This step by step diy project is about 10×16 lean to patio cover plans. This lean to has a 2:12 pitch and it can be both to extent the living space or simply for storage. This is a simple project that you can build as a DY project and extent the living space of your home. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.
A 10×16 lean-to patio cover is a versatile structure designed to offer shade and protection for outdoor spaces. It can be used for creating outdoor dining areas, lounges, or sheltered spaces for various activities like barbecuing, hot tubs, or gardening. Its flexibility allows it to adapt to your specific needs and enhance your outdoor living experience.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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The first step of the project is to set the 6×6 posts for the wooden attached patio cover. Use batter boards and string to layout the posts for the 10×16 structure. After laying out the posts, measure the diagonals and make adjustments until they are perfectly equal.
As you can notice in the diagram, you need to make notches to the top of the posts. Set the blade for a circular saw at 3″ and then make parallel cuts inside the marked areas. Use a hammer and a chisel to clean the recess and smooth the surface.
You can set the posts in concrete or you can pour 3′ deep footings and use posts anchors. Considering this is a light outdoor project, you can set the posts to anchors. That is why, these plans are designed having that assumption in mind (concrete anchors).
Dig the holes and set the 14″ tube forms. Fill the tubes with concrete and set the post anchors. Make sure you let the concrete to dry out for a few day, before installing the posts into place. Use temporarily braces to secure the posts until you attach the plates.
Use a laser level / water level to make sure the top of the posts are at the same level.
We need 2×10 lumber for the support beams. Attach the support beams to the top of the posts. Drill pilot hole and insert 6″ carriage bolts to lock the beams into place. Use 2 bolts for each joint. Make sure you add washers and a nut to tighten the bolts.
Use 6×6 lumber for the braces. Make 45 degree cuts at both ends of the braces and then secure them into place with 5 1/2″ screws (at least 2 screws for joint).
Next, we need to attach the 2×10 ledger to the house. Make sure you set the 2×10 ledger directly into the framing structure with 4 1/2″ lag screws with washers (or longer, depending to the house structure). Use a spirit level to check if the ledger is horizontal.
Drill pilot holes and insert the screws to lock it into place tightly (see your local codes for more info on how to secure the ledger). Insert 3 screws into each stud.
Building the lean to roof
Use 2×8 lumber for the rafters. Make a 7 degree cut to one end of the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the beams and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.
Fit the rafters to the attached patio cover, every 24″ on center.
Fit the rafters to the ledger beams using rafter hangers and 1 1/2″ structural screws. Use rafter ties and 1 1/2″ structural screws to lock the rafters to the support beams.
To attach rafters with rafter hangers, first, position the hangers along the support beams at the desired spacing, ensuring they are level and aligned. Next, place the rafters into the hangers, making sure they fit snugly, and then secure them with appropriate nails or screws to create a sturdy and reliable patio cover structure.
Fit the 3/4″ plywood sheets to the top of the patio cover. Start with the lower left area of the roof and go up to the top. Use 1 5/8″ screws to secure the sheets into place, every 8″ along the framing. Leave no gaps between the sheets and align the edges flush.
Cut and fit the trims to the sides of the carport. Fit the 1×8 trims to the front of the patio cover. Use 2″ nails to secure the trims to the ends of the rafters.
Attach the trims to the sides of the patio cover. Make the 11.5 degree cut to one end of the trims and then secure them to the rafters with 2″ nails.
In addition, install a flashing at the intersection of the roof to the wall. The flashing will waterproof the joint and prevent water leaks. Make sure you ask directions from the roof manufacturer, so you use the best solution to seal the wall to roof joint (see if it’s installed under or over the roof sheets).
Start by measuring the area where the flashing will be installed and cut the metal flashing to the appropriate size using tin snips or a metal cutting tool. Clean the surface where the flashing will be attached and ensure it is dry and free of debris. Apply a layer of construction adhesive to the back of the flashing and press it firmly against the wall, aligning it with the desired position. Secure the flashing in place with galvanized nails or screws, ensuring they are evenly spaced and driven flush with the surface.
Finally, inspect the installation for any gaps or loose sections, making any necessary adjustments. With careful attention to detail and adherence to safety precautions, you’ll successfully install metal wall flashing to provide protection and enhance the durability of your walls.
Last but not last, you need to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood putty and let it dry for several hours. Smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper and apply a few coats of stain to enhance the natural look of lumber and to protect the components from the elements.
The clean, white finish of the 10×16 lean-to patio cover can provide a bright and inviting ambiance in your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking for a serene oasis or a functional outdoor extension of your home, the white cover can complement various design styles and create a welcoming atmosphere.
Additionally, it offers a cost-effective way to boost your home’s curb appeal, ultimately increasing its resale value in the real estate market.
This project can be built in less than one week and it can also be used as a patio cover. I recommend you to read the local building codes before starting the project, so you make sure you comply with the local building codes.
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