Pergolas reach maximum popularity and are most practical during summer when they provide shade and serve as an outdoor recreation and entertainment area. But pergola designs are variate and they each serve their users in different ways. So what is a pergola anyway?
There are several types and various pergola plans, the open top type being the most popular one. They all feature open rafters, a simple, rugged construction and several support posts. They can be freestanding or attached to a structure. So now that you know how to build a pergola, it’s time to think of the little things that can make yours special. Browse through all these pergola ideas and search for inspiration.
There are also freestanding pergolas which are structures that are not attached to a home. They are sitting areas situated outdoors and they are protected from direct sunlight by climbing plants and the structures on which they grow.
Pergolas can be made from a variety of materials. There are cases when they’re made of brick and stone. These designs were popular in the late 19th and easy 20th centuries and they have a strong architectural presence. Modern pergolas, however, are mostly made of wood. They are more affordable and very popular these days.
Wooden pergolas also tend to be more inviting and cozy cause of the texture of the material and its natural warmth. Generally, they are made from a weather-resistant wood such as cedar or redwood.
The designs vary very much. Still, usually the focus is on creating a comfortable environment so the furniture is chosen to subscribe to this concept. You can have a sofa and several armchairs on the pergola but typical wicker furniture is also very popular. Some pergolas are filled with natural plants while others are simpler and more modern, featuring just a few ornamental flowers.