Last week we shared the outdoor living enjoyment with Fire Pits this week we’ll be sharing with you the great outdoor living in the exterior space of a Pergola or structure in your landscape.
Like fire pits, a pergola is another feature you can add to your landscape to extend your time enjoying the outdoors and add value to your home. Light, airy and inviting, a pergola creates a space in your yard under which you can dine or simply relax. A pergola can either be attached to your home, or freestanding, and can stand on its own as an architectural structure or function as a beautiful base for landscape features such as flowers, vines, planters and more.
Defined Space – A pergola helps create a visually defined space for dining/entertaining. You can leave the structure open or add curtains or screening for additional privacy or protection from pesky pests.
Shady Places – Pergolas can provide any level of shade you want – from dappled shade from latticed rafters to more complete coverage from plants or vines forming a natural awning, to total shade from light-blocking fabrics and materials.
Growing gains – Small yard space? A pergola lets you garden vertically, and is a perfect structure for climbing plants like ivy, wisteria, clematis, hops—even grapes!
Just Your Type – Pergolas typically fall into two categories: flat or skillion-roofed, or gable-roofed, and are sized to fit your needs, whether you’re looking for something very small to add a bit of shade and charm to your door step, to an elaborate outdoor living space.
Flat or skillion roofs can give you the flexibility of adding a roof covering that can include lighting and fans.
Bonus Info: So what’s the difference between a pergola and a gazebo? Gazebos are 8-sided structures with a solid roof, typically found in traditional French or English style gardens.
What to Consider – A well-planned pergola will take into account factors such as sun and wind orientation, functional purpose, existing plantings such as trees, and possible obstructions or hazards.
Which Material to Choose – Pergolas are typically constructed from either wood or metal such as steel or aluminum. Wood provides a beautiful, warm, traditional look, while metals offer a sleek, modern vibe. Aluminum is best used on pergolas attached directly to the home rather than as stand-alone structures.
Make the most out of your outdoor space. Call us at Farmside and let us help you extend your outdoor living season!