Backyard Patio Designs

We’re lucky to receive some beautiful weather in Australia and many of us flock to our outdoor spaces to make the most of it. However, we know that this weather can quickly turn on us and we need a solid outdoor living solution to keep us protected in our homes. Pergolas and patios are two such options that have been embraced all across Melbourne and throughout Australia.

You may not know the difference between the two and which one is best for the purpose that you want to use it for. This article will be your guide on whether or not a patio or pergola is more suited for your needs and the space that you have available, as well as making sure you use the terms correctly when speaking with your outdoor experts.

What is a patio?

A patio is an outdoor structure that’s usually built off an adjoining wall from your home. Many people use patios as an outdoor extension of the living room, placing all sorts of outdoor furniture or chairs out there to enjoy the space when the weather’s right. Being that it is essentially an extra room for your house, it’s the perfect addition to those homes where you feel like the walls are closing in on you. Patios are usually built with a flat roof, though you can also go for a curved or gable roof to help match the style of your home.

What is a pergola?

While patio are an extension of your home, pergolas differ in that they are often more standalone structures that form a part of the garden. Many people with pergolas have an open roofing style, letting in nice lots of natural light and allowing the breeze to flow through. Pergolas were originally built to support plants to climb up the structure, and many people still use them for this reason. However, pergolas can still be attached to the house, and so the difference between them simply comes down to the purpose and style behind the design.

How do I decide what’s best for me?

Ultimately, the decision on your outdoor living space is in your hands and will come down to what you’ll be using the structure for. If you’re someone who is in the garden a lot and wants a structure that is aimed at lifting your whole garden’s presence then a pergola may be your best bet. However, a patio is a great versatile option for adding some value to your home and creating more space with an ‘extra room’.

Or perhaps you aren’t interested in either of these options. You might be more of a gearhead and have a number of cars that you’re wanting to protect in the shade at home. This is where many people have benefitted from carports in Melbourne, keeping your pride and joy safe from the elements.