A pergola is a living area with cross rafters without walls that provides a light, airy and inviting area to relax, dine or just admire. Pergolas are much bigger than arbors and are generally freestanding, but may be attached to another building. You might even add lattice for greater shade and also to accommodate climbing vines. Because this structure may be freestanding, you won’t have to make any complicated connections between the house or roof and the pergola, which can be a definite advantage for do-it-yourself homeowners and also the funding.
A pergola creates visual appeal, especially if you have some kind of vine growing up the sides or the top of the pergola. Another great idea to spruce up your pergola is by hanging planters or other decorations in the rafter. Draping all-weather cloths add a flowing effect and a romantic appeal to a landscape while also protecting you and your loved ones from the elements, definitely an edge over choosing a open terrace.
The addition of a pergola will increase the size of usable space for a semi-covered area to protect your furniture from the weather, especially if one wall of this arrangement is attached to a house or an outbuilding. This produces a windbreak and shield from the rain. A freestanding pergola can still yield you the same benefit by constructing it in a safe area, an advantage over a terrace that cannot be transferred.
If you love do-it-yourself projects, a pergola is a pretty easy project to handle, so long as you have the correct tools and assist to lift the posts into place and also to place the rafters. If you do not have the right tools, many manufacturers sell pergola kits using pre-cut lumber and all of the hardware included. If you are having trouble picking an option then give A Cottage Collection a call ((800) GOT-PETE (468-7383)) and we would be happy to help you construct the perfect pergola. We know all patios aren’t the same.