Every home in LifeStyle’s portfolio of plans features a truss-covered rear patio which encourages our homeowners to savor the outdoors on pleasant Florida spring days and evenings. To take full advantage of this space, however, it’s crucial to incorporate design and décor elements that take into account the unique characteristics of our climate.

Here’s what to consider when perfecting your patio.

1.Choose durable furniture materials. Opt for comfortable outdoor furniture that can withstand Florida’s heat, humidity, sunlight exposure, salt-air exposure, and occasional storms. We suggest materials like rust-resistant aluminum, teak hardwood, UV-resistant resin wicker, polymer or recycled plastic furniture, or powder-coated steel. Finish your pieces off with water-resistant cushions in Sunbrella fabric or a similar fabric made for the outdoors.

2.Create additional shade. Since Florida can get very sunny, a covered patio is essential for providing shade and protection from the sun’s rays. For additional shade, sprinkle in some adjustable umbrellas to provide added relief from the heat. They not only offer protection from UV exposure but also add visual interest to your covered porch.

3.Incorporate tropical landscaping. Another way to add shade while enhancing the ambiance of your patio is to add plants and landscaping. Choose palm trees, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and other native plants to create a resort-like atmosphere. If you have a pool, surround it with lush landscaping for a tropical oasis vibe.

4.Guard against pests and insects. There are numerous ways to keep pests and insects from ruining an otherwise enjoyable day or evening outdoors on your covered patio. Some examples include:

  • Installing screen enclosures to create a barrier against flying insects like mosquitoes and gnats.
  • Adding ceiling fans to not only help keep you cool on hot days but also create airflow that makes it difficult for mosquitoes and other flying insects to fly near you.
  • Putting out some citronella candles or torches that can help repel mosquitoes and other flying insects with their scent.

5.Design for privacy. You can create a private patio oasis by incorporating privacy screens, hedges, or fences. This enhances the overall sense of seclusion.

6.Create a relaxing atmosphere. Enhance the ambiance of your pool area with features that promote relaxation and comfort. Consider adding a hammock, swinging chair, or outdoor daybed where you can lounge and unwind.

7.Add an outdoor dining area. If you opted for a summer kitchen with your LifeStyle home, we recommend creating a designated dining area where you can enjoy al fresco meals and cocktails with family and friends.

8.Install outdoor lighting. Extend the usability of your covered patio into the evening by incorporating outdoor lighting. Consider string lights, pathway lighting, or LED fixtures to create a warm and inviting atmosphere while ensuring safety.

9.Add personal touches. Don’t forget to add personal touches that reflect your style and personality. Whether it’s colorful outdoor rugs, decorative pillows, or artwork, these small details can make your rear patio feel like an extension of your indoor living space.

10.Ensure safety. Last but not least, prioritize safety by installing pool fencing if applicable, gates, and other safety features to prevent accidents and ensure peace of mind for you and your family.

By incorporating these tips and ideas, you can create a beautiful and functional covered patio that enhances your Florida home’s outdoor living experience.