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Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Pergola Design: How to Choose Your Building Material

    Have you decided that you want a pergola, but haven’t yet decided on which material to use? There are several things you should consider when making a decision about what material to use in your pergola design. The material you choose can be the single biggest factor that will affect the overall effect, success and long-term use of your pergola. Let’s take a look at some of the factors you should keep in mind when it comes to selecting your pergola material. Continue reading

  • Pergola Kits: Why You Will Benefit From a Custom Solution

    Pergola kits, customizable kits that include retractable shades, are building a strong reputation as the most convenient and user-friendly of the market’s high-end pergola options. Given their preeminence as a home improvement solution, let’s take a look at some of the details and associated benefits of pergola kits. Continue reading

  • Pergola Design: Attached vs. Freestanding

    When finalizing the specs of a new pergola design, one consideration should become rather prominent in your decision-making, whether to incorporate a freestanding or attached pergola into your outdoor space. Both types of pergola can bring interesting and dynamic notes to your pergola design and enhance the look, feel and style of your home. Continue reading

  • Outdoor Kitchens: The Next Big Thing in Outdoor Living

    You may have heard some of the recent buzz on outdoor kitchens. For some of you, it may seem like an outlandish idea, but the truth is that the outdoor kitchens of today are as complex, detailed and full-service as any modern indoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens can be serviced by full plumbing and electricity and essentially have all the amenities of indoor kitchens, but with the fresh air of the outdoors. Continue reading

  • Pergola Canopies: Topside vs. Underside Shade Covers

    Pergolas do a lot of things. They look good. They define a space, and often times they support items that make outdoor living more comfortable. Depending on how ‘loaded’ your pergola is will help you determine if you need a topside mounted canopy system or not.

    For example, in the south, fans are a popular item to add to a pergola. In the north, radiant heaters are a favorite. No matter where they are located, speakers, light fixtures, bug zappers, flat screen TV’s have all made a place for themselves under the rafters of a pergola. Continue reading

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