Traditionally pergolas were made from wood and the addition of foliage was quite common. At the same time, a lot of traditional designs barely have any sort of roof or something similar. For the people that like a more modern and contemporary design for their pergolas – there’s always another type of pergola design called “contemporary pergola”.
Contemporary pergola designs are mostly made to fit well in the modern environment, putting minimalism and thinner lines as the main priorities. For that reason, a lot of contemporary pergolas are made not from wood, but from aluminum. The drastic change in material has also led to a decline in the number of vines that were previously used quite often. Although some of the additions to aluminum pergolas can make it possible to create a dedicated pergola wall made from wooden planks, perfect for foliage growth.
Another drastic change that arrived with the introduction of contemporary design is the addition of a more or less solid roof as a frequent part of modern pergolas. To make the entire structure more adaptable to different weather conditions a new type of pergola roof was created – bioclimatic pergola.
This sort of construction is made from a row of aluminum blades of sorts that can move at command, creating a waterproof cover (as any roof does) or allowing for more sun and air to come inside of a pergola from above. There are various other features that bioclimatic pergolas can provide, as well, including hidden drainage grooves, LED lights underneath a pergola, speakers installed inside of the pillars that the pergola consists of, and so on.
Contemporary pergolas can also be used to create a cover for any kind of sitting area or even a swimming pool, making it possible to fit some variation of a contemporary pergola design in almost any backyard. That being said, not all of the pergolas have to be freestanding, either.
The availability of multiple different additions to contemporary pergolas allows these aluminum constructions to turn into actual extensions of your living space, with a dedicated flooring, walls made of wood, glass, canopy, and more – and all of that with the comfort of just another room inside of your house.
The addition of aluminum also expanded the color palette for pergolas, with any contemporary pergola design having the choice between covering the aluminum with almost any possible paint color and just leaving it with the natural grey color of aluminum itself.
As it stands, the introduction of contemporary pergola designs led to a lot of variability being added to the pergolas in general, making it much more versatile of an addition to your house or your backyard.
Surprisingly enough, not all of the pergola designs are about creating shade for the people inside of it. Despite the fact that there’s a lot of different pergola designs nowadays – shade as a function is often treated like an option, rather than a necessity.
This is the main reason why there’s so many ideas and ways to create pergola shade, using different materials, construction techniques and so on. Attempting to take a look at some of those pergola shade ideas is the goal of this article.
First of all, here’s a list that includes some of the pergola designs for shade:
- Solid roof;
- Tension fabric;
- Retractable canopy;
- Oversized roof;
- Roof extension;
- Retractable awning;
- Retractable fabric;
- Fabric walls;
- Reed covers;
- Bamboo roofs;
- Live foliage;
- Pergola curtains.
One of the most basic ideas that can create pergola shade cover is for it to have a regular solid roof installed beforehand. There’s plenty of materials that can be used as the roof of your pergola, and it’s not just wood or aluminum – there’s also steel, polycarbonate, and more.
Having a solid roof might not be a viable option for smaller freestanding pergolas, so the tension fabric is another option that can be done to give your pergola some shade. This option is exceptionally useful for simplistic pergolas, since the addition of fabric doesn’t ruin the overall style of the structure.
Of course, a static roof from any material might not be the best for everyone, so there’s a lot of ways to create a retractable canopy roof, so that you can control the exact extent of the protection from the sun or rain that you want.
A bioclimatic pergola is another type of pergola which features rotating slats on the roof, so that you can control the amount of shade or sun you want or need. The overall simplistic appearance of most of these roofs also makes for a good stylistic choice.
Since the basic version of a pergola is not exactly complicated, there’s a lot of variation and inspiration when it comes to custom ways of creating a roof for your pergola. For example, one pergola uses an oversized roof that goes beyond the edges of the pergola’s legs, making it an original design choice, at the very least.
When it comes to attached pergolas, there’s a popular option that a lot of people take advantage of, called roof extension. In this example it’s basically some sort of a canopy over the entire pergola, making it a suitable option to act as an extension of your living area. There’s also a variation of this design choice called retractable awning that allows for more versatility when it comes to areas with mixed use cases, like a terrace or something similar.
