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Your backyard is a very important part of your home. If treated right and with good taste, it can become a very appealing and relaxing environment which the entire family will enjoy and cherish. One very affordable, essential and easy to build extension is the pergola.
Nowadays, pergola designs widely applied to backyard landscapes so there are tons of choices that vary in style, shape, materials and their position in the environment. So, when you set out to build your own( or have it build by a professional), don’t rush into a fast decision. Take your time to search for the best there is out there, the one that will transform your backyard into a truly relaxing environment. Basically, there two main types of pergolas: the ones that are attached to the house and those that are placed as a separate object. In terms of materials, building techniques and looks, both are largely the same deal. The differences stand in the effect they create.
If they are connected to an existing structure than they become part of an ensemble that acts as a one piece design. A relationship is created between the house and the pergola. It broadens the interior living area into the backyard, and delivers a graceful transition between outdoors and indoors. In this case, you have to pay attention to your home’s plan and make sure that the pergola doesn’t diminish its attributes like illumination, circulation and overall integrity. Probably the best place to add it is near the kitchen since the pergola will most likely be used for dining or even cooking. The way I see things, a proper attached pergola should function as an outdoor room, and not just in terms of utility, but through design as well. Its vertical elements (the walls you could say) should act as clear delimitations and transform this outdoor, open space into a more intimate and cozy environment that feels like a normal room but it allows that sort of freedom you get from being outside, in the natural habitat. This effect can be achieved in a very simple and esthetic manner, by using climbing plants and a wooden frame for reliance. All of this are simple advices that should open up your mind and help you decide exactly what you want. Search for more than just a few examples to find as many ideas as possible. Always relate them to your house and choose the ones that best fit your backyard in terms of esthetics and functionality.
The second main type is the detached pergola. In this case, they act as a separate object that can either resemble the house and submit to it and blend with its style or focus attention and activities around itself, becoming the center of the backyard. More attention should be given to the rest of the backyard rather than the house. Think about other elements that yours will contain such as a swimming pool (read more about swimming pool design in an article we previously featured on our website: Backyard Landscaping Ideas-Swimming Pool Design), a fireplace (Backyard Landscaping Ideas : Fireplaces) or a barbeque. A pergola connected to one of these backyard landscaping features should enhance their quality and offer a place to relax after a swim or enjoy reading a good book by the fire like a cozy and attractive sitting area. In any case, the pergola is a mere shelter for whatever it is that it’s housing. The more important aspect resides in what it offers shelter to. It’s only real effect is to create an area that is separated from the rest of the habitat and offers privacy and the feeling of a comfortable enclosure where everybody can relax and enjoy fresh air. Of course, during a hot summer day, the shade provided by a pergola can make a huge difference and turn your backyard into a much more appealing place. So, if you live in a hot environment think about a pergola that either through its structure or the plants that grows on it provides as much shade as possible.