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Hey Everyone,
I've decided to build a patio cover over my back patio, and need some ideas on exactly what type of cover/roofing/anchoring scheme would work best for my house. Please see the pics and let me know your thoughts. I need something totally waterproof that provides complete shade.

I live in Austin, TX. Some medium winds, no snow.

Slab is approximately 14x14, rim joist is roughly 12ft from the slab. That exterior wall containing the door comes out 7ft from the rest of the house.

thanks all!

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Does 14 ft reach the curved end of the deck and how thick is the concrete deck?
 

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Nealtw,
I'm not sure how deep the slab is. It is upwards of 10-12 inches thick on one side, but I am not sure how deep it is on the other side.

14ft will get me far enough out. I was undecided on covering the ENTIRE slab vs. just "most" of it.
 

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Nealtw,
I'm not sure how deep the slab is. It is upwards of 10-12 inches thick on one side, but I am not sure how deep it is on the other side.

14ft will get me far enough out. I was undecided on covering the ENTIRE slab vs. just "most" of it.
So what do we look at to get an idea where 14 ft it?
 

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Would this be a flat roof in your vision?
No, it would be a peaked roof with what is called a cricket above the door to move water out and around.

I should have asked what you had in mind. You could do a low slope roof in either direction too.


 

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Cost also depends on how much you can do your see.
You can do a low slope but that uses bigger timers for rafters so comparing prices would be tricky.
 

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I personally would not connect anything to that house, not even to my worst enemy's house, but a free standing structure and possibly an octagon.
 

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I would prefer the simplest solution that is functional and lasting. Looks are secondary. Cost is also a factor.
So cost-wise, are you not intending to do anything to the slab? Like the landscape cutout will remain once you remove the tree? No desire to put proper footings in if you build a big stick-built structure? "Long lasting" but not worried about future value on a nice house?

Maybe the solution that meets your criteria is a stand-alone gazebo. Don't have to mess with the slab at all, no permits, no nothing. From $1K-$2K. If you want it connected over the door Costco even sells an aluminum patio cover awning that you could probably just set down on the slab too. Stick building a proper roof, flashing, gutters, foundation guessing will be much more to hire out and more complicated for DIY.
 

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Problem I see is that this patio covering is going to greatly reduce the light coming into the house through the large windows 12 months of the year. A large sun awning could be set up in the spring and taken down in the fall and some are triangular "sails" that would block less of the outside light for your interior living space.
 
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