The roof covered outdoor living space was the first architecture created by human beings. Our desires and needs to stay shaded from the blazing sun or stay dry during a rainstorm has changed little in since then. It is in our nature to enjoy being outdoors but we often need protection from the elements. As the outdoor living movement has grown, designers have expanded their ideas for covered spaces to maximize the outdoor livability in a project. Outdoor living spaces with roofs have a practical functionality, define the room’s parameters and add architectural character.
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The front porch with a porch roof and the screened in back porch are classic examples of a covered outdoor living space. These architectural features are rarely included in home construction today, so homeowners are left to add them if the wish. Often homes lack much architectural character, especially in the back. Adding a porch and roof adds that needed character with all the outdoor living benefits. Roofs can also be designed over back patios that have been designed with integration to a broader series of outdoor living spaces.
A covered outdoor living space can include a wide range of accessories. Recessed lighting extends the uses into the evening. Ceiling fans cool the space on hot summer days. Radiant heaters in the ceiling warm the area in the late fall or early spring. Or if the budget allows, a gas or wood burning fireplace can serve to heat the space. A fireplace will also provide architectural character and a key feature around which to create a seating area. And for some people, the chimney creates a perfect location to mount the flat screen television above the fireplace. A covered outdoor room can even accommodate a full outdoor kitchen as long as the good exhaust hood is installed over the grill.
A covered outdoor room can range from the simple to the very complex depending on a homeowners desires and budgets. The most successful project will involve an experienced design and construction team that knows how to balance those three elements. Start with a landscape architect experienced in these types of projects