Pergolas are one of the most popular types of outdoor structures for many reasons, not least their flexibility. The design of your pergola is only limited by your imagination, though you'll also need to consider which styles go with your house.
Our design experts can help you choose from hundreds of possible design combinations when installing your pergola. To help you get started, here are some of most popular styles to suit a variety of outdoor spaces.
Open or shaded pergola
Your pergola is a place to enjoy the fresh air, but you also need to be sure that your family and guests are protected from the sun and the elements.
An open-roofed pergola can be easily transformed into a shaded retreat by fitting shadecloth to the open beams, which can be opened whenever you need it and folded back into place when you don't for a neat finish. You can also install shadecloth as a side screen to enjoy extra privacy in your backyard.
Gable or flat roof pergola
If you prefer a roofed structure, there are several roof profiles to choose from based on your home's architectural style and your climate.
With their higher profiles and steep sides, gable or pitched roofs improve airflow and water runoff as well as creating a uniform look with house roofs. Gable pergolas offer plenty of freedom for customised designs, with a selection of end types and ceilings to choose from.
Flat roofs can be built to any size and shape desired and constructed from a range of quality materials to match your home style. Flat roofs are still installed with a small degree of pitch to ensure proper drainage and avoid water pooling.
Freestanding or attached pergola
Your pergola can be attached to the side of your house wall or roof with brackets or installed further out in your garden. Attached pergolas are usually cheaper, as they require less materials and construction, but freestanding structures will extend your outdoor space.
When you've decided on the physical characteristics of your pergola, you can get creative with pergola themes that suit your personality and your budget – whether that means a rustic nature theme, sleek modern look, classic Roman tiles or a tropical escape in your backyard.
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Alfresco and Outdoor Dining Ideas
With the days getting longer and the temperature getting warmer, taking your meals out of the dining room into the open air is one of the best ways to make the most of the summer.
Whether you're dining out on the verandah, by the poolside or down at the bottom of the garden, here are some ideas for creating al fresco dining areas to suit every mood and occasion.
Relaxed beachside vibe
If your backyard is a place to unwind and get away from it all, you can set the right care-free atmosphere by avoiding matching furniture sets and instead mixing a variety of styles, materials and textures. Natural materials such as wicker, wood and stone will help you to leave the modern world behind.
Sophisticated outdoor dining
Dining outdoors doesn't have to be informal though, and you won't have to sacrifice style and sophistication when you set up a dining table and enough place settings for family and friends under the shade of a covered pergola. Even in the shade, it's still a good idea to choose durable outdoor furniture that will stand up to the elements, made from moisture-resistant materials such as steel, aluminium or treated timber.
If you're looking for excuses to spend more time in the garden, setting up a temporary or permanent dining area away from the house in a gazebo or other covered structure is a great way to extend your outdoor living space and escape to nature. Make sure you have a safe and easy route from your dining area back to the kitchen by installing paving and lighting.
Front porch dining
If your front porch or verandah is far enough from the street, it can make the perfect setting for a cosy dinner for two or waking up with breakfast and coffee, especially in the country.
Vibrant party space
Any outdoor space can be turned into a buzzing social hub with a few splashes of colour, lights, music and enough seating for all of your guests. If your budget doesn't stretch to buying extra furniture, large cushions and bean bags scattered across the deck set a fun and informal atmosphere.
Rustic fireside dining
To create an outdoor dining area for all seasons, just add fire. If you're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, you could install a fireplace in your pergola or go with the more economical option of a raised concrete and glass firepit that doubles up as a coffee table when not in use.
If you're serious about entertaining al fresco, an outdoor bar will show you mean business. Shaded under a verandah roof, you can bring out your drinks cabinet and improvise counters and buffet tables from spare furniture and crates.
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