How to Build a Patio Enclosure

Building a patio enclosure is an effective, inexpensive way to update your home. Whether you want to add to the aesthetic beauty of the house, increase your living space, or simply create a dry and shady spot for outdoor activities, there are a number of fairly simple projects from which to choose. Here some ideas to get you started as you consider building a patio enclosure.

Steps

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    Decide the layout concerning the placement of posts or pillars in relation to the walls. Mark these areas with landscaping paint.
    • Always begin in the corners and work out in both directions. This will afford you the opportunity to make adjustments as needed.
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    Place the first set of corner blocks, making sure that the long side is facing out. Place the longer end of a divided splitting block so that the split edge meets the corner block, making a tight seal.
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    Proceed to the second corner, placing the corner block in the opposing direction. Place the remainder of the splitting block, again using the split side to meet the corner block.
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    Build the walls, beginning with the wall adjacent to the post, working away from the corner until you meet the area where the post will be placed. End with a split block so you can alter the size, avoiding any gaps. Face the split end so that it will meet the post.
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    Layer the bricks in an overlapping manner to avoid continuous vertical seams.
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    Proceed with the wall that will be adjacent to the house, ending with a split block. Place the split side against the house.
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    Construct the posts, using four corner blocks. Align them to be centered in relation to the wall panels. Layer the bricks in the same fashion as the walls.
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    Continue to layer blocks until you've reached your desired height.
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    Finish the posts with post caps, applying a small amount of masonry adhesive to the top brick to secure the cap.
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    Complete the walls with wall caps, alternating the caps so that every other cap has the wide side facing out, and vice versa. This will avoid any gaps
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    Screen your porch if your goal is to increase your home's living space, considering whether there is a ceiling already present.
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    Add support posts to the structure. This can be accomplished by installing 2" x 4" (5cm x 10cm) wooden studs, securing them to the floor and the roof with screws.
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    Measure and cut lumber strips into eight pieces for each frame. Construct the frames; one for the front and one for the back of screen section, using carpenter's adhesive and screws.
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    Nail the front of the frame to the back of the frame, putting the screen between them.
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    Trim any excess screen material with a utility knife.
    • Repeat for as many frames as necessary.
    • After testing the fit of each frame into the porch, attach to the rails and posts using 3 inches (7.62 cm) screws.
    • In order to improve the look and durability of your screens, finish by installing trim strips.

Tips

  • You can save money on the screen project by purchasing larger pieces of lumber and using a table saw to size them
  • If you choose to enclose your patio with retractable awning, a general rule of thumb is if the weather is too inclement to sit outside, the awning should be retracted.
  • Before proceeding with any of these projects, it is generally a good idea to contact your local building inspector to inquire about any necessary permits

Warnings

  • Never make sizing adjustments for a brick enclosure within the wall panels or at the corners. This will cause misalignment.


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Categories: Landscaping and Outdoor Building