This Is How To Build A Stand Alone Covered Patio (DIY Step-By-Step w/ Videos)

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:

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    These structures usually don’t require permits. This is not true everywhere, however, so be sure you speak with your city, county, or township before you start digging, just in case. However, since it isn’t a part of the home itself, most of the time you can build a covered standalone patio without having to worry about any complicated permitting issues, which can save you a lot of money and hassle throughout your project.
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    Standalone patios can be much larger than those attached to your house. As long as you have enough support posts and beams for them, you can build these structures as large (or as small) as you prefer. This makes it a lot easier to customize the look of your standalone patio and to make it into something you can truly enjoy using for your family gatherings and parties with friends, too.
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    Standalone patios are easier to install than those supported by a house. You don’t have to worry about attaching anything to the eaves or roof of the house, and you don’t have to be concerned with whether or not everything is capable of supporting everything else safely in the way you would be when using your house as part of the structure.

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!

Materials

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  • Lag bolts
  • Gravel
  • 2x4 pressure-treated boards
  • 4x4 pressure-treated boards
  • 2x6 pressure-treated boards
  • 2x10 pressure-treated boards
  • Quick-dry cement
  • Circular saw
  • Galvanized screws for decks
  • Level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Spade
  • Socket set
  • Hammer
  • Ladder
  • Post hole digger
  • Jigsaw

Steps

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    Mark 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.
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    Use the post hole digger to dig out four holes for the main posts. Make holes that are 24 inches deep and 9 inches wide.
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    Pour a couple of inches of gravel into each hole.
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    Place a 4x4 post into each hole and brace each post with a temporary 2x4 for support. Check the level of each post before continuing.
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    Mix 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.
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    Cut 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.
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    Drill holes through the joist beams and main posts, and attach the beams to the posts with 3” lag bolts.
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    Check the level of these beams before continuing.
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    Use 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.
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    Position these beams evenly across the top of the patio. Secure them in place with the galvanized deck screws.
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    Finally, 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.
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    Congratulations! 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.

Conclusion

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:

  • Always have someone else around to help out. Whether holding your ladder for you, helping you support heavy beams, or just making sure you’re operating all your tools correctly, it’s important to have another person close at hand throughout any type of project like this one.
  • Level everything along the way. This way, you don’t have to worry about the whole structure being unsound and un-level when it’s finished.
  • When in doubt, add support. If you’re worried about higher winds where you live, for example, add some steel support brackets for better results.
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In no time, you’re sure to have the best covered standalone patio on the block, ready and waiting for parties and events!

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