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Outdoor Patio Cover Designs That Will Wow Guests

07/27/2023
Outdoor Patio Cover Designs That Will Wow Guests

There are endless ways to create a customized patio cover design. From the layout of the space to the furniture and outdoor decor, it’s easy to change an ordinary backyard into a magical paradise.

But what elements elevate the look and bring the “wow” factor? The wood type and size, style and shading options all help to make a memorable design statement. Here are a few ways to impress your guests and create a space you love.

Wood Type and Size

Wood patio kits make it easy to create an impressive backyard structure. Heavy timber has a definite “wow” factor, especially when using a beautiful wood like Western Red Cedar or Redwood, both of which have a warm, luxurious look to create a welcoming feel.

A large beam size of 6×8 or 6×12 situated on large 6×6 posts instantly gives a grand appeal, and when finished with Simpson® Outdoor Accents®, it adds a lot of character. The looming presence makes it impressive, and the decorative hardware makes it pop.

Our J&W Lumber stores offer custom milling so there are essentially no limitations to how grand you go for your patio cover size. Our specialists can put together a patio cover kit, complete with all the materials you need to build a custom-made look.

Style Trends

Tiered patio covers are a current trend made up of a combination of taller and slightly shorter beams. For instance, a tiered construction may consist of 10 ft. beams for the outside and middle with an 8-foot beam clearance, creating a striking presence.

Another popular patio cover style is a gable, or pitched A-frame. This design maximizes the space and presents a light and airy ambiance. Meanwhile, the addition of the Simpson® black ornamental hardware, called Outdoor Accents, further elevates the look by giving it a modern, stately appearance.

Regardless of whichever style you choose, you can also customize the rafter and beam end cuts to match the aesthetic. For homeowners who want a modern patio cover design, a minimalistic cut may work best or when creating a Spanish-style look, a scallop or corbel cut may be better suited. It all comes down to the details when making your vision come to life.

Shading Options

In addition to the style, the function of your patio cover is just as important. There are several options to choose from to get the desired shade coverage you want. The Phoenix Lattice Patio Cover kit follows a traditional pergola style, though with an openness allowing ample airflow and shade.

Meanwhile, the Infinity Canopy system can transform your backyard into a resort-style environment with flexible shade coverage to keep the look and feel cool and relaxing. The Infinity Canopy stainless steel cable system is packaged with everything you need and can be sold by square foot to meet your preferred measurements. Additionally, there are multiple colors and two kinds of materials to choose from when installing on an attached or free-standing patio cover or between two structures.

Outdoor Decor

Once you have the main framework in place, then you can add other outdoor decor and accessories to continue with the customization of your look. From patio cover lighting to columns and ceiling fans to mounted TVs, you can convert a previously unused backyard space into an inviting extension of your home. Whether it’s for backyard gatherings or a quieter area designated for your own rest and relaxation, there are plenty of ways to upgrade it to something special.

LED recessed DekDots, decorative screen panels, plus an outdoor fountain or waterfall can create a tranquil escape. Whereas, LED pergola lighting, a ceiling fan, and comfortable outdoor furniture make it an optimal space to host a BBQ or celebration.

Depending on your intended design and desired shade coverage, there are many different ways to create an impressive look. Think about how you’d like to use your space most and design your ideal atmosphere accordingly.

We have the materials you need to make your patio cover design come to life. Stop by your local J&W Lumber store and speak to one of our specialists to get started.

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