Getting back to the fabric-based covers, it’s also possible to create entire roofs as a pergola shade cover from pieces of retractable fabric, or create entire fabric walls from the same material (see the example below). This design allows for a more interesting choice when it comes for shade appliances, and you can also adjust those fabric pieces however you wish, making the entire feature that much more customizable.
Simplifying the entire concept even more – there’s a lot of pergolas that take inspiration from the more traditional structures, using reed or bamboo as a roof material, making reed covers and bamboo roofs, respectively. Reeds were especially popular in the ancient Egypt times, and nowadays it’s still a possibility, even though it’s more suitable for dry climates with as little rain as possible. Bamboo, on the other hand, is capable of creating a completely new outlook on a pergola roof style, aside from the general protection in sunny days.
Another original variation of pergola shade ideas is an actual live foliage from the plants. There’s a plethora of different fast-growing plants out there, like wisteria, grape, climbing rose, etc. The majority of pergolas can be outfitted with proper support for these types of plants to grow and flourish, acting as an actual protection from the sun in given enough time to grow. The example below shows one of the walls outfitted with many wooden planks to support growing plants.
Shade ideas don’t necessarily have to be all about the roof of a pergola. For example, another idea in the list of pergola designs for shade is some sort of a pergola curtain to create additional shade from the sides if you’re missing a wall there. These curtains are often made of some sort of fabric that can be either thick or thin, so that you have the option that’s closest for your tastes and your current needs.
As you can see, there’s a plethora of different ideas when it comes to creating shade over a standard pergola, and they vary greatly from the basically prehistoric to modern and unique. There’s also another type of pergola roof that can adapt to your circumstances called pergola Agava.
It’s a comprehensive piece of technology that can provide you with a solid roof when you need one – and to let the air in from above when you don’t need more shade under your pergola.
There’s a lot of different use cases for a regular pergola. The list of useful features might also differ depending on some factors, including materials, additions to the construction, the main target use case, and so on. There’s also another parameter that changes the way you can interact with a pergola, and it’s size.
While you can’t call a regular pergola small, there’s a lot of examples when pergolas used for specific purposes are much bigger than the “standard” ones. The increase in size brings more covered ground, and thus more possibilities for different areas to be set up under said pergola.
Let’s look at some of the examples when it comes to large pergolas.
Our first example from Slovenia is nothing too fancy – a rectangular area with a concrete floor and a pergola to act as a roof. In this case the area itself looks more like a temporary refuge from bad weather, rather than a comfortable area for rest and recreation – but it’s still relatively large and mostly unoccupied. It won’t be too much effort to create something more comfortable in the free space left if you’ll want to do that.
Another example of a large pergola is placed in the backyard of a home in the Netherlands. This one has several different additions to it: one wall is covered with fabric to provide refuge from harsher winds, and the back wall is made of wooden planks to allow for plants to grow up in the air. The area inside of a pergola is also clearly made for recreation of sorts, but it still might be problematic to rest there properly if the wind’s direction is uneven or something like that.
This example of a large pergola from Denmark might be the most comfortable-looking so far, with properly placed walls and positioning. One wall is left wooden for plant growth purposes, and the other two are mostly covered with glass panels, allowing for the sun to come in normally, but limiting the impact of wind or rain at the same time. There’s also a large empty area underneath this outfitted pergola that can house a plethora of different objects, from chairs to sofas and mattresses.
Of course, we can’t forget about the combined pergolas as another way of increasing the amount of ground they can cover. This example from Slovenia shows at least two pergolas put together to create one large pergola that covers a lot of surface, making it possible to use it both as a storage area and as a table for breakfast, or any other purpose, since the amount of space available is impressively high.
Private houses aren’t the only ones that are taking the advantage of the ability to combine pergolas together to create one large pergola. In this example from Slovenia, we can clearly see two pergolas put together to act as a joint outdoor space for a restaurant. The addition of fabric for most sides of the pergola and the glass windows allows for the entire structure to feel almost like another room, but not indoors at the same time.
