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Calgary Pergola Builders

A pergola is an outdoor garden feature.  It is vertical posts that support cross-beams and often includes lattice work on the top or sides.  This is a striking addition to a landscape that draws the viewers attention.  The basic idea is to provide an area with a bit of shade for family or friends to gather.  They come in a number of different designs and even colors.  The area is perfect for entertaining or for a private area for relaxation.

Pergola Benefits

calgary-pergolaAs mentioned, a pergola will add shade to your patio, deck, or walkway.  It will still allow that open feel and allow the breeze to move through but will keep you out of direct sun.  It can actually lower the temperature by 10 or 15 degrees.  This means outdoor activities including dining are more comfortable during the summer months.  Pergolas are simpler and, in some ways, more elegant than a gazebo.

Pergolas can be built to any dimensions.  They average around 10 X 18 feet to provide enough room for a hot tub or furniture.  They can be constructed over a deck, a patio, or a walkway.  There are a number of materials to choose from including cedar, treated wood or PVC decking.  Each has advantages and deterrents and we are happy to explain the elements to you.

Depending on your taste and where the pergola is erected, you can add curtains for some privacy or you can have flowering vines grow through the latticework or up the support poles.  Another alternative is to have hanging pots on the overhead beams.  They can also be made with a full or retractable roof.

Freestanding Pergolas

Some pergolas are freestanding like those that line a walkway or path.  In that case small benches can be incorporated into the design to allow for a resting place or to simply sit and enjoy the environment.  These frequently have flowering or fruit producing vines for the aesthetic effect.

Others can be attached to a house or integrated with the main structure of the building.  They are also popular additions to decks or patios.  In the case of a patio, the posts can be set directly into the ground or on concrete.

For a commercial concern, a pergola can be added to a patio in an office park.  This will give employees a convenient place to spend break time, opportunity for a casual conversation, or team building activities.

At Project Landscape our designers have years of experience working with materials and building pergolas and other structures.  We have created lasting relationships and can assist you with your next outdoor project.  We use in-house, skilled craftsmen to provide you with the finished product you want within  your budget.

Contact us to arrange a convenient appointment for us to look at the area where you want to add a pergola.  At that time we can also review our portfolio of completed projects to provide ideas.  As the conversation continues we can discuss material type, other options, and budget.

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The Benefits of Having a Pergola

Many homeowners have realized that extending their living spaces outdoors offers a great deal of enjoyment. Adding the right kind of landscaping will make your property more valuable for your immediate use and at the time of resale. A simple way to improve the outdoor usability is the addition of a pergola. Calgary pergola builders have realised this for some time and now you can understand why.

The Benefits of Having a Pergola

benefits of pergola calgaryIf you already have a deck and/or patio, you understand the fun of spending time in the outdoors with family and friends, or just a quiet time for yourself. You may have found yourself wishing for a little less summer sun. That is where a pergola comes in handy. With careful design and installation, you can have just the right amount of shade to make the day bearable. Some can be constructed with a retractable cover that will give more shade and even protect from light rain.

Interior designers can easily become exterior designers when working with a pergola. It is the ideal vehicle for lighting options from fairy lights to a chandelier. Add some speakers and you are ready for a party. If the area you live in is prone to period without a breeze, check with us to see if you can include a ceiling fan. Yes, installed on the upper area of a pergola, this fan will give you the air movement necessary to turn a stuffy afternoon or evening into a delight.

They will also offer you a degree of privacy. While it is still an open structure, it can obscure the view from other homes or apartments placed a little too close or that have an overview of your property. You can improve the privacy by adding drapes, latticework or screens to the sides of the pergola.

If you have a green thumb and are running out of space for in ground plantings, think about climbers like roses, ivy, wisteria, or grapevines. They will intertwine in the wood and give you an upward garden. If you prefer to have a place for your indoor plants during the temperate months but don’t want to constantly dig and remove, use hanging baskets. They will suspend from the pergola and enjoy the outdoors along with you.

If you don’t currently have a deck or patio, a pergola will define an entertainment area, lounging space, or dining location.

If a pergola sounds like something you would be interested in, contact us at Project Landscape. We have a number of options at very affordable prices. There are a variety of materials to choose from including pre-treated wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. We will be happy to come to your home to evaluate the lay of the land, existing landscaping and proximity to your house. They can be attached to an existing deck, or be made freestanding. After consultation, we are sure we can come to an agreement on just the right design for your needs. We have specialists ready to help you.