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Level Up Your Outdoor Living Space with These Detached Patio Ideas

Last Updated on July 8, 2024

Turning a wide-open backyard into an outdoor living destination is one of the best investments you can make in your home. Home buyers highly seek beautiful and functional shade structures for their outdoor living spaces. Moreover, a well-appointed backyard deck, covered patio or pool deck will ensure you and your family get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor spaces.

The location you choose for your outdoor living space will often be influenced by the layout of your backyard and how you plan to use the space. A wall-mounted patio cover can seamlessly extend your indoor living space, but we will explore the amazing potential for detached patio ideas.

Why would you choose a detached patio?

Creating separation between your outdoor living space and your home makes the space truly transportive. With your detached patio, you can step away from the distractions of your daily home life. This physical separation can be especially impactful for people working from home. Adding landscaping and a manicured pathway between the home and the detached patio can further define this separation.

What is a detached covered patio called?

Depending on where you are in the United States, a detached covered patio can be called many things. Undercover patio ideas might include a veranda, gazebo, or covered lanai. Regardless of the space’s name, adding a patio cover to your detached outdoor living space will ensure you get the most enjoyment out of it.

With the proper free standing patio cover, like a modern pergola, you will enjoy shade on the patio as well as protection from the weather. With the right patio cover design, a detached patio can become a truly luxurious and purposeful space.

How do you cover an uncovered patio?

While simple sunshades or retractable patio awnings can create some much-needed shade for a detached patio, they are limited in protecting the space from inclement weather conditions. These simple solutions also leave little room for innovative features or elevated architectural design. Alternatively, a modern aluminum freestanding pergola can be fully customized to turn your detached patio into a resort-caliber outdoor space.

Today’s modern pergolas can be customized with an aluminum patio roof system like our R-SHADE™ insulated fixed roof, which creates full-time shade and weather protection. For more flexibility with the sun/shade balance on the patio, our R-BLADE™ motorized louvered roof allows you to open the roof for full sun exposure, angle the louvers to create shade, or close the roof to completely block out the sun, rain, and support heavy snow load.

Is a covered patio worth it?

High-quality outdoor patio covers are worth the investment, especially if you want to get the most from your money in the outdoor structure.

To ensure your deck cover truly unlocks your best outdoor life it will be imperative to incorporate the functionality you need into its design. With an attached to the wall pergola abutting the home you have ready access to your indoor amenities like the kitchen for cooking or running to grab drinks, but with a detached aluminum patio cover you’ll want to make sure those amenities are built into the patio design.

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What kind of detached patio ideas are popular right now?

When contemplating your detached patio design, you’ll want it perfectly suited to your family’s needs. To ensure it best elevates your home value, it is also important to keep your patio area and design on trend. Choosing an innovative modern pergola roof as your patio cover solution will also maximize these differing uses and turn the backyard deck or patio into an all-season outdoor space.

Some popular designs for a detached patio include:

  • Outdoor dining spaces: Everyone loves to enjoy an alfresco meal during the warm summer months. Designing your pergola with a motorized adjustable louvered roof lets you keep these fun outdoor dinners going even when a rain shower approaches or snow season drops flakes on that patio.
  • Outdoor culinary stations: Complete outdoor kitchens remain extremely popular home additions. Customize your outdoor kitchen with grills, pizza ovens, sinks with running water, refrigeration units, or full bars so you have every tool at your disposal.
  • Private hot tub escapes: Bring the spa experience to your backyard with a hot tub under your pergola. Ideally, incorporate motorized retractable screens or fixed privacy walls into the pergola design to keep prying eyes from interrupting your hot tub time.
  • Backyard movie theaters: Consider including a fan beam in the design of your pergola roof, which can house the wiring for an outdoor projector. You can also swap the retractable privacy curtain for the silver screen.


There are innumerable detached patio cover ideas that will truly elevate your backyard life. If you are considering elevating your patio and would like to explore how including a modern and luxurious pergola on your patio will bring this space to life, contact us today.

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