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Pergolas are a great addition to an outdoor space to help limit sun exposure during the summer months. Depending on their location, they can help cool your home in the summer and warm your house in the winter.

Where should you place a pergola?

When considering adding a pergola to your outdoor space, we recommend homeowners try and situate pergolas are on the south-facing or west-facing side of the house.

Often times when people think about a pergola they think about the word shade. While pergolas do produce a certain amount of shade there are a couple of other reasons, in my opinion, that makes them even more important in the landscape. First, they can add architectural interest if they are designed correctly. A flat, boring house can become very interesting with the use of details within the pergola. Second, a pergola can make a very large, expansive space feel much more intimate and cozy.

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Pergolas are typically made of wood, but it is possible to use a variety of materials to create the ideal look for any given home and landscaping. Many of the pergola designs are open on all sides and include the open style of the traditional pergola combined with a clear roofing material to keep rain and winter snow out of the central part of the structure.
As with any type of design and feature in your landscaping or home, here are several factors that are considered in the price. Enclosed pergolas or those with more complicated shapes and features are slightly more expensive than the basic styles, but they offer increased possibility for use.
There are many different options to customize a pergola. We can accommodate different sizes and shapes, different styles, and features of the structure. Styles range from very traditional to more modern and contemporary, including designs that include one or more enclosed or partially enclosed sides for more privacy and comfort from wind, rain, and direct sunlight.
A pergola is typically a square or rectangular shape and can be freestanding or attached to the home. It has an open style of flat or slightly angled roof that can include single direction beams or a lattice structure. A ramada is sometimes called a pavilion. It is similar to a pergola, except it has a closed roof which is typically pitched like the roof of a house. It often has one or more full walls. Most ramadas are freestanding and not attached to the home. A gazebo has a full roof, is hexagonal in shape, and is a freestanding addition to the landscaping.
The typical height of a pergola is eight, ten, or twelve feet. However, it is possible to have pergolas that are taller for a more dramatic effect, particularly if the roof of the pergola is used for supporting vines or ornamental planters.
As with any type of additional building or modification to an existing structure, the need for a permit is determined by local requirements and laws. We can provide information to assist you based on your location.