Many people dream about beautifully landscaped yards and wish that their own property could be more idyllic. Oftentimes, these visions center around a structure of some sort. If you are one of those homeowners who dreams about having meandering gardens and beautiful structures in your yard, a pergola may help these aspirations come to life.
What are pergolas and how are they constructed?
Pergolas are often confused with arbors or gazebos, but they’re a distinct kind of construction. Pergolas are generally larger, heavier, and have a flat roof that rests atop columns. While arbors and gazebos tend to be rather simple in the way they are built, pergolas often boast great architectural detail and design. They also aren’t on a platform like gazebos are. The flat roofs on pergolas can either be open or solid, depending on the style. Furthermore, they can be freestanding or attached to a home — in which case the pergola becomes almost like an additional room of the house.
Why should I have one on my property?
Having a pergola can certainly add a new dimension to your home’s exterior, and may even serve to raise the value of your home. These Renaissance-inspired structures are also frameworks for attractive crawling vines. If you enjoy sitting under canopies of vines (such as grapevines, bougainvillea, and wisteria), pergolas are an excellent way to do so.
Even if you choose not to train vines on them, though, they are still excellent sources for shade during hot summer months. Pergolas are also ideal for dining under when the weather is nice, especially if the roof of the structure is solid.
How much do they cost?
Vinyl, wood, and brick are all common materials out of which pergolas can be built. With this in mind, the price varies and will depend on the materials and dimensions you choose for your project. The cost will also depend on whether you want the roof thatched or solid. To give a general estimate, the price range for these structures falls between $3,000 and $15,000. Keep in mind — you can put as much or as little design as you want when you are building.
How do I find a good company to build one for me?
Designing and building your own pergola can be nearly impossible unless you have a great deal of construction experience. That’s why finding a good company to work with is important. Do some Internet research to find builders near you. Once you’ve got a list of candidates, start asking questions. Compare prices and make sure that the company you hire offers solid contracts, guarantees, and good communication skills. Seeing pictures of pergolas they’ve built in the past is also a great way to build confidence and choose the right contractor for the job.
Luxury in the yard
Pergolas are great structures under which to enjoy luxurious dining, sitting by the pool, or exercising your gardening skills. Finding a truly reputable and skilled pergola specialist will solve a whole lot of problems before they ever develop, and will ensure that your pergola is built to the highest professional standard.