Top Tips for Enclosing a Patio, Verandah, or Pergola

We cover different approaches people take for this project, discuss the costs involved, and some other important things to keep in mind.

How much does your home’s outdoor space add to the total living area? And how often do you spend time in it? If you are like many people, not enough.

This guide will discuss the benefits of converting an open-air patio into a usable indoor room with enclosed walls and ceiling.

We’ll also share our favourite examples for enclosing patios that show what can be possible when homeowners take on this project.

How to Enclose a Patio

First, let’s look at some common ways to enclose a patio:

1. Fully enclosed and insulated

2. Enclose with glass walls

3. Retractable Screens

4. Outdoor blinds

5. Wooden privacy walls

6. PVC weather screens

7. Sail shade

How much does it cost to enclose a patio?

The cost will be entirely dependent on your project. A fully enclosed patio with insulation will cost a lot more than a gazebo style set-up.

The only true way to know what it’ll cost is by getting bids from contractors or pricing up the materials involved if you intend to DIY.

What are the benefits of enclosing a patio?

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While enclosing an outdoor space can take a lot of work, it can also significantly increase the livability of your property.

Benefits include:

  • It will be warmer in the winter
  • You’ll reduce noise levels, which means less disturbance for or from neighbours.
  • Increase the living space of your home by adding a usable outdoor area. 
  • Appeal to more buyers by adding another living area.
  • Improve indoor/outdoor flow.

What are the disadvantages of enclosing a patio?

Enclosing a patio or verandah can be very expensive and costs can quickly add up which can cause problems if you don’t plan ahead and budget for them.

The other main downside is that it takes up space and reduces your outdoor living area.

You can mitigate this downside by using retractable screens so you get the best of both worlds.

How do you enclose a patio cheaply?

The cheapest way to enclose a patio is by making use of existing structures like walls, fences or sheds.

You can also make do with a temporary option such as a tarp.

What materials are needed for an enclosure?

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To fully enclose your patio, here are the core materials you’ll need:

  • Insulation
  • A wooden frame structure
  • Glass or wood panels
  • Roofing material

But there are always smaller-scale methods too which require less materials: tarpaulins, sail shades etc.

The required materials will really depend on what type of enclosure you’re going for.

How do you winterize an outdoor patio?

When the colder months are approaching the best thing to do is cover your patio with a tarpaulin or sail shade and install an outdoor heater.

If you don’t have any structure, tarpaulins are the cheapest option and also provide shelter from sun and rain at the same time.

Do I need planning permission for a patio enclosure?

The answer will differ depending on what type of construction project you’re undertaking but it’s always advisable for homeowners to check with their local council first before starting work.

It may be that some form of permit is needed so make sure to find out this information in advance.

As far as building regulation goes there are various rules which vary by state so check with your local council before starting any work.

What type of cover can I use for my patio?

There are many types that may be used to provide shade above patios including a retractable roof or shade cloth with a roller system so it’s easy to roll back when you want to let the sun in.

It might also be good to think about installing some kind of heating because this will help keep the temperature comfortable even during cold spells in winter.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.


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