Building a pergola might seem like a modest thing to do, however, the benefits to the look of your home and for your family’s lifestyle can be significant.
A pergola, in its simplest form, is an outdoor structure with timber posts and beams. Yes, a relatively humble structure that can be freestanding or adjoining a home. Picture a pergola with deciduous climbers growing up the posts and through the beams and this is what most pergolas once looked like.
These days, however, pergolas are often fully or partly roofed. Timber may be used, but you might also see pergolas built using steel or aluminium. And pergolas are generally built against a home, to blur the lines between inside and outside and for convenience.
Some things have changed but some things have also stayed the same. For example, the basic principle of a traditional pergola was to provide a place for relaxation and eating alfresco with family and friends. And the deciduous plants that grew up the posts of pergolas also provided some overhead cover from the elements, meaning the occupants didn’t have to run inside at the first sign of rain or to escape the sun.
While the roof on the modern pergola does this job perhaps a little better than a deciduous climber, it’s worth thinking of leaving part of your pergola open. This allows you to enjoy the sun on your face during the cooler months while still having cover when the elements aren’t kind. In addition, if you want to splurge a little more, you can also consider modern additions such as a louvered roof that can be opened and closed at your whim or a retractable awning that can do the same.
As well as providing loads of relaxation and entertainment opportunities, a well-built pergola also looks great and adds a focal point to the outside of your home. It will also add value to your home, which might not be something you notice now but you will if you decide to sell down the track.
While pergola builders of yesteryear would have been scratching their heads if they viewed a modern pergola, we’re also pretty sure they would have been impressed. Particularly if the pergola was built by Outside Concepts!
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