Consider adding a pergola to your deck or patio, they adds value to your home, sets your property in a stylish and useful way and allows you to enjoy life in the fresh air.
A pergola consist of four freestanding posts supporting an open-style roof, most commonly formed from a series of crossbeams. Like decks, you can also attach a pergola to the side of a home.
Before you decide to build a pergola, review the landscape on your property and consider your needs. If you're looking to create usable outdoor space away from the home, a pergola might be a good idea.
A pergola primarily provides shade, typically by means of climbing plants that wind themselves through the slats in the roof to create an arbor. If you have a yard that doesn't benefit from much shade, a pergola can help. A pergola attached to the side of your house and shaded with plants or durable outdoor fabric can create a haven from the heat and serve as a dramatic design element.
On a Budget: Keep it simple by using a basic pergola structure as an entrance to a garden, terrace or pool area. Allow vines and florals to grow and shape themselves around the pergola for added color and interest.
Mid-Range: Design a pergola to cover a comfy outdoor seating or dining area. This allows for the feel of a true outdoor room without closing off the sunlight and natural elements.
High-End: A large space with multiple outdoor living areas can be connected by a grouping of pergolas. This helps tie in different elements of the space and keep certain areas, such as the pool and the outdoor kitchen, connected. Pergolas help add flow to the outdoors, making entertaining easier and each space more enjoyable.