Add Outdoor Interest With A Pergola
There’s a long history of people wanting to build structures in natural settings that only enhance their beauty. Instead of building solid structures that dwarf the landscape, they want to create buildings with a lighter profile that won’t be so disruptive within their environment. The pergola is one such structure, and it can be found in gardens and retreats in every corner of the world. Adding flair to your outdoor area with a pergola can enhance your outdoor look. A pergola is a structure which is designed to provide support for climbing plants, creating a cool and shaded area beneath the pergola which can be used for recreation. Pergolas are sometimes used over patios and porches in warm climates, and they also appear along walkways and as standalone structures in the garden. Several companies manufacture pergolas, and these structures can also be custom-built by contractors or people with some construction skill who like to do their own home improvement.
The defining feature of a pergola is the support columns which run along either side, typically connecting with a latticed framework above. The sides of a pergola are traditionally left open to create an unfettered view. Plants are trained to grow up the pillars until they reach the framework, at which point they will spread out to cover the top of the pergola, and sometimes they may start to dangle partway down the sides.