer numerous benefits.

Advantages of a Covered Patio

A covered patio provides shelter from the sun, rain, and other weather elements, allowing you to use the space year-round. It also effectively expands your living area, providing extra room for dining, lounging, or even setting up an outdoor kitchen. The space can serve multiple purposes, such as hosting family gatherings, parties, or just providing a cozy spot for reading or relaxation.

A well-designed covered patio can also boost your property's value and appeal to potential buyers if you decide to sell in the future.

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Tips for Creating the Perfect Covered Patio

There are some things you should know about how to build a patio before you get started. Incorporating the following tips and ideas into your covered patio project will ensure that you not only extend your home's functional space but also create a welcoming outdoor oasis for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.

Design Considerations

Plan the layout and design carefully. Consider the size, shape, and location of your patio. Think about how it will blend with the existing architecture of your home.


Patio cover options include a retractable awning, pergola, or a fixed roof. Some things to consider when choosing the type of cover are the architectural style of your house, your budget, the building materials available in your region, the orientation of the patio to the sun, and the size and scale of the patio and overhead.

Material Selection

Choose durable and weather-resistant materials for your patio, such as concrete, pavers, or natural stone for the flooring. For the cover, options include wood, metal, or even a combination of materials.

Furniture and Décor

Selecting outdoor patio furniture that suits your style and needs will help you create the perfect outdoor living room. Invest in comfortable seating, tables, and outdoor rugs. Decorate with cushions, throw pillows, and potted plants to create a welcoming atmosphere.


Incorporate outdoor lighting to extend the usability of your covered patio into the evening. Options include string lights, lanterns, wall sconces, or even built-in fixtures for a more permanent solution.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can help keep the space cool during hot summer days and create a gentle breeze.

Shade Options

Depending on the amount of sun that hits your backyard and your personal preferences, you can add additional shade elements like retractable awnings, pergolas, or outdoor curtains.

Outdoor Kitchen or Grill

If you enjoy cooking outdoors, consider adding an outdoor kitchen or a built-in grill to your covered patio. This can enhance your entertainment capabilities.


Consider privacy screens, lattice, or landscaping elements to create a more secluded and intimate space.


For cooler seasons, consider adding heating elements to your covered patio such as a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Outdoor heaters can also be set up.

Before starting your covered patio project, it's essential to check local building codes and obtain any necessary permits. Consulting with a professional contractor or architect is a great way to design a functional and beautiful space that suits your needs and budget.

Trust Malone’s Landscape with Your New Covered Patio

There are so many benefits to adding a covered patio to your home. We'll take care of the design, construction, and even the permits. All you have to do is decide what your first outdoor gathering will be with your new covered patio. Contact us today to get started.