Speaking of large pergolas in general, all of the examples above are of one single type – pergola Agava, made from aluminum. Aside from the fact that there are a few of the joint pergola examples, there’s two different types of the largest pergola Agava models available – 240/36 and 240/60. Both of them can offer regular additions like water drainage grooves, motors for the roof configuration, and so on, and the main difference between them is their size:
- 240/36 pergola goes in only one configuration – 4,5 x 8 x 3 m tops.
- 240/60 pergola has two main configurations – 6 x 6 x 3 m and 5 x 8 x 3 m.
While pergola itself might seem like an ordinary structure, there are a plethora of different designs and ideas that turn this simple construction into something else entirely, from an extension to your living room to a separated outdoor recreational area.
In this context we’re presenting to you top 10 backyard pergola ideas, each of them with various unique characteristics and purposes.
- Wood & glass panels pergola.
Our first example is a strong start in the original pergola category. This one is outfitted with additional wooden sliding panels and glass panels, including a glass door. All of the elements complement the architecture of the house.
- Poolside pergola.
This outside pergola is a bit more simple as an idea. The long and short of it is that it’s just a regular pergola placed near the pool. The physical closeness to the water makes it a good resting area after taking a swim, with all the regular pergola advantages.
- Hybrid backyard pergola.
Another way of modifying your regular pergola is to mix it up with some other type of outdoor construction. This case shows us a gazebo-pergola hybrid that takes the most out of both of them: a dedicated platform with railings and a free access to the fresh air for everyone inside of this structure.
- Lighted outdoor pergola.
Getting back to the concept of attached pergolas, this example is one of them, featuring at least two of the walls being almost completely solid, thus making it more like a segregated recreational area, and there’s also LED lighting, making it a perfect place for late night meals under the sky.
- Mirror pergola.
On the topic of mirrors and additions to your pergola, this type of patio pergola takes advantage of the facade of the object, creating a very modern look and a visual effect of there being 2 pergolas and larger terrace.
- Bar pergola.
Another way of looking at pergola is to lean more towards recreating specific areas that you couldn’t fit indoors for some reason. This outdoor restaurant, for example, fits perfectly under a pergola, and there’s almost everything you need in it, including lighting, chairs, tables and so on.
- Pristine white pergola.
There’s a lot you can do with a regular pergola setup, as well. Our example below focuses on every part of the house and pergola being the same white color, making the entire area look pristine and otherworldly. A white fireplace would also adds to the overall charm, as well.
- Passageway pergola.
There’s also some usage from a pergola even outside of the typical recreational purpose. It’s possible to use it as a sort of a passageway that can be paved with anything from wood to stone, and you can both control the frequency of the roof beams and the level of protection that this pergola’s walls can provide you with.
- Big pergola.
The thing is, most pergolas have standard sizes that fit most of the use cases. But custom pergolas can be much bigger than that, and you can do a lot with a bigger pergola, including a bigger extension of your indoor living space, a bigger freedom to use more furniture to outfit your pergola, and so on.
- Long pergola.
On the topic of bigger pergolas, you don’t have to make them square or rectangular, too. Another option is to make it as long as the entire side of your house. This allows for both the regular pergola usage, like an outdoor attached recreational area, and boasts the additional space covered by this pergola, too.
As you can see, there’s plenty of different outdoor pergola designs out there, much more than these 10. With that much of a choice in the customization of bioclimatic pergola Agava it’s not hard to find something that works for you the best.
As a relatively popular outdoor construction type, pergolas have a lot of variation when it comes to different configurations or different color schemes. You can paint over pretty much every possible material that pergola could be made of. Despite all of that, the most popular color variations of a pergola are the most natural ones, or as close as it gets – it can be the color of the wood with wooden pergolas, or the dark grey, or black, color of an aluminum pergola.
Surprisingly enough, there are multiple use cases for a regular black pergola, and it fits quite well into the majority of the environments. It doesn’t really matter if your house is plain white or completely black, or any other combination – you can attach a black pergola to pretty much anything without it being too bad of a color combination.
Let’s look at a few of the examples showing the versatility of a black pergola.
