Generally, a patio is a paved or hard surface on the exterior of the home without a roof, while a porch or veranda is a wood-floored area attached to the house with a roof over it. A Lanai combines both of these. Generally a lanai has a roof over it and is incorporated into the floorplan because of the roof, but it has a solid floor, often concrete, and is usually enclosed with screening or even glass. Often a lanai is furnished as if it were another room in the home that happens to be more or less outdoors and giving a nice view on the landscape.
A lanai might even be a large space big enough to house an in-ground pool. Because it’s entirely screened in, the pool deck is almost like another room in the house. People will often set up lounging chairs and tables, and the pool will connect to the rest of the house with sliding glass doors. Like other lanais, this becomes another living space in the home, even though it is more exposed to the environment.
So when you’re designing your own new custom home, be sure to consider whether you want a lanai. With Florida’s amazing year-round weather and outdoor culture, a lanai is a great addition to a Florida home. Be sure to contact Harden Custom Homes to discuss your options. Call us today at (239) 603-6083 or stop by the model home at 2818 Tropicana Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL 33993.