With spring in full swing and summer knocking on our doors, it’s the perfect time to make those landscape design updates you’ve been thinking about all winter. Whether you’re looking to add a little shade to your yard, elevate your garden design, or install a sitting area, a pergola is a classic, beautiful addition to your landscape that provides endless design possibilities.
What is a pergola?
A traditional pergola is a square or rectangular shape with four sturdy beams,, and lattice to add style to the top. They are most often wood and can be extensions from your home or built separately in any area of your yard. These simple structures provide an area to sit, read, host parties, and relax with family and friends in a more private setting. If you’re looking for a little getaway without actually getting away, a pergola is the perfect addition to your landscape.
Designs are mostly simple, four-sided posts with a cross over top. They provide shade but aren’t full enclosures, giving you access to the great outdoors.
Most often, pergolas are built from a variety of woods, stained in an array of colors, and use straight lines and modern designs to complete their clean and simple style. Depending on your home, you can customize your pergola to match, standout, or add a completely different design vibe for your yard.
Many people choose to add canvas hangs on top of their pergolas to provide complete shade while underneath the structure. Some choose to have intricate and ornate lattices placed on top to create a 19th century look, while others choose to make their pergolas accent pieces. Bright paint colors, textures, and glossy or matte finishes can give you a work of art in your very own yard.
To give your pergola an even more enchanting feel, vines and greenery are often planted at the base so they grow up and around the studs and top of the structure. This provides more shade, adds a luscious look to your gardenscape, and is a natural solution to design.
The design of a pergola may make you believe it’s simple to build and install—and if you’re a seasoned carpenter or construction contractor, it very well may be a simple project. However, for most homeowners, it’s advisable to hire a professional team to build and install your pergola. You’ll be working with heavy materials, need to understand proper measurements exactly, and have ladders tall enough to build the covering of the pergola without difficulty. (Not to mention, if you get a little squeamish with heights, it’s not a good idea to build your own pergola.)
The good news is, that hiring a professional will expedite the process, allow you to have a partner throughout the design process, an advisor on the best materials to use, and someone to manage the project from start to finish, ensuring the absolute best safety measures and security for the structure.
Pergola Costs + Rewards
While pergolas look like ethereal, elegant accents that would cost a small fortune, they are actually quite affordable—as long as the materials you choose don’t escalate the cost.
Most pergolas range from $2,000 to $6,5000, including labor costs, materials, and installation. The more expensive or exotic the woods you use or the intricacy of the design will add more money to the project. However, the better your pergolas are made, the better it is for you in the long run.
Pergolas are highly likely to increase your home value and give you a significant ROI. That’s reason enough to give yourself a special place to retreat, and a treat for when you sell your home.
If you’re curious about pergolas, or any other hardscape addition, give us a call. We’re happy to help you build your backyard into a dreamscape.