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5 Uses for a Pergola in Your Outdoor Space

April 15, 2016


If you are like most Maryland homeowners finally shaking off winter blues, you are probably itching for a new backyard project. It feels like something is missing from you current outdoor living space, but what is it? May we suggest a pergola? This simple structure is relatively easy to install, yet it has the power to instantly transform any space. From our Maryland deck and pergola contractors to your backyard, here are some wonderful placement ideas for a pergola:

Roof for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Do you have an outdoor kitchen set on a patio? Install a pergola over it! It can help you further distinguish this space, provide shade in the afternoon, as well as light at night. That’s right, the rafters of a pergola are a perfect place to hang string lights, suspend a few fragrant planters and create a wonderful night-time ambiance.

Cover for Your Back Entrance

Do you have a back entrance that exits onto a patio? Does it look a little plain? Pergola to the rescue! While pergolas are frequently used as detached, stand-alone structures, they can also be attached to a side of your home similar to a deck. And because the top of a pergola won’t need to support any weight, installing an overhanging pergola is much easier and faster than building a deck. Besides the much-needed shade, a pergola over the back entrance will also add visual interest to your home and make this hang-out area a bit cozier.

Focal Point for Your Garden

If gardening is your thing, then you’ve got to have a pergola. Not only can it be used to designate a seating area in your garden, but you can also turn it into a showcase of your skills. Pergolas, combined with trellises, are perfect for climbing plants. Envelop your pergola in climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, or even grape vines in the Tuscan style. Promenade pergola is a type of pergola that is elongated rather than square. It can form a tunnel, which would make for a unique feature on your property, with beautiful flowers or grapes hanging from the ceiling.

Place to “Hang”

A cool thing about pergolas is the fact they instantly frame whatever area they are placed over. So if you want to build a hangout or relaxation spot, a pergola is the way to go. Even if you don’t have a patio or other paved area to place a pergola over, you are not out of options. Get creative and suspend things from the pergola so that they don’t touch the ground. You could hang a hammock, a swing, or one of those cozy oval chairs that make you feel like a bird in a nest. Just make sure that your structure is strong enough. It’s probably a good idea to mention your hanging plans to your Maryland pergola builder, so that we make sure to include proper reinforcements.

Private Oasis

Want to keep an area of your deck separate from the rest? Consider installing a pergola over it. Pergolas on a deck are not unusual, but they may need to be lighter depending on how much weight your deck can support. To make this space private, hang curtains on all sides or only the sides you want to keep closed off. This is a great idea if your deck is too close to the neighbors and you want some extra privacy. On a sunny day, curtains are also nice as they block off the bright sunshine.

And that’s how you make the most out of your pergola! While traditional pergolas have an open roof, you can always cover yours with sheet metal, wood or a specially designed fabric cover for extra protection from the elements. If you are looking for a reliable builder to construct your pergola, give North American Deck and Patio a call!

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