Ok, so talking about the size of your patio doesn’t carry the same risk as telling the possible truth about how your better half’s new jeans really look, but it is important that you get a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve before you start building your new outdoor area.
Over the years we supplied hundreds if not thousands of roofs for patios and along the way we’ve picked up some helpful tips to make the whole process easier. They are:
- Mark out the area you plan to cover or enclose. There are two big benefits from doing this. The first is you can see if the area will hold all of your furniture, or the furniture you plan to use and allow you room to move around it. The flip side is ensuring that you leave enough yard for kids or pets to play in.
- Decide where you would like posts to go. Do they block the view or impede movement? The position of the posts will determine the size of the beams you use and what type of roof sheeting options you will have.
- Think about power points and electrical access. How will you get power to the area? It is easier to get the electrician in early to make an assessment? If you use insulated roof panels (and they are in our view the best product available) you can run power cables in a designated channel that allows lighting or fans to be installed.
- Where will the rainwater go? Is the water from the main roof going to run onto the patio roof? Some simple planning now will stop headaches later. It is often very simple to add a new downpipe into existing plumbing and drainage – as long as it is planned early enough and before slabs are put down or decking completed. If you don’t have a rainwater tank this might be a good time to consider installing one. There are a number of local councils that now require rainwater tanks as part of any new work.
- Check your local council’s planning requirements before you start building. Local councils have been working to make the approvals process simpler and faster. Don’t forget to check your local council’s website. Here are some local links Gold Coast City Council, Logan Council, Brisbane City Council, Tweed Shire Council, Byron Shire Council, Redland City Council and Scenic Rim Region Council.
- If you’re not doing the work yourself - use qualified and experienced tradesmen. There are plenty of guys running around calling themselves chippies whose work isn’t up to scratch. Ask to see examples of work done, check out their credentials and make sure you see their current insurances. If you need help choosing someone contact us or the Master Builders for referrals.
We hope this helps. While it may all seem obvious – good planning will really pay off and you will enjoy your outdoor area all the more. If you think there is something we have missed please let us know and we’ll add an update with readers’ responses.
If you would like to add an outdoor patio to your home please contact us for help with roofing, posts and beams. We also make stainless steel outdoor kitchen benches and aluminium furniture. Please call us on 07 5564 8200 or complete an enquiry form here to see how we can help you.