crates - pot storage and potting bench idea
I love a clear topped pergola. Some ideas here for the back patio and cover. I like the strings of lights, curtains on curtain rod, got to have a nice outdoor dinning table too.
Cover Up-Add a custom aluminum roof frame with removable clear polycarbonate panels or outdoor fabric. If you don't need protection from rain, install a retractable awning or build a pergola with vines such as wisteria climbing over it.