Arizona Living: Instant Patio Shade on a Budget

Arizona Living: Instant Patio Shade on a Budget

The Pueblo people, like their neighbors from Mexico also made great use of the ramada structure. Their summer shelter was many times a pole ramada to take advantage of any air movement. The original construction of the pole ramada were made from sapling trunks tightly fitted together and lashed into place with vines or brush woven to form a crude sort of rope. Pole ramadas are right at home in your Phoenix landscaping and patio designs. They have always been a great style to use with adobe architecture. This authentic Arizona ramadas design will be lower priced than other styles more commonly seen in The Valley.

Some people call pole ramadas vigas latillas, but this isn’t quite right. The structural building style for this shade shelter is the most authentic ramada to Southwest United States regions. While they do have vigas or posts and the roof is topped with strip poles in their most natural state, they are not quite ‘lattilas’. It is possible to have a true lattilas roof on your patio ramada, but this design would require more labor and more lumber to build. To accomplish instant shade in your outdoor living area in Phoenix, you will be wise to stick with the true pole ramadas design. Of course, one built today will not have the traditional vines holding the roof poles in place.

Close up of pole ramdas roof.

You’ll enjoy almost solid shade with the well constructed pole ramada over your outdoor living room in Phoenix.

Lattilas are actually short sawn poles of equal length that are used beneath the flat topped roofs of the authentic period adobe home. The lattilas are tightly fitted together between roof vigas and were originally design to stop most of the dirt from the mud roof from sifting down to dust the inside of the home. Modern builders of homes in Pheonix and the rest of the southwest still use the peeled Ponderosa Pine latillas roof. When working on a slim budget to add relief from the sun to your patio or courtyard, pole ramadas are a much better choice. These ramadas will be easier to build and require fewer materials, both of which keep the cost of construction lower than other types of ramadas for shade.

Having custom designed and built pole ramadas allows you to get the perfect shape and size to cool off the patio. There are many different ways to apply these simple and natural looking ramadas to your patio designs and pool areas. A long narrow swimming pool could easily have a shaded end by erecting a pole ramada for enjoying the water out of direct sun. Corner pole ramadas built in an el or triangular shape are also possible when you have one custom built to suit your personal needs on your Phoenix property. The simple style will beautifully compliment your Arizona home, without question.

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    Hi Jeff – We don’t sell just lattilas. Try Capital Lumber in Phoenix or Wholesale Lumber. They have the best price and availability.

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