A pergola is a freestanding structure with an open roof, held up by posts or columns. It can be used to cover a patio or walkway and provide shade to outdoor living spaces. An open roof will actually keep the space cooler than if it was fully covered. This is because an open roof allows for air to pass through. You can also add cloth shades to control the amount of sunlight you let in.
Functional and elegant, pergolas work great for adding an inviting feel to your outdoor living space. Characterized by its classic arches, these structures provide shade and let you relax in your landscape even under the summer heat.
Pergolas can be integrated with another hardscape, such as a backyard fireplace, for a more dramatic setting. It can also be used as a smooth transition from one outdoor amenity to another. For example, a pergola can be installed to lead guests from your pool or spa to your outdoor kitchen and dining area.
The variety of pergola designs you can choose from will most likely depend on the available space in your yard. Small pergolas can serve as an accent to an otherwise empty corner, or you can also request your contractor to have it attached to the roof structure of your house. Talk to professional landscape designers so you’ll know which designs fit your home structure best.