Outdoor Pergola

A unique, simple way to add shade to any deck or patio is by building a pergola. A pergola is a wonderful architectural element to add to any garden or landscape design. A pergola is not only functional but also add a stunning design element to any backyard space. These structures can be adorned with vining plants or decorative lighting to provide an additional stylistic look.

Wooden Pergola With Swing Bench

Wooden Pergola With Swing Bench

A pergola has supporting, vertical posts with rafters across the top. These are usually open and flat, running at regular intervals horizontally across the structure, and supported by side rafters. Their sides being square or rectangular in shape, they have straight lines as the basis of their structure.

Cedar Attached Outdoor Pergola

Cedar Attached Outdoor Pergola

Pergolas have been used in architecture since at least Ancient Egyptian times. These structures provide a shaded area with plenty of breezes for outdoor relaxation, which can be enjoyable in regions where the weather is very hot. A pergola can also be used to define an outdoor space, or to create a transition between the interior of a house and the garden.
Front Yard Outdoor Cedar Pergola

Front Yard Outdoor Cedar Pergola

The word “pergola” comes from the Latin pergula, a term which refers to projecting eaves. The earliest pergolas in Europe were made by extending eaves and supporting them with columns to create a shaded colonnade. Over time, people began to explore the use of pergolas on walkways and in pleasure gardens. When a pergola is a partially enclosed standalone structure, it becomes a gazebo, a structure which typically provides more shelter from the elements.

Outdoor Wooden Pergola With Wrought Iron Chandelier And Metal Furniture

Outdoor Wooden Pergola With Wrought Iron Chandelier And Metal Furniture

There are hundreds of designs and styles of establishing pergola in your house. All you need to do is find that perfect design that matches your house and blends with it like it is the part always existed. Having a pergola often increases the sale value of a home, especially if the pergola is in good condition with a well-established network of vines. While resale value shouldn’t be a primary concern for most gardeners, sometimes it can be used as a persuasive argument to get other members of the household enthusiastic about a construction project.