This stunning pergola was the result of the retired homeowners determined quest for dappled shade coupled with enhanced privacy on their south-facing patio. If you own a home under similar circumstances, you appreciate the lack of livability as the summer sun relentlessly pounds the patio and bounces off the back walls of your home. Enjoying these blazing spaces is often not possible from noon on, without well thought shade solutions.
Elegant brick and mortar columns to match the home with commanding 10’x10’ posts growing out of them into the 4”x12” oversized beams were necessary for this luxury home on Sagamore Golf Course. Obtaining the correct scale is always critical but especially so with large open spaces overlooking a fairway. As a bonus, the beefy lumber fueled more shade than normal and the overhead unit placement was maximized as well. Even the columns and posts contribute to the shade.
The picture illustrates how a properly planned pergola can offer relief from the sun. Take a moment to study the shade produced on the patio and realize that the scorching feeling is considerably minimized and temperature more tolerable.
The custom cedar lattice detail on the end will house a retractable shade that hides behind the overhead members. That, coupled with a climbing clematis vine, will completely block the sun as it shifts below the site line of the pergola. It’s especially appreciated around dinnertime when its time to retreat from the day with a favorite beverage.
Creating protection from the sun is one of our most frequent conversations we have with clients. Custom shade strategies vary for each project but have a similar feel. Pergolas, shade trees, heavy drapes or blinds, custom lattice, shade sails, porch roofs (lanais) and other creative thoughts all have an important role in our quest.
Randy is founder of Surroundings by NatureWorks and can be reached at 679-2565, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.choosesurroundings.com.