This first example comes from Austria, showing your standard pergola use case as an addition to your house with some benefits. For example, there are several different light sources, a set of several chairs with a table, and even a grill for days with better weather. There’s nothing too special about this pergola with concrete floor, aside from the fact that the black color of a pergola is a good contrast with the overall white palette of the entire house (and the concrete flooring, as well).
Another example of a relatively plain black pergola can be seen in Slovenia, as the example above shows. In this case the area underneath a pergola is significantly bigger, but mostly unoccupied, so it’s always ready for many different activities that you’ll want to indulge yourself into. There’s also the fact that the benefits of a good contrast can be seen inside of this pergola in the first place, since the borders of a pergola are black, but the roof panels are all white, making it a nice contrast for both pergola and the house that it’s attached to.
On the other hand, the contrast theme can be taken a step further with this example from Austria. As you can see, this case shows the advantages of a black and white contrast a bit more clearly – with house blinds being the same black colour, too. This allows for all the typical advantages of a pergola, but now with the stylish modern look of the construction in general.
Another change in composition can be seen in this example from Denmark. In this case there’s a black pergola attached to a dark grey brick house, and it’s a nice alternative for people that don’t want to have their house covered in white paint. There are also several customization options within this pergola, like glass panels from two of the three sides, a third wall covered by wooden planks, as well as the wooden floor under a pergola in general. All this shows that the area inside of a pergola is treated more like an extension of the house and less like a separated construction.
As we’ve said at the beginning, some people prefer their house to be covered in multiple different colours, and this is where black pergola shines the most. In the example above a pergola serves as a visually dividing point that separates the black part of the house from the white one, making it a nice composition that is comfortable to look at. The fact that the pergola stands at the edge of a pool, as well as the multitude of furniture underneath this pergola, shows that this area is made for relaxation and recreation as the primary purpose.
All of the examples above are black pergolas, but they’re also technologically quite advanced on their own. Aluminum pergola Agava can deliver multitude of different advantages that are absent with other pergola materials like wood or steel, since the need for maintenance is nonexistent, the overall texture of aluminum makes the entire structure look far more modern, and the Agava part of the pergola makes for a comfortable choice for any environment that you can change at will, making it either a solid roof or a gateway for more sun to come in.
It’s true that the original purpose of a pergola as an outdoor construction was all about being a part of the backyard, or at least being attached to the first floor of the house. However, it’s not that uncommon for a pergola to act as a nice addition for a balcony of sorts, no matter how far it is from the ground level.
The addition of a pergola to a balcony enables users to take advantage of the entire range of features that pergola can bring, and we’ll be going over these advantages in different examples below.
The first example of a pergola on a balcony comes from Ljubljana, and in this case the entire balcony is still in the construction phase. The addition of a pergola to this balcony enables house owners to have an entire range of pergola-related advantages right on their own balcony. For example, it can be a nice recreational area, or a secluded dining area with a nice view, or almost anything else.
Our other examples are more or less completed, like this one from Austria. As you can see, this balcony is quite massive in size, and placing a pergola right over the exit to said balcony allows house owners to have both the advantages of a covered area near their indoor area, as well as to have a part of the balcony under the sky to have a picnic there, or something similar.
It’s true that there’s a lot more smaller balconies than there are bigger ones. A good example of a smaller balcony with the addition of a pergola comes from Croatia and is shown above. In this case the majority of the balcony’s free space is covered by a pergola, making it easier for the house inhabitants to control the condition of their balcony – changing the roof’s mode when it’s raining, for example. At the very least, having a solid roof for your balcony makes for a decent plant-growing environment.
Another example of fitting a pergola in the similar environment, but with different results, comes from Croatia. In this case the area covered by a pergola’s roof is smaller than with the previous one, so there’s a bit less freedom when it comes to different use cases. It can still be a wonderful outdoor dining area for a small gathering, and it’s still a nice addition to a balcony in general, with the addition of a roof that can be made solid over a part of said balcony.
Our last example takes the coverage of a balcony with a pergola to an extreme – in this case the entire balcony is under a pergola. This specific example allows house owners to create something that’s basically one more small room of a house – a pergola agava’s roof can be made solid, and the side covers should provide enough protection from weather conditions to last in autumn and spring with little to no issues. All of the previous use cases for a pergola are also possible, like a dining area, a tool storage area, and more.
