This article introduces the HomeTips section on planning and building a patio roof, pergola, or gazebo. It offers links to additional detailed diagrams and DIY how-to information.

Patio roofs, pergolas, and gazebos offer shelter and a sense of enclosure outdoors.

In doing so, they offer us a place to entertain friends, gather in the shade, or just enjoy a little private relaxation. Beyond these functional purposes, patio roofs and gazebos can enhance the beauty and value of our home’s property.

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Patio roofs, for example, can visually extend rooms into the yard and offer cover or shade, effectively creating an outdoor living room. Gazebos can become a dynamic focal point in your landscape plan, inviting guests to explore, converse, and relax.

In this section of HomeTips, you will find extensive help with planning, buying, and building patio roofs, gazebos, pergolas, and other outdoor shelters.

Next, please see these articles for buying and construction information:

• Patio Roof & Gazebo Materials
Patio Roof & Gazebo Construction
• Building a Patio Roof or Gazebo
• How to Build a Kit Gazebo
• Pouring Concrete Footings & Piers

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort