Getting the Best Design for your Patio Cover Outdoor Living Area

By January 2, 2019November 24th, 2022No Comments

When you are running through your thoughts, options, colours, designs, etc for your new outdoor living area, deck or patio cover; we will guide you through three areas of consideration. These are:


  • Design,
  • Materials &
  • Accessories.

By considering these three areas whilst you are investigating the options to enhance your home, it should mean that you will ultimately achieve an outdoor living area, deck or patio cover that is function (by functional I mean an area that I can use all year round), meets your budget & lastly looks great.

Today, we are going to focus on the first area – ‘Getting the Best Design for your Patio Cover Outdoor Living Area’. So, what are your design options?


  • Flat
  • Sillion
  • Traditional Gable
  • Hipped Roof
  • Dutch Gable
  • Curved

How do you choose the best design for your home?


  1. Consider the size of the area you want to cover
    Why? If the area is too small a gable might look out of place for the size of the area.
    If you have the opportunity early in the design phase & are not constricted by any physical limitations, always try to grab a small bit of additional floor space. That way you will avoid doing the ‘tippy toe dance’ around your guests because the outdoor living area is too full & small.
    Read more here about designing the right sized alfresco outdoor living area
  2. How will it be connected back to your home?
    Do you have a high eave line or do you have to fix the patio cover above your existing roof line? As an example, you might not want to then install a gabled roofline if the connection point will already be high as then the patio cover will be too high, could look funny & won’t offer much protection.
  3. What’s your budget?
    A gable might not fit. As a very general rule of thumb, a gable can be double the cost of a flat-roofed structure, as you have more material required & it takes longer to install.
    As an alternative, you could still get height within your outdoor living area by using a skillion design.



‘Gables’ can come in a variety of forms – Hipped Roof, Dutch Gable, but the most common is the Traditional gable.

Design for Patio Cover Alfresco Outdoor Living AreaOne feature that you can include within your gable is to add downlights within the ridge line. This not only cleans up an often dirty or forgotten area but can also make the area more functional so you can use the area in the evening. Think about your accessories early when designing your outdoor living area or patio cover.


TIP: If you are considering any form of gable, get the balance right. Sometimes a gable can look squashed if the area is too small or too flat if you don’t get the roof pitch right. Refer back to the existing roof pitch of your home & try to match it; this way your outdoor living area or patio cover will look more integrated rather than a ‘slap on’.  



It’s flat – pretty simple. Sometimes, people try to make it all too fancy or complicated. Remember the KISS method (Keep it Simple Stupid), as sometimes simple can sometimes be better in your design.


Ensure you have enough height to play with if you are leaning towards a flat-roofed pergola. If it’s too low the area could feel claustrophobic & might not get enough airflow.

Design for Patio Cover Alfresco Outdoor Living AreaSkillion:

I think that a skillion design is sometimes forgotten but can often be the most effective.

A skillion is where it is higher at one end & lower at the opposite & it can work really well on a double-storey brick wall or even fixed above an existing roof line.

Design for Patio Cover Alfresco Outdoor Living AreaA skillion can also give similar benefits to a gable – such as good height & thus air flow, without the cost or complexity of design that sometimes follows with a gable.  



Curved patio covers can be used with either a Colorbond or polycarbonate roofing material.

We don’t offer a curved design option within our range simply as the number of homes we just don’t see homes that already have a curved area. To install a curved roof we feel would make it look out of place.

I hope this helps you get a better outdoor living area for your home. Remember that all of our material options (detailed below) can be used in any of these design styles.



Would you like to find out more?

Can you entertain us and relax outside all year round? Is your BBQ & outdoor furniture always covered?

Contact us to have a discussion about the options available for your home.

We highly recommend that you share a coffee with us in our office so you can have a closer look at the products available on our display. We find that this helps our clients a lot as they can get a ‘hands-on’ feel for each material option.

Our display is by appointment only, so use the section below to book a suitable time for us to meet one on one to casually discuss your outdoor lifestyle.


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