It’s important to mention that all of the pergola examples above are made from aluminum as their main material. Aluminum is known as a material with a lot of advantages in general, and in the pergola case you can be sure that it’ll last for a long time and you won’t need to do anything too cumbersome to keep it clean and fresh. The overall modern look of an aluminum pergola is quite nice, too.
It’s safe to say that there’s a variety of different pergola types out there, even if we’re speaking about a single module of each pergola (some cases demand several pergola modules attached to each other). While there’s some cases of users buying larger pergolas, the smaller ones are still the majority for a lot of customers.
Our examples of smaller pergolas are about two of the typical sizes: pergola 3x3m and pergola 3x4m. Each of those examples are relatively small and would have a much easier time fitting in most of the backyards, even the smallest ones.
Now we’ll go over some of the actual examples of these pergolas.
First of all, an example from the Netherlands. A nice small pergola in the backyard of a regular house, with a dedicated flooring underneath it. It can be easily adapted to a variety of purposes, from the tool shed to the outdoor resting and recreational area. And the overall harmony of white pergola colour and white flooring makes for a nice view in general.
Of course, there’s a lot more cases of people not changing the pergola’s colour at all, like in this example from Slovenia. The overall small shape of a pergola 3x3m fits perfectly in this house’s backyard, expanding the overall living area and ready for a variety of use cases. The pergola’s natural colour also fits really well with the house’s roof, as well.
Square 3×3 pergolas are not the only ones we’re looking for, either. Here’s our first example of a pergola 3 x 4 meter, and this one fits the house’s shape really well, too. It stands on a dedicated flooring around the house and makes for a nice little outdoor area that is one step away from your living arrangements.
Speaking of fitting pergolas, here’s another example attached to a house in Austria. It’s a pergola 3 x 4 once again, and it’s a nice addition to this house’s irregular shape in general. It also fits nicely with the overall theme of the house, and the flooring under the pergola makes it easier to utilize this structure in any way you want.
Our last example of pergola 3x4m once again comes from Slovenia. In this case a pergola 3 x 4 meter fits well with the overall black-and-white theme of the house, and the elevated dedicated area under this pergola is quite handy for a lot of purposes, too. In this case a pergola is placed within the basically nonexistent backyard area, which once again proves that it’s easy for a pergola Agava to fit in a lot of different areas if needed.
Speaking of pergola Agava, there’s also a lot more variation when it comes to the size of these aluminum bioclimatic pergolas. There’s three different models in total: model 160, model 170 and model 240, and each of those have different maximum measurements, as well as some other characteristics.
There’s also the fact that there’s two different sub-models in both model 170 and model 240. In model 170 there’s Agava SL 170/28, which goes up to 4 x 7 m in size, and there’s Agava SL 170/36, this one is up to 4.5 x 7 m. As for model 240, there’s Agava SL 240/36 (4.5 x 8 m) and Agava SL 240/60 (up to 40 m2). Model 160, on the other hand, only features Agava SL 160/28, which goes up to 4 x 6 m per module, and is the only option for this model.
One of the main purposes of a pergola, or any other outdoor backyard construction, is to fit nicely with the overall theme of the house or the backyard to begin with. Of course, there’s a lot of different color options available when it comes to pergolas, but the original aluminum color, which can be called “grey”, is relatively popular, as well. It helps with setting up the overall modern look for your backyard,, among other things.
To explain it in a bit more detail, we’ll go over some of the examples of grey pergolas.
We’re starting with a simple example that comes from Ljubljana. It’s a small freestanding pergola with no dedicated flooring underneath it. This one is clearly used as a little getaway from the unfavorable weather conditions like rain or something similar, and there’s even a table set up underneath the pergola that can be used in a variety of different ways. The general placement of this pergola near a hedge allows for the inhabitants of this pergola to be protected from wind, as well, from at least one side.
This next pergola from Austria differs slightly from the previous example. For once, this one is attached to a house and has a dedicated flooring underneath the entire area that pergola covers. The natural grey color of a pergola also fits nicely in the environment, contrasting with the almost completely white house it is attached to.
