One backyard installation that’s been gaining popularity over the years is the pergola. These wall-less structures that support an open-aired roof with standing posts have been around for centuries. But they’ve seen a renaissance in North American backyards of late. If you’re wondering why they’ve become so popular, we’ve put together a list of four reasons to consider building a pergola.
One of the major benefits of building a pergola is that they provide protection from the elements while still allowing you to feel like you’re outdoors. The open-air roof offers some shade but doesn’t completely block out the sun. The fact that there are no walls ensures you have a great view of the surroundings while also being able to enjoy a cooling breeze. Pergolas can also be outfitted with louvres, shades and coverings that provide more protection from the elements if necessary.
With the way many of our urban areas are building upwards, sitting in your backyard can feel like you’re on display for the entire neighbourhood to observe. A pergola can be an excellent way to provide yourself with a little more privacy while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. The addition of shades, plants or even a hanging towel can cut down on the sightlines that your neighbours have. If you have an overlooked backyard, a pergola can give you back some privacy.
The shelter that a pergola provides can act as an extension of your living space. A pergola installed in an outdoor area where you might dine, entertain guests or maybe do some office work provides a sense of intimacy that you just don’t get when you’re sitting out in the open. The pergola can be used to create a defined space where previously things were wide open.
Creating a focal point is a basic principle in landscape design. The focal provides a visual cue to draw the eye towards a specific area while helping to create an aesthetic order. Without a focal point, your backyard will appear much less aesthetically pleasing. A pergola is definitely a type of structure that draws the eye while allowing the surroundings to become amplified.