This is the perfect time to start thinking about making landscape design updates. A pergola is a perfect hardscape to add to your property for shade, additional garden design, and an inviting sitting area. And it is a perfect time, while they are not too busy, to talk to a landscape architect, designer, or contractor about adding a custom pergola.

A Pergola Is Remarkably Versatile

A traditional pergola is a square or rectangle shape with four sturdy beams with added lattice to style the top. They are most often wood. They provide an area to sit, read, host parties, and relax with family and friends. The material it is made of and where you place it in your garden can turn it from a functional but basic structure into a one-of-a-kind statement piece. Extras can range from lights, ceiling fans, and adjustable overhead slats to entertainment systems, fire features, and outdoor kitchens.

Design Considerations For A Pergola

Depending on your home, you can customize your pergola to match, stand out or add a completely different design vibe for your home. A pergola extends your living space and increases the amount of time you can spend outside. Designed and oriented correctly on your lot, a pergola can cast enough light shade to make even a warm afternoon enjoyable or if you still need additional protection, you can install a retractable shade. Pergolas can also add a sense of enclosure for a hot tub or spa, while still keeping the space open to the landscape. Situating a pergola at the end or side of a pool creates a convenient spot for lounging away from the direct sun. To give your pergola an enchanting feel, vines and greenery are often planted at the base, so they grow up and around the studs and top of the structure.

The Reason Why You Should Hire Experienced Pergola Builders

The design of a pergola may make you believe it is simple to build and install but most homeowners say it is advisable to hire a professional to build and install your pergola. A pergolas builder will have the experience to install the woodwork correctly. That’s fundamental when it comes to such structures. When you spend time in the pergola you need to be sure the structure won’t fall. On top of that, you need to know that the construction is solid enough to last for a long time. Any DIY work comes cheaper than hiring a pro. That’s natural. But think of all the mistakes you can make; thus, ruining materials or needing repairs. And then you will have to buy tools. Don’t forget the importance of using the right materials. If you select the wrong wood, don’t stain it properly, or install pergolas incorrectly, you will actually waste money instead of saving it. And hiring a professional will expedite the process, allow you to have a partner during the designing process, advise on the best materials to use, and manage the project from start to finish. Also, if you get a little uneasy with heights, it is not a good idea to build your own pergola.

How Much Does It Cost To Build A Pergola?

A pergola is worth the money because it truly does add the sophistication and warmth you’re looking for. It’s a space that you’ll enjoy spending time in whether barbequing with family, entertaining friends or relaxing at the end of a long day. A pergola can definitely be a cost-effective way to give your property a more unique and personal look. The average cost of a pergola is around $3,600. But of course, the size will determine the cost. Even though many factors can affect the price, in general, the average cost of a pergola ranges between $2,000-$18,000. This depends on location, materials, chosen size, and accessories. Since outdoor living has become more popular than ever, the value of properties with a pergola or other comfortable outdoor space has been on the rise. A safe gauge backyard improvement is about 50% — 80% for your ROI.

When To Install a Pergola

As with any outdoor project, the best time to build is during good weather from spring to fall. So, if you want to enjoy your pergola this summer, start planning the design today.

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About Davis Landscaping

Davis Landscape Design & Installation has been providing landscaping services to customers in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati since 1965! We know that the landscape design process can be overwhelming, so we work with you tirelessly to better understand your vision. At Davis Landscape Design & Installation, we’re on your team and we know how to listen and deliver.