Another example of an attached pergola is in the Netherlands, and this one is not as different as the other two. One thing that’s important to mention – this image shows that the basic grey pergola color can also fit quite well with your regular red brick wall, and bricks is what this house is made of in the first place.
Not all of the examples here are shown in their final iteration, too, that’s why this pergola from Slovenia stands in the middle of what essentially looks like a small construction site. This grey pergola is also interesting because it utilizes the additional side covers of a pergola agava to protect everything under the pergola from both the weather and the possible construction debris that may or may not appear in the construction process.
Saying that grey pergolas are only fit for private houses is not true, either, which is cemented by this example from Slovenia. In this case a grey pergola of a relatively big size works as a cover for an outdoor area and is attached to a restaurant, making it obvious who these sitting places belong to. The addition of outdoor sitting areas for restaurants is always welcome, it’s basically more sitting places, at the very least – and there are other advantages, as well, for example the ability to lounge in the sunlight while eating your breakfast, or any other example, really.
As it was mentioned before, this natural grey color of a pergola comes from the original material that they’re made of – aluminum. Aluminum is a good choice as a pergola material for a number of reasons, including the improved durability, the very nature of aluminum as a material that requires little to no maintenance, and so on.
Of course, the original grey color of a pergola isn’t the only option available, you can choose from a variety of different colors when ordering your pergola agava, to find the one particular color that fits your exterior the most.
The very nature of a regular pergola doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have a solid roof over your head – or any sort of roof, in that regard. This is where various pergola covers come in, and there’s a big variety of those, too. For example, pergola covers can be made from cloth, wood, metal, plastic, or even the plants.
Our example in all of these cases is a regular pergola with a few beams instead of the complete roof. This is a relatively common pergola example that creates an outdoor area for a number of different purposes but has basically no protection from most of the harsher weather conditions like rain, snow, and so on.
All of the covered pergola ideas can be basically split in two big categories: the ones that provide shade (but are not completely waterproof), and the ones that are waterproof in the first place.
Pergola covers that focus on shade
Most of the cases in this category are much easier to install, but are less effective when it comes to protecting the insides of a pergola from something like heavy rain.
Our first idea of a pergola shade cover is to grow vines as a makeshift cover. While this idea, if treated right, can become a beautiful and functional addition to your pergola and your backyard, there are a number of potential problems that you have to keep in mind beforehand.
For example, most of the time vines and plants are not capable of protecting you from rain, so it’s all about shade. Even grape vines with a lot of foliage would be able to protect you from a medium-sized rain, at most. There’s also the fact that you’ll have to be careful with the plant of your choice, some of the vines that are fit as a pergola roof can be an outright nightmare to keep in the shape and the place you want it to be.
The next pergola cover in this category is a stationary canopy (heavy-duty outdoor fabric is the one that’s used the most in these cases). All of the examples below are DIY, of course, and require only a small amount of effort to install and use. There’s a few ways that you can attach your outdoor fabric to the pergola:
- Attach the fabric to the rafters from inside of a pergola;
- Attach the fabric to the pergola from the above without stretching it too much;
- Attach the fabric from above with pulling the fabric tight between the rafters.
There’s also another example of a pergola shade cover that can be put together with all of these stationary canopies, and it’s all about buying a pergola canopy kit. It’s relatively similar to the last method of working with a regular fabric as your canopy, the only difference is that this fabric would be much easier to attach to the sides of your pergola by using grommets from the canopy kit in question.
Since there is a stationary canopy, it’s only fair to mention that there are also retractable canopies that you can use. As with the stationary covered pergola ideas, retractable canopies can be either DIY (using any of the plethora of guides all over the internet) or by using the pre-made retractable canopy that you can buy in a handy kit that should make the installation process that much easier.
This concludes the list of pergola covers that are more about shade, and most of them are not waterproof at all. In this context it’s only logical to move on to the waterproof covers.
Waterproof pergola covers
One of the simplest choices for a waterproof pergola cover are shade sails, surprisingly enough. Using shade sail as your pergola cover would be able to create installation kit that’s sold separately from the shade sail itself most of the time. Shade sails themselves are made with the shade and rain protection in mind, that’s why they make a nice alternative as a pergola cover.
