We seem to be moving outdoors more and more; for entertaining and for simply finding our own personal refuge away from the world. Especially in the south, where much of our time is spent out on the deck or patio, pergolas bring an additional layer of multifunction, style and comfort for year round use. The whole process, from planning and designing these fixtures, to adding furnishings and flowers, to bringing in walkways, can be an exciting process. It’s also a relatively quick process, enhancing your outdoor area in no time at all with shade, shelter and a beautifully inviting space.
Landscaping in Birmingham – Tips on Choosing a Pergola:
Research your pergola design, assuring it blends well with the style of your home. There are many different plans that offer everything from straight lines to intricate curves and layers.
Consider all furnishings you will add now or in the future. For example, if you plan to add curtains, choose a design that best accommodates them. Or, if you know that you will add an outdoor kitchen area, think about how open you want it.
Choose materials wisely. A pergola must be built to ensure the building materials are suitable for outdoor use.
There are many materials out there to choose from. If adding to your country garden setting, use oak or brick piers with oak beams. For a coastal garden setting, use reclaimed oak beams or driftwood. If you want a contemporary look use stained wood. For the formal, classical look, use smooth stone columns with planed, shaped wooden beams. Or, for the uptown look, use brick pillars and smooth beams.
Any design you choose that brings beauty to your patio can be enhanced with by many options, by adding a water fountain, colorful flowers or small trees to flank around your walkway. Have fun with the design and planning process making this peaceful area your own! And maybe you’ll invite others into your refuge to enjoy it as well. But make it yours!
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