We all aspire to have a relaxing backyard that serves as our own private and cozy oasis. It’s a place where we can take a break from the outside world and get the much-needed peace and quiet. Adding a pergola is the perfect solution for providing an outdoor area with shade and privacy. These beautiful structures don’t only make for functional transition areas. They are also ideal for dressing up a backyard and adding curb appeal.
If you’ve got a large outdoor space, you’re in luck! All you need are a couple of tools, and a couple of pergola design ideas, and off you go! Below, four useful tips to help you get started on your pergola project.
Choose the perfect pergola design for your backyard
The best way to kickstart your pergola project is to decide on your pergola design. Will you go for a deck pergola or do you like the free-standing ones better? Do you want a classic pergola roof or an adjustable one so you can have control over the shade level? Perhaps you want a pergola with a canopy or do you plan on adding climbing plants and vines?
The thing about pergolas is that they can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. That said, you want to make sure that the pergola design idea you decide on is in line with your skill level. Browse around for different pergola plans, and you’re sure to find something that fits your skill level, taste, and budget.
Select the right materials for your pergola
Once you’ve found the ideal pergola design, you can move on to selecting the materials for your outdoor structure. Now, the type of pergola material you choose will depend on a couple of factors. First, you want to consider your pergola’s function and where it’s going to be located. You need to factor in your environment because your pergola needs to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Materials like timber are ideal for a timeless look, but it’s not fire and weather-resistant, and it does require maintenance. Aluminum, metal, and PVC are all resistant to elements and fire, and are also low-maintenance. Bricks and stones, like timber, offer a more traditional look. While they happen to be long-lasting, fire and weather-resistant, and low-maintenance, such constructions are expensive as well as labor-intensive. Other than the materials, remember to factor in the flooring (if needed), anchors, long posts, slats, rafters, and nails. These are essential components of a well-designed pergola that will affect the final cost.
Build your customized pergola
Once you’re set on your pergola design, materials, and location, you’re finally ready to start building your backyard hangout. The most important thing here is to stick to the measurements. Start by measuring for your pergola and have your materials cut according to the design. It’d definitely help if you had some construction background.
Some homeowners may not like the idea of settling with a solid construction. They may want flexibility from their pergola design which will allow them to disassemble and move it around. In that case, it'd be best to call in a reliable team of custom pergola installers to work their magic. Aside from offering you flexibility, pergola installation would also make your project much more affordable. This makes it a great alternative if you’re on a budget. And since this is a backyard installation, there’s usually no need for approvals. Still, it’s best to consult with HOA or local building authority beforehand just to make sure.
Make sure you maintain your pergola
Adding a pergola to your backyard can be a worthy investment. And as with any other investment, you want to make sure that you’re getting the most bang for your buck. The best way to ensure this is to take proper care of your construction.
Depending on the materials used as well as the overall design, a pergola that’s well-designed won’t require too much maintenance. Some designs will require little to no maintenance, while others may need to be taken care of annually or bi-annually. Cleaning your pergola will help eliminate mildew and dirt, but it’s important that you use natural cleansers, especially on timber. After washing the structure with water and allowing it to dry naturally, mix some water with oxygen bleach. Use the mixture to address any stains and keep them away. Make sure to address any corrosion, decoloring, or loosening of the fasteners, and repaint the pergola every few years.
A well-designed pergola doesn’t only help extend your living space but it also boosts your home value. With proper planning, you can manage to transform your backyard into a beautiful hangout spot you’ll love spending time in.
Published by Carrie Davis