Another option when it comes to waterproof pergola covers is to attach an actual solid roof to your pergola, it can be made from tin, steel, plastic, wood, or a number of other materials. This option is somewhat more expensive than the previous ones, but it does provide a complete protection from the harsher weather conditions, and if you’ll make a small slope when installing your roof, then the water a waterproof cover for your pergola, but you’ll need to invest extra into the shade sail would not be staying on your roof, either.
All of the examples of pergola covers above have their own advantages and disadvantages, but all of them are suitable for your regular pergola nonetheless. Luckily enough, there is an option that doesn’t need covers in the first place, and it’s called pergola Agava.
Pergola Agava is a modern type of pergola that features an adjustable roof with rotating slats that can both provide you more sun and free air when you need it, and protect you from rain or snow if there’s a need in that – all thanks to the bioclimatic nature of the pergola Agava, among other advantages.
Throughout the years, there’s been a lot of different outdoor backyard structure types, each with different purposes, different meanings and various downsides. However, the very nature of an outdoor structure has always been about freestanding constructions. This is true for pergolas, as well – while there are a lot of different pergolas that can be attached to a house or other building, the freestanding pergola is the classic idea for this structure type.
Freestanding pergola represents the bare bones of the original outdoor structure idea – four goalposts and an adjustable roof, with no additional support from anything else. While this setup might seem like there’s not much to work with, there’s been a lot of different ways that people managed to utilize this pergola type. Next we’ll go over some of the examples of a freestanding pergola in different environments.
Our first example from Ljubljana is the simplest one out of all, it’s your regular freestanding pergola without anything else. The area inside of a pergola doesn’t even have a dedicated flooring to begin with. This structure is still capable of providing the basic pergola-related needs: capable of keeping shade at bay on sunny days, and protecting users from harsh weather conditions like rain.
Of course, the general idea of a pergola as a part of the backyard can be greatly enhanced by a number of things, as shown in this example from France. In this case a pergola is used as a cover for a specific recreational area near a small pond. You can also see a dedicated flooring for the area under a pergola, as well as comfortable sitting arrangements to enhance the general atmosphere.
Another example of free standing pergola plans is shown in the example above, depicting a backyard area in the Netherlands. In this case the pergola itself is equipped with side covers from three sides, so it’s capable of creating a space that’s far more protected from outside weather conditions than usual. This allows for a lot more use cases for a freestanding pergola, from your regular recreational area to something that’s basically another room outside of the house.
Free standing pergola plans are not single backyard-specific, either, there’s plenty of examples from different areas, as well, including the example above, showing the outdoor area in the Netherlands. In this case it’s an outdoor restaurant area that serves a multitude of purposes, including the overall expansion of the sitting area for clients, the modern pergola look and the ability to adapt to various weather conditions thanks to the changeable pergola agava roof.
One more example of a pergola utilized by a restaurant comes from Switzerland. As you see, there’s barely anything in terms of pergola customization, so the fresh air can freely come inside of a pergola, and the sitting arrangements are there to make the experience even more comfortable.
It’s important to mention that all of the examples above are featuring a special pergola type that’s made from aluminum. The utilization of such a material allows for a plethora of advantages, from the modern look of the structure, to the overall durability and the lack of maintenance work needed in general.
It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of outdoor structures that serve as a nice addition to one’s house or backyard. However, when it comes to specific structure types like pergolas, they can be either freestanding or attached to something. Most of the time pergolas that are attached to a house even serve as the house’s living space extension.
Any pergola attached to a house needs less structural support and is still capable of serving a lot of purposes, from the regular shade from the sun or protection from other weather conditions, to an outdoor resting area, and more. In this post we’ll go over some of the designs and plans for pergola attached to a house.
Starting off with a pergola attached to a house in Slovenia. This is probably one of the most basic designs, featuring only pergola itself and the flooring under it. With the addition of a few chairs and a table it can be quickly transformed to something like an outdoor dining area, for example. The easy access to the backyard in general is also welcome for house owners, as well.
