Patios, Porches and Pergolas, Oh My!

In a recent article posted by My Home Ideas.com 101 patios, porches and pergolas were showcased for their outdoor living and entertaining splendor. We picked our top ten to share with all of you for some remodeling and decorating inspiration.

10. Rustic Wooden Pergola

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This rustic wooden charm enchants the back yard with an area designated for your heart's desire; be it an outdoor party or a quiet night gazing at the stars.

9. Patriotic Patio

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While we all may not have this view from our backyard, creating a decorative space for entertaining over holidays such as Memorial Day, The Fourth of July and Labor Day is easily displayed by changing up some patio furniture colors and adding some red accents such as flowers, wreaths and complete with a beautiful American flag.

8. Family Firepit

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The family that plays together, stays together. A picture is worth one thousand words and this picture captures an outdoor family adventure centered around this backyard firepit. Grab the s'mores and some tunes and you have the perfect evening for just your family or entertaining guests.

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7. Perfect Porch

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This back porch says, " Sit and stay a while." Entertaining is made easy with this design for the television placed over the fireplace and cozy seating for a few guests or the entire family. It allows you to sit and feast on the afternoon sun setting in the evening as well as enjoy a few good meals with good company.

6. Extended Coverage Pergola = Extended Fun!

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If you are working with a limited budget, but envision something more for your outdoors, consider an extended pergola for your next project. Many companies offer DIY kits for a low cost and with little labor to install. A pergola by name is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, but a free standing pergola such as this is known for providing a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, but offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight.

5. Enclosed Porch

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An enclosed porch offers indoor and outdoor living in one unique solution. A rainy day suddenly isn't so bad when you can escape to this room and read, relax or spend a day playing family games. Even these beautiful family pets are enjoying the comfort of this inviting space.

4. Front Porch/Portico

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If your home doesn't currently have a friendly covered greeting area ( some say front porch and others say portico) you can always add this option to the front of your home. Adding a portico or front porch area is a common remodeling project desired by many homeowners to vamp the look of their home or serve as a need for keeping their guests dry during rain. This space has been designed to welcome guests and generate a relaxing and welcoming environment.

3. Southern Charm

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Nothing says, " Southern" like sweet tea and a lazy day on the porch. This chic look is perfect for the back porch area of a home for dining and hosting guests or for just sitting and watching the clouds drift by on a warm summer's day.

2. Swaying To The Breeze

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This enchanted sitting area is ideal for a vacation home or beach scene but it's also perfect for the open porch on the back of your home. Enjoy a nap with the breeze of a cool Fall day or relax to your favorite music for an escape from reality.

1. Screened Porch

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Whether you are screening in an existing porch or adding a screened porch onto your home, this option is always a win for outdoor living. You get the best of both worlds for a space that exposes you to the great outdoors while keeping you comfortable from extreme temperatures or weather. This particular design was our favorite for the color combinations and product selections.

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