Adding a Pergola

Jan 4, 2023 | Outdoor Living

Adding a Pergola

Adding a Pergola: How to Choose Your Personal Style

If you want to spruce up your outdoor space, a pergola may be a perfect addition to your backyard. They are not only beautiful but functional too.  Plus, adding a pergola boosts the value of your home.


What is a Pergola

A pergola is an outdoor overhead structure often used as a patio cover.  It offers protection from UV rays, rain, and wind. It lets you enjoy outdoor conversation with family and friends without being impacted by the weather.


Benefits of a Pergola

Pergolas can increase property values and are one of the more valuable additions homeowners can make.  In fact, it has an estimated ROI (return on investment) of around 50% to 80%. A pergola is visually appealing and offers extra protection and more backyard privacy.

These structures offer many benefits to homeowners. A pergola adds character.  Having a unique feature in your yard that draws attention will make your house stand out.  Make it your own by hanging lights, a porch swing, furniture, and other accessories that reflect your personality.

A pergola allows you to maximize living space, especially in areas where outdoor living is common.  Although it’s not enclosed, a pergola opens up a whole new area to dine, relax, entertain and enjoy life.

This structure can be personalized and custom-built to fit your home.  You can match the colors, materials, sizing, and more.  Consider designing a larger one to fit over your patio or a smaller one that features a beautiful garden.

A pergola provides shade, especially in warmer climates. Imagine sitting outside in the fresh air for hours, reading a good book without the bright sun getting in your eyes.


Pergola Styles

There are many types of pergolas on the market to choose from.

An attached Pergola style has one side that attaches directly to a wall.  It’s a good choice if you want a covered space for your patio. A freestanding pergola isn’t connected and can be placed anywhere. It’s ideal for gardens or beside a pool.  An awning style mounts to a wall and provides shade for the sidewalk or backyard. A louvered pergola has a roof with horizontal slants that can be adjusted to keep out rain and sun. An arched pergola is romantic and perfect for gardens.  You can also put potted plants inside.


How Much Does it Cost?

The average cost to build a pergola is around $4,000.   The price of a basic build can be as little as $1,300, while you could pay as much as $10,000 for a custom design.  A pergola is larger than an arbor or trellis, the other freestanding structures for your yard.


Ready to Improve Your Outdoor Space?

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