Although lifestyle studies are conclusively proving that we are spending more time at work, they are also suggesting that we are using our recreation time more productively, which has to be a good thing.
One of the building trends that lends itself well to our increasing desire to enjoy our leisure activities with greater gusto is the outdoor pergola.
From architecturally designed entertaining rooms that flow from the indoors out to a hastily constructed patio, it seems that no matter what our budget allows, we all want to capture the essence of the great outdoors.
But outdoor pergolas do a whole lot more than simply provide a casual area for relaxing out of doors or entertaining family and friends, they also provide a cool, shady room that can result in quite an impact on the temperatures inside.
In Australia, where the long hot summers mean we often swelter for up to six months at a time (depending on where you live), a shaded oasis built with special consideration for the daily movement of the sun across the sky can create the cool comfort we crave when the temperature soars.
Where to Build Outdoor Pergolas
The positioning of your outdoor pergola depends on the way your home is designed and in which direction the main living areas face. Of course, it would make sense to construct a covered pergola on the west facing side of your home because the sun sets in the west, but that isn’t always the most practical or viable solution.
When planning an outdoor patio that is also going to act as a natural air conditioner for your home, the most important consideration is where do you and your family spend the most time?
In most cases, the answer is going to be the living room, family room or kitchen. So it makes good sense to add a patio feature off these rooms to increase the size of your entertaining area.
By incorporating the same flooring and features in the outdoor area as you have indoors, the effect creates the illusion of the living areas flowing through from inside to outside and makes the whole area look much larger and more inviting.
Outdoor pergolas come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes so they can be integrated with the design features of your existing home. As well, you can choose from a range of roof styles that either deflect or draw the sun’s rays, depending on whether you want to heat or cool the room.
A useful feature that many pergola manufacturers are now incorporating into their designs is a series of shutters along the roof that can be easily adjusted to effectively shield or reflect the sun’s rays.
Homeowners who, by necessity, build their outdoor patio on the south side of their house find this shutter system invaluable by introducing minimal sunshine during the winter months to warm the surrounds.
Most major outdoor pergola suppliers offer an obligation-free design service to not only advise you on where your patio is going to fit most effectively, they can also suggest the best designs to perfectly integrate your new outdoor entertaining room with your indoors.
Once you’ve planned the placement for your outdoor patio and the design that most suits you, your lifestyle and your home, the next step is construction.
Whether you decide to do the job yourself or get a professional pergola installation team to do it for you, the process of building your patio shouldn’t take long.
Once your shady oasis has been created, the only thing left to do is grab a cool drink, maybe a good book or perhaps a group of friends, and then relax and enjoy the great outdoors in the shade of your outdoor pergola.