A pergola is an outdoor garden feature. It is vertical posts that support cross-beams and often includes lattice work on the top or sides. This is a striking addition to a landscape that draws the viewers attention. The basic idea is to provide an area with a bit of shade for family or friends to gather. They come in a number of different designs and even colors. The area is perfect for entertaining or for a private area for relaxation.
As mentioned, a pergola will add shade to your patio, deck, or walkway. It will still allow that open feel and allow the breeze to move through but will keep you out of direct sun. It can actually lower the temperature by 10 or 15 degrees. This means outdoor activities including dining are more comfortable during the summer months. Pergolas are simpler and, in some ways, more elegant than a gazebo.
Pergolas can be built to any dimensions. They average around 10 X 18 feet to provide enough room for a hot tub or furniture. They can be constructed over a deck, a patio, or a walkway. There are a number of materials to choose from including cedar, treated wood or PVC decking. Each has advantages and deterrents and we are happy to explain the elements to you.
Depending on your taste and where the pergola is erected, you can add curtains for some privacy or you can have flowering vines grow through the latticework or up the support poles. Another alternative is to have hanging pots on the overhead beams. They can also be made with a full or retractable roof.
Some pergolas are freestanding like those that line a walkway or path. In that case small benches can be incorporated into the design to allow for a resting place or to simply sit and enjoy the environment. These frequently have flowering or fruit producing vines for the aesthetic effect.
Others can be attached to a house or integrated with the main structure of the building. They are also popular additions to decks or patios. In the case of a patio, the posts can be set directly into the ground or on concrete.
For a commercial concern, a pergola can be added to a patio in an office park. This will give employees a convenient place to spend break time, opportunity for a casual conversation, or team building activities.
At Project Landscape our designers have years of experience working with materials and building pergolas and other structures. We have created lasting relationships and can assist you with your next outdoor project. We use in-house, skilled craftsmen to provide you with the finished product you want within your budget.
Contact us to arrange a convenient appointment for us to look at the area where you want to add a pergola. At that time we can also review our portfolio of completed projects to provide ideas. As the conversation continues we can discuss material type, other options, and budget.