Pergolas are one of those structures that turn a house into a home. Certainly not lacking in diverse options, pergolas give you a wide array of styles to choose from (and even make yourself). These structures are cheap compared to the beauty they give off. They can get expensive, but the ceiling is your ambitions and creativity. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
With a multitude of varieties, you can choose one style which best fits your needs.
1) The freestanding pergola
This style is not attached to any other structure and can be built in most parts of your yard. There are pros and cons to this. The pros are that it allows you a lot more freedom in choosing the space upon which you are building it and (usually) doesn’t require a permit to build one. The cons are that it’s also at a higher risk of being a hazard. This is however completely in the hands of the builder. Your pergola will be as strong as its foundation and anchor. Speaking of which, it is a common misconception that freestanding pergolas do not have an anchor. In reality, they very much do. They are called freestanding only due to a lack of attachment to the main structure.
2) A pergola attached to the house
You can call it an extension of the house itself. It allows some privacy while maintaining a constant flow of sunlight and breeze coming in from the sides. One of the pros of doing this is that it’s the most stable variety. The cons are that all attached pergolas require permits. We recommend you check city, country or state permit requirements before starting to build anything.
3) Pergola with a built-in deck
This is an elegant type that is made for family & friends outdoor dining. Everyone is going to be talking about your set-up with this one.
4) A pergola on a concrete patio
Cheap, easy, and doesn’t make much of a ruckus. Constructing a pergola on a concrete floor makes it have its own separate space, yet attached to your house. Colour it to add extra dynamics to the background synergy.
Pergola designs & ideas
You can design your pergola however you wish, but usually, it will be best to stick with classic designs and colours.
1) Plant hangers create a serene atmosphere in your yard. They add life to the surroundings. Whilst being eco-friendly
2) Shade cloths save you cash that you would otherwise spend on the roof, and they are also easier to set up. This can be problematic if you live in a place that has frequent rainfall
3) An adjustable roof allows your pergola to be a lot more flexible to the weather. With this, you can control the amount of sunlight you get
4) Get a couple of chains, suspend a porch and voila, you can make a swing on your pergola
5) A line of lanterns is a great addition to your home to give it more of an oriental appeal
6) Attaching curtains to the pergola makes for great romantic scenery
7) A luxurious option would be adding a pool inside of your pergola. It screams weekend parties!
8) Consider making the area kid-friendly. In this day and age, it’s a pain to get the kids out of the house, and what better way to do it than by making it fun to go out in the yard?
DIY or professionally done?
The big question is: “Can I do it myself? “. Of course, you can, but there are certain drawbacks to doing so. It is estimated that building a pergola yourself costs on average $3,500 while hiring a professional to do it costs $500. Doing it yourself allows you maximum creative liberty and the necessary materials are available to the public for everyone. However, they are expensive, so most of the time it will be cheaper to just let the pros do it. Not to mention that the professionals also take care of all the permit issues, as well as explain the local laws to you about them. Hiring MacArthur Decks and Pergolas for building your dream pergola would be a great investment, as they do exquisite pergolas and other outdoor structures as well. If you want to build one yourself, the basics are as follows:
1) Marking out the place where you want to set up the pergola. Any material which doesn’t leave permanent marks is fine
2) Once you’re done marking everything properly, you can start digging up four holes for the 4 designated sides
3) Cut and fasten the 2×10 beams to the pergola posts to make a base
4) The smaller beams should be cut according to your preferred size, and attached to the top beams
Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with your local laws and permit requirements!
When all is said and done, it’s up to you what kind of pergola you are looking for. Take into consideration the many factors that come into it, so that you don’t come to regret your decision due to misinformation.