Our 'Beginners Guide to Pergolas' will give you insight into one of the most popular outdoor structures for 2017. Increasingly growing in popularity over the last decade, this outdoor structure is both practical and stylish. Pergola comes from the Latin word ‘pergula,’ meaning, the projection or eave of a building, an extended roof or arbor. These outdoor structures were used much like they are today, covering walkways and to provide shade in gardens. The Egyptians and Italians used pergolas as a training system for growing grapes and other plants. The Chinese preferred round and curved shaped pergolas, mimicking the look of pagodas.
As the evolution continued, pergolas were a common feature in Renaissance gardens during the 17th Century in Italy and throughout Europe. Revived in the 19th Century by garden designers, Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, pergolas were constructed with more durable materials and quickly spread in popularity to London and Paris, eventually finding their way to outdoor spaces today.
Pergolas have several advantages over other outdoor structures. They are more substantial than an arbor and less constraining than a gazebo. While the basic structure of a pergola of four posts and beams across the top remain the same, they can be built with different materials to suit a variety of aesthetics.
Loosely woven branches covering the top can provide a rustic look. Climbing plants such as wisteria, climbing roses and hydrangea create a romantic atmosphere. Modern styles utilize aluminum, vinyl and wood for clean lines. Accessories can be added including retracted canopies and fabric curtains, giving homeowners more options.
Pergolas can be built in a variety of sizes to fit any space. They can be attached to the back of your house or freestanding. They can be placed over a deck, or patio or other paved area such as a walkway or front entry. Pergolas offer the flexibility to offer full shade, partial shade or full sun. These structures make a stunning impact to any property.
Beyond the visual enhancement a pergola brings to a yard, they are also a good investment. Outdoor structures can extend livable space to the outdoors providing more room to entertain, relax and recreate. Contractors and real estate agents agree this will greatly increase a home’s property value.
Curb appeal goes a long way. The right landscaping can earn a seller top dollar but not every buyer will be interested in a labor intensive lawn. Current homebuyers are looking for a yard that is attractive yet easy to maintain. Once pergola is in place, there is very little upkeep required.
A pergola is a stand out option for any outdoor space. It can enhance a home’s architectural style and landscape. Built to satisfy any aesthetic, it provides extended space to a home for dining and resting. A solution to liven up a dull yard a pergola is guaranteed to improve a family’s lifestyle.