Are you looking for a comfortable structure to sit underneath when you go out into your backyard?
Do you want something you can use without having to go through the complicated measures and permitting required to attach it to your house?
Have you ever considered setting up a standalone patio in your backyard?
A standalone patio is a covered structure that sits in your backyard on its own, without relying on the support of your house or any other building. It has four support posts instead of just two, and it can come in a variety of different sizes and heights. Some people prefer a slatted style cover on this type of patio while others want a sun shade option.
Although you may not think it’s an ideal situation to have a standalone patio instead of one that attaches to your home or to another structure in your yard, there are actually several advantages to this type of setup. Here are a few of our favorites:
Now that you understand a little bit more about what makes one of these patios such a great option, you’re probably ready to learn how to build a stand alone covered patio for yourself. And that’s where we come in! Below, we’ve got a list of all the materials you’ll need and every step you’ll have to take to complete this DIY project in no time.
This is a great project for intermediate carpentry DIYers who may know their way around power tools already. If you’re a brand-new beginner, you might want to ask for assistance from someone who has had a little bit of experience in building structures like this one.
Read on to learn more!
- 1Mark the area where you want your standalone patio to be located. If you prefer, you can use stakes and a rope to section this area off, or you can spray the grass with spray paint. If you don’t have any of these on hand, you can lay down boards to create the area you want to work with.
- 2Use the post hole digger to dig out four holes for the main posts. Make holes that are 24 inches deep and 9 inches wide.
- 3Pour a couple of inches of gravel into each hole.
- 4Place a 4x4 post into each hole and brace each post with a temporary 2x4 for support. Check the level of each post before continuing.
- 5Mix the quick-dry cement according to the directions on the label and pour it around each post in each of the four holes. Let it stand for 24 hours before you continue the project.
- 6Cut beams from your 2x10 wood pieces to whatever lengths you need to cover the distance from post to post. These will become your joist beams. If you choose, you can draw a decorative design on the ends of these beams and cut it out using your jigsaw to give your patio a more finished look.
- 7Drill holes through the joist beams and main posts, and attach the beams to the posts with 3” lag bolts.
- 8Check the level of these beams before continuing.
- 9Use your 2x6 boards (cut down as needed) to cross the joist beams in a perpendicular pattern. They should be slightly longer than the length of the patio so that they overhang a little bit.
- 10Position these beams evenly across the top of the patio. Secure them in place with the galvanized deck screws.
- 11Finally, check the level of your whole patio once more. If you prefer a different type of roof on your structure, you may purchase a variety of different patio roofing kits or choose to cover your standalone patio with a sun shade for the hotter parts of the year.
- 12Congratulations! You have just completed your standalone covered patio. This type of patio is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without ever having to leave the comfort of your backyard to do so.
Are you ready to get started building? There’s a lot to do, so don’t hesitate to begin as soon as you’re ready! We hope we’ve inspired you to want to try your hand at building your own standalone patio. These structures can be excellent additions to your backyard and give you a peaceful, comfortable place to relax any time you want to go out for some fresh air and sunshine.
Remember to always stay safe when you’re working on any DIY projects, whether you’ve done this one time or a hundred times. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when you’re working on building a patio like this one:
In no time, you’re sure to have the best covered standalone patio on the block, ready and waiting for parties and events!