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When you start to think of all of the possibilities, it is amazing how versatile a pergola can be.
Whether you are looking to build a quiet corner in the shade where you can relax or want an area in your garden that is perfect for entertaining family and friends, something like a 12×20 pergola could be the perfect choice.
Let’s take a look at some of the many different roles a pergola can play.
Why a pergola can often provide the right solution
A good starting point would be to take a look at the basics of a typical pergola construction so that you can see what sort of versatility it offers and design solutions.
Generally speaking, your pergola will be square with various support columns. The actual size, shape, and dimensions can be adjusted to suit your planned garden space and usage requirements.
You have the choice of a structure that is open at the sides or enclosed. You can also get protection from the elements with the help of a covered or louvered roof.
Why choose a pergola?
The primary purpose of having a pergola is to provide a protected area in your outdoor space. The look and feel of a typical pergola will offer a lot more than just basic functionality in the form of protection from the weather.
You can use a pergola to enjoy just the right amount of shade. You could install one to provide cover for a hot tub, or you might want a pergola that works as an outside dining area, where you can cook and eat under the stars.
A pergola also looks great when you have lighting or hang plants from it. Another clear advantage of a pergola over a gazebo or a pavilion is that it is more adaptable. If you have a louvered roof, for instance, you can adjust the amount of heat and light you let in. This would not be possible with a fixed structure like a gazebo.
Add aesthetic and financial value
Another useful point to consider about a pergola is that it is capable of enhancing your outdoor space and adding plenty of extra aesthetic appeal. Even better, installing a pergola often helps increase the value of your home as it makes it more desirable when you offer outdoor recreational opportunities as a result of having a pergola.
The chance to create a design and style that suits your needs and preferences
A pergola can be designed and created in almost any size, shape, and finish that you want. If you want a rustic feel, for instance, that would be easy to achieve with the right pergola design and finish. The same applies if you are looking for something that is more sleek and contemporary.
The idea of installing a pergola in your outdoor space is a real no-brainer when you look at all of the advantages and benefits it offers.
You get to enjoy more time outside by making the most use of your garden when you have a pergola.
What sort of pergola would look good in your backyard?