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Monday, 12 October 2015 12:39

Wooden Pergola Ideas for an inviting Garden

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If you’re looking to breathe a little life into your garden, pool or outdoor dining area this summer, the addition of a pergola may just be the simple accent that turns your backyard into a cozy outdoor living space

Backyard barbecues, the scent of citronella candles and a refreshing cocktail after a dip in the pool: the summer months bring plenty of sunshine and the incessant need to “live” outdoors. But even if you’ve got the grill, trendy outdoor patio set and inground pool, there is one simple element that can bring it all together: A pergola.

Whether it is positioned next to your house or out in the yard, the freestanding structure of a pergola provides that much sought after private nook for your outdoor area with cross rafters that allow for a mix of sun and shade. So how exactly can you incorporate this flat roof structure into your backyard?

One of the most traditional uses of the pergola is to create an outdoor dining area. The idea of eating al fresco with the family in the summer months is what gets most people through the winter to begin with. But why not expand upon this idea and turn an area for meals into a cooking corner as well? Incorporate the grill or depending on how much room you have to work with and how much entertaining you do, an outdoor kitchen or stone pizza oven may just do the trick as well. A pergola may also be a great addition to covering an outdoor bar.

If you don’t want to go the dining route, maybe you can think about a place to relax after dinner. A pergola is also a nice structure to envelop a simple relax area. A few comfortable exterior sofas and chairs and a chiminea, and it will quickly become the place people want to spend all night laughing and having a cocktail. Incorporating a cozy hammock along one side of the beam structures is another option to make the area more inviting and a place that you yourself will want to retreat to on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Even in the winter months, it can be put to good use over the Jacuzzi to make your backyard the ultimate year round sanctuary.

A wooden pergola also gives you the perfect solid base to build upon it. Intertwine lights in the rafters or along the edge for an added luminous effect in the evening, or plant flowers and vines up the sides of the beams for that aesthetic flair. To ensure more shading options, continue the flower and vine scheme around the cross rafters as well. Also don’t forget that the four corners of the pergola are an ideal place for some hanging plants. Seeing that the pergola is more open, add curtains for more shade or protection from insects in the evening, and draw them back when you’re not using them.

In addition to adding a great deal to the backyard and transitioning it into a lovely outdoor living space, pergolas are a relatively easy project. In fact, there are many DIY options that come with pre-cut wood pieces in a kit for easy do-it-yourself setup. Not only is the installation simple, but it also saves you time and money. No need to involve a pricey contractor, now it can all be done by you. While most pergolas are made using wood, it is best to look for one that is durable and weather resistant, like Glulam. This specific wood is formed by bonding together different layers of timber with strong adhesives to make a moisture-resistant product that is both durable and lightweight.

You want to ensure that your purchase is something that lasts you for years to come with very little maintenance. Try incorporating the simple addition of a pergola into your backyard and make it the little summer nook you’ve always imagined.

 

 

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