In a recent post, we took a look at the age-old question, what is the difference between a pergola, patio and verandah? And specifically, we focussed on one of Outside Concepts’ favourite outdoor structures, the pergola.

In this post, we’re moving our attention to the patio as we do our best to answer the question, what is a patio?

What is a patio?

Firstly, it’s worth pointing out that the patio means slightly different things depending on which part of the world you live in. Traditionally, a patio is a Spanish word meaning courtyard or forecourt and referred to an inner court open to the sky. In Canada, patio often refers to outdoor seating at restaurants, while in other countries a patio is simply an outdoor space that is paved.

In Australia, however, a patio is generally quite different to those structures mentioned above. In fact, typically they are not surrounded by walls or fences, aren’t found at restaurants and can be paved, but can also feature timber decking.

In this country, patios are almost always joined to a house, unit or apartment, often to the living area to provide the blend of the inside and outside that is so popular today. And they are often large; certainly large enough for a table, chairs and a barbecue. These days, you can even find patios big enough to include a table, chairs, an outdoor lounge suite and an outdoor kitchen! Plus, patios are often roofed – for example, with Colorbond, polycarbonate sheeting or tiles – to allow use all year round and in all types of weather.

As we discussed in our last article, some of these aspects are what separates a patio from a pergola, with a pergola sometimes being freestanding and often not featuring a roof.

At the end of the day, however, what you decide to call your new structure is up to you. Call it a patio, pergola or verandah, or something more generic such as an outdoor living area, and we won’t care. Just as long as you call Outside Concepts to get the job done for you!

Life’s too short to compromise. Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 for a free quote.

What is a patio? Find out in this Outside Concepts article.