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What some good tips for building DIY patio enclosures?

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Premade fence panels from home improvement stores can be used to make a quick and easy patio enclosure. Panels come in a variety of sizes and styles.

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Wood fence panels installed and painted to match decor make good patio enclosures. A variety of decorative pieces hung from the panels provides a lot of room for creativity. Some patio owners hang old metal farm tools or install wrought iron lighting powered by solar power or sconces that hold candles. Kits for totally enclosing a patio are available from Affordable Sunrooms.

If your patio already has a roof over it, you use retractable screening you can easily choose between an open patio and an enclosed one. If you do not have a roof over your patio, an outdoor awning with attached screens is easy to install. Outdoor curtains provide privacy and protection from the sun without a lot of work or expense.

Columns supporting a patio roof can support an extensive framework for Plexiglass panels so your patio will be usable throughout more of the year. An existing low rock wall surrounding a patio can also support a wood framework to support mosquito netting or Plexiglass panels. Pagodas are sometimes constructed in order to add a roof to a patio.

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