Pergola Backyard Design and Ideas
A pergola is a garden patio feature creating an overhead shaded area, its designed with vertical posts or decorative pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. Where leafy and woody vines can be grown that will eventually envelope the entire pergola structure. Over time the shady green pergola provides a very nice and shaded relaxing atmosphere over any home deck patio.
Pergola also known as a trellis or a garden arbor is a bit different since a trellis is more like a single vertical structure designed mostly as an entry arch to a walkway.
Pergola is more of a four corner open structure that links a backyard or front home entrance to an open garden feature such as a backyard garden or sun filled unusable deck. Freestanding pergolas, those not attached to a home can also provide a major backyard focal point that provides a relaxing sitting area for entertaining and offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight.
There are many ways to decorate and build a pergola, however, the simpler the better, here in the USA pergolas are mostly made of wood, and to enhance the details, staining or painting the wood and cutting the rafter tails and post with a decorative curved design brings out the true beauty of what a pergola should ultimately look like. The lattice detail which is the top section of the pergola are usually made from 2 x 2 inch wood slats closely fastened together giving that lattice arbor garden look. Most pergolas are made to provide a shady backyard retreat and because they provide a great deal of versatility you can transpose any backyard into a garden oasis away from the suburban clamor of neighborhood noise and unsightly distractions.
Pergola Versatile Structures
A small pergola can serve as an entrance to a garden. Long and narrow pergolas make an inviting opening to the side, back or front of a home, an entryway to an exotic suburban world of back-yard barbecues. A square and rectangular pergola are designed to accommodate tables, chairs and a barbecue and perhaps a bar station for refreshments..
A deck that is overexposed to all day sun and inclement weather conditions can be made more tolerable when covered by a pergola, provided it has enough slats to shield the sun, it provides a graceful transition from indoor living to the outdoors. A new pergola will undoubtedly not have plant vine growth for quite some time so for immediate protection against intense sunlight and rain, the tops of a pergola can be designed to incorporate a translucent solid sheet of polycarbonate preferably opal in color. Opal diffuses direct UV rays and at the same provides shade and comfort.
A removable or retractable quality shade screen cloth can also be designed into a pergola structure for those who prefer a more open sky feeling from time to time. A pergola kit or pergola plans are readily available online or you can purchase a prefabricated pergola structure from many of your big box retail stores for pennies on the dollar. For some this may be the way to go, just keep in mind that basic building skills is your best friend when it comes time to building a pergola… that will last and look good.
Pergola increase your property value
As one can see Pergolas are very versatile, not only do they provide yard functionality but they can also offer great sense of curb appeal for buying and selling purposes. If you are trying to sell your house and are looking for ways to improve your property or if you just want a real cool place to hang out. Build a pergola! Landscape architects often suggest to homeowners to build a pergola for that reason since pergolas are relatively inexpensive and they greatly improve the curb appeal.
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The Remodeler Oct 23, 2017