Another example from one of the pergola plans attached to a house is shown above, featuring a house in Austria. This one is also your pergola attached to house with little to no additions or customization – but it does feature some sort of a low fence from stone, distinguishing the area under this pergola from the rest of the backyard. In this case a pergola is also used in the outside lighting system, too.
Moving on to examples with more customizations, we have one attached pergola in Hungary. This one’s main purpose is obviously an outdoor resting area, with a lot of sitting area and a table. It also utilizes the side sliding panels for a pergola to create at least partial cover from things like sun and rain to the sitting area under this particular pergola.
Another example of a pergola designs attached to house comes from Austria, featuring a pergola with glass sliding panels. Glass walls are an original choice for your outside resting area, allowing all of the sun and none of the rain and other weather conditions inside.
Saying that pergolas can only be attached to singular houses is quite unfair, since this is also often used by restaurants and other establishments with similar purpose, like in this example from Slovenia. Having a pergola attached to your restaurant allows you to create an additional outdoor sitting area on the terrace with customizable levels of coverage from above and from the sides, enhancing customer experience even more.
It’s also necessary to mention that all of the pergola examples above are made from aluminum, which is a pergola material with many advantages. Those advantages are durability, the overall nice modern look of the structure, the low maintenance efforts, and so on.
Outdoor structures in general have changed drastically quite a few times in history, and there are a lot of different types and variations of those. You can have a gazebo, an arbor, a patio, a pergola, and more. Pergola specifically is a structure that extends your home’s living space and is capable of providing shelter from wind, sun, rain and so on.
Outdoor living spaces are growing more and more popular with each year, and this means that there’s a lot of variation when it comes to pergolas and their general purpose. For example, a lot of them can be classified as garden pergolas, since it’s not uncommon for a pergola to exist in the backyard or in a garden behind the client’s house.
To meet the demands of customers with different garden styles, there are a variety of garden pergola designs and ideas, to be able to blend in to any environment whatsoever. Next we’ll go over a few of the examples of garden pergola ideas and designs.
The pergola from above is the most basic example of a garden pergola in general, there’s a specific area that this pergola covers, and this area benefits from all of the advantages that come with pergola agava. The basic color palette helps with not standing out too much, and the entire area underneath can be utilized for a number of purposes, from the resting and recreational area to the standalone dining area.
Another example of a garden pergola from aluminum is shown above. This one is attached to a house and blends in quite well with the color of the house’s roof. That kind of placement allows house owners easy access to a variety of gardening tools on a quick notice. One more difference between other garden pergola ideas and this one is a simple wooden sitting area for temporary rest.
Of course, having a concrete floor under your garden pergola is not a requirement, as you can see in the example above. This particular garden pergola design is freestanding, allowing for a lot of fresh air and sun. In case of a sudden weather change, a roof of this small garden pergola can always be adjusted to keep the owners from some of the harsh weather conditions while still letting the fresh atmosphere to stay.
Some people are more in favor of treating free space under a garden pergola as a standalone dining space. This example above is a garden pergola from aluminum, and it’s also utilizing the additional covers on the sides to protect the dining area inside from uncomfortable weather conditions like rain, cold wind, and so on. This kind of a garden pergola design allows clients to enjoy a clear view of their garden (or backyard) while dining or resting under this pergola.
Not all of the garden pergolas have to blend in to begin with. This example above shows the garden of a house in Netherlands that uses an original color of a garden pergola from metal to make the entire scenery look more modern. The area inside of such garden pergola designs can be utilized for a variety of reasons, from the basic shelter from rain or sun to the full-blown lounge area or the storage place for various gardening tools and appliances.
One more example of a slightly different pergola design comes from France, with even more unusual scenery. In this example of a small garden pergola, both the color and the design are made to stand out in the first place. This kind of approach creates this otherworldly feeling to the entire area, complete with the wooden floor, the comfortable lounge area, as well as the view on the small pond near the pergola.
It’s important to mention that all of the examples above are utilizing the specific pergola agava made from aluminum. Such specific choice of a construction material is intentional due to a lot of the benefits that come from using it, from the overall modern look to the lack of corrosion and other effects of materials aging, as well as the general independence from the regular maintenance jobs.