Since Texas has a year round room to stay outdoors, then the most rewarding investment that anyone can get in is to put in a patio in the house.  Having a patio means having a place to enjoy outdoors any time of the year and at the same time is also increases the value of your home.


While it is true that outdoor design requires certain accommodations that is not exactly similar to the one that you have in your home, when one treats it as an extension of your home by making those elements that you find in your outdoor space as its walls, that impressive environment will likely be loved by everyone around the house and even by friends and family.


Here are some suggestions at that you might find helpful when you are already planning to build one.


There are certain elements you can use to make an outdoor space feel like an actual room so you need to delineate a space with a structure that you want to build,  like a shade that extends to a certain point.  One space can be used for outdoor activities while you can also delineate other space by using rail guards.  Another way of defining the area is bushes, decorative trees and clever furniture arrangements to create a "room" in a backyard.  Or perhaps a group outdoor benches and chair in a way which will promote conversation and encourage frequent use.


If the outdoor living space is not covered, it is important to consider the amount of sun it gets and where you might want to add shades.  You can put built-in canopies to add some shades on a sunny spot.


Other popular features in active adult communities are sunrooms and Arizona rooms.  These are patios at that are covered and screened.  Swimming pool enclosures are secured walls made of glass or plastic windows, and most of the sunrooms are enclosed with walls like these.


It is possible to build something that will lead your guests straight to the main patio without having to go inside the house and this is through a generous front porch, covered patios or sheltered gardens.  You can design it to offer some firsthand taste of what to except when they get to their intended place.


Think of patios as an aviary for birds, unlike small cages that are cramped.  There is space and independence in an aviary.  It has the ambiance of an open environment but well protect from elements that can hinder someone to fully enjoy the outdoors.



The purpose of building a patio by extending your living space should be thought of as bringing that outdoor living and making is a part of your overall home life which is something really nice.