Lanais can be great during the summer, to have a barbecue with the family, but it also can be a nice place to spend the evenings reading during the fall.

I get ask all the time what’s the difference between Lanai and a Patio.

Difference between a Lanai and a Patio

A patio is an open area behind your house that is suitable as for use as an outdoor room (paved with concrete, brick, or pavers). A lanai is the same thing as a patio but enclosed, usually in screening but sometimes in glass. It might have a roof of some sort.

We compiled a list of some beautiful lanais and patios that can give you some ideas for your own home.You will find from high end to more simple ideas.

You can combine a beautiful ceiling lamp, a nice chair set and a well maintained garden. It can make your backyard look incredible.

haverford renovation
Photo by Rasmussen / Su Architects


Photo by Elad Gonen


Photo by Elad Gonen


Captiva House
Photo by K2 Design Group, Inc.


Woolloowin Residence
Photo by Highgate House


Spanish Oaks Hacienda
Photo by JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction


21st Ave
Photo by Kukk Architecture & Design P.A.

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