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How to Design the Right Pergola for Your Unique Outdoor Living Space

A custom pergola will not only add beauty and enjoyment to your home but also add value to your property. Experts suggest that for every $1,000 you spend improving your abode, you could add approximately $10,000 to its value.


While adding value to your home is an important goal, so is creating something to your tastes and preferences. A custom pergola starts with creating an outdoor living space that you love and will bring you joy whenever you enter it.


There are many ways to create a custom pergola that you will love and no one else has. With a bit of imagination, you can have something truly magical. You may love it so much that you never want to sell your home.


Here are the details to consider while creating your dream pergola!


Why Build a Pergola?

A pergola serves a few essential functions. First, it has an architectural appearance. They can be passageways, gathering spots, and/or showcase seating, lighting, and plants.


Second, a pergola provides shade. This is a significant benefit, especially if a yard does not have natural shade from other structures or large trees.


Last, pergolas are fantastic structures to provide some shelter, including overhead. They also offer privacy while enjoying your outdoor setting.


Types of Pergolas

For your outdoor structure to be a pergola, it must comprise columns or posts that support an open roof of beams and rafters. Beyond that, there are no limits in terms of shapes and styles. However, the basic types of pergolas are as follows.


Freestanding Pergola

This style stands alone. It is a landscape element that is not attached to your home. Familiar places to put a freestanding pergola are near a garden or pool or to create an aesthetically pleasing structure on your property and away from your home.


Attached Pergola

In this pergola style, it attaches to the outside wall of your home. This is an excellent option to create a beautiful structure like a patio or deck next to your home. It extends your home with distinct features.


Arched Pergola

Many pergolas have a flat roof, but that is not your only option. Arched pergolas are elegant, unique, and even romantic in how they appear.


Louvered Pergola

This style has movable louvers as rafters versus the standard slats. Depending on your preferences, you could open and close the pergola’s louvers, allowing for more or less sun. Louvered pergolas come in manual and automatic models.


Awning Pergola

This kind stands right beside the wall of your home. It does not need posts or columns to support it. For shade and aesthetics, the awning style could go near a door, window, or garage.


Material for Pergolas

While there are different styles to choose from, there are also various materials for types of pergolas. The material you use to build your pergola will probably define how long it lasts. It will also determine the amount of maintenance and the cost to build it.


Wood Pergola

This material for pergolas is the most common and least expensive. People love using cedar wood because you can get the most from the outdoor living space budget. Another excellent option is redwood. You can ask an expert carpenter about the best type of wood to create your custom pergola.


Vinyl Pergola

Compared to wood, vinyl is low maintenance. With power washing, it lasts several years. The only disadvantage could be the cost.


Aluminum Pergola

For a modern look, aluminum is brilliant. You can get clean lines and elegant shapes. Also, like vinyl, the maintenance is minimal.


Steel Pergola

While you can get a modern-day look with steel like aluminum, it can also appear industrial and heavy-duty. Steel is heavier than aluminum. A disadvantage of steel is that when there is frequent exposure to rain and humidity, it can rust.


Fiberglass Pergola

A fiberglass pergola is a superior option for a long-lasting, low-maintenance, and weather-resistant pergola. You can paint fiberglass pergolas in any color you desire. While it is the most convenient, it could also be the most expensive material for pergolas.


Concrete Pergola

With precast or custom-poured concrete pergola pillars, you may feel like you took a plane and arrived in Greece! It does not need to look classic in appearance, though. You could have a concrete pillar that is clean and stylish with geometric lines.


Outdoor Space Features

The most significant benefit of building a pergola is that you can customize it how you want. If you desire privacy, you could add grommet curtains. For a pergola you wish to use at nighttime for lounging, incandescent lighting will be excellent for your outdoor space features.


Plants and flowers add a touch of beauty. You can consider adding hanging planters and picturesque box planters. Fast-growing vines from ornate trellises can climb the pillars.


What can you put in a pergola? Anything you want to. You can add unique chairs, tables, rugs, exercise equipment, and more.


When you create a custom pergola, the sky is the limit.


Love Your Custom Pergola From LGB Carpentry

Not only is it home sweet home on the inside but also on the outside! Complement your home with a beautiful, inviting custom pergola with a passionate, experienced carpenter from LGB Carpentry.

They offer superior craftsmanship, high-quality materials, and custom designs to make your dream a reality. LGB Carpentry also helps customers with patios, porches, outdoor kitchens, and more.


It’s all about making your outdoor living space unique. Discover possibilities and contact LGB Carpentry today for a free estimate.

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