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Pergola: The Outdoor Room
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Pergola: The Outdoor Room

The pergola. It is a way of covering your outdoor area. A way of shading from the sun and elements. The design may vary and they can be built buy an architect or by you but the use remains the same. A pergola is bassically a way for you to bring the indoors out. This could be something that many of you are considering and as such you may be in search of pergola ideas. A different way to go about the backyard pergola. It is essential that we first cover what the pergola is.

Back in medieval times the pergola, which was then referred to as a trellis, were used between spaces to again shade from the elements. The pergola is constructed by interweaving beams of a particular building material. The designs are endless and I have seen pergolas which were composed of beams which all ran form left to right, beams which were cross hatched, and curved beams. Your pergola idea can completely or partially cover your outdoor area. Of course the closer together the beams the more shade that will be provided.

After the structures are built there are many different things you can do to decorate them. You could hang draperies from them or across the beams. These are both methods to add to the amount of shade the pergola will provide. Also you could go natural and train vines to grow across them which can look beautiful. The vines you choose may be plain vines, vines with flowers, or even vines with fruit.

Underneath the pergola is where your pergola idea will really change form idea to an outdoor room really You could place furniture under the pergola and have an extra spot to entertain and relax. Placing a outdoor dining table and some chair will allow for a casual dining area in the fresh air. A grill and some areas to prep, whether they be built in or just tables, allow for an outdoors cooking area in the shade. (You have enough heat coming from the grill as it is.)

Truly there are a multitude of pergola ideas out there for you to try. All you need is some creativity and remember for it to go from vacant shaded structure to outdoor room a few thing are required. First, cover the area to suit the amount of sunlight you want to let in. Use either drapes, vines, or nothing at all. Next, place outdoor furniture under the space. (I know you want to save money and move pieces from the house outside but trust me on this one.) Make sure the furniture is cohesive with what you want the space to be. Last, enjoy!


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JoshuaG  

Great article Anthony! The photo you added definitely is a great inspiration for what a nice pergola could look like. I've actually considered building one over my patio but didn't realize what a functional addition one of these could be.

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  about 8 years ago

Very nice article about pergolas Anthony13. I've be thinking about one over my deck.

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  about 8 years ago
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