This rich mocha stained pergola is packed with responsibility! Its primary function, as with most pergolas, is providing dappled shade in an overly exposed sunny spot. And while the size of the pictured pergola is somewhat abbreviated, it successfully accomplishes this mission around the massive grill station and stone counter. Our guests (yes, it’s my home) are often amused as to how much relief it provides from the blazing sun.
We often design / build pergolas as a visual block or to enhance privacy. The beautiful, yet abrasively close, neighbors’ home and basketball goal is quietly minimized with the beams and overhead units of the structure. Often, we will plant a non-invasive wisteria or flowering clematis to romantically consume portions of the pergola for an old-world feel.
A primary element of creating an “outdoor room” is establishing the sensation of a roof structure. The heavy canopy of an existing shade tree or several ornamental serviceberry or redbud trees freshly planted around the patio can accomplish this. This home has the benefit of each, coupled with the strategically placed pergola. Importantly, it serves to visually pull in the space and offer a sense of intimacy.
Notice the outdoor commercial grade party lights stretching through it and the two rescued outdoor coach lamps that have been stripped and repurposed into candle chandeliers. The potted herbs add colorful drama to an otherwise stale oversized grill counter and show signs of being snipped repeatedly with ambitious grilling habits.
As summer heat invades outdoor living, most of us run for cover from direct sun exposure. Pergolas are one of our favorite and most affective tools to offer relieve. They are packed with ambiance, are skilled at multi-tasking and handle the thrilling responsibility well.