Sun-dappled pergolas are excellent places for afternoon entertaining or peaceful morning coffee. If you’ve heard the word, but you’re not quite sure exactly what makes a pergola a pergola, you’re in good company! Many people aren’t familiar with this term, but it’s no reason to miss out on this fantastic option. If you’re considering upgrades to your outdoor space, a pergola may be just the right feature to expand your living space and express your style.
At Peacock and Company, we create stunning remodel and addition results throughout South Bend, Indiana. Our services include interior remodels, additions, decks, porches, and pergolas. Our comprehensive perspective makes us neighborhood experts in many residential remodeling options. We'd love to hear from you if you’re considering outdoor upgrades in the Michiana area.
What is a Pergola?
We’re pleased to use our years of experience to walk you through the ins and outs of building a pergola. A pergola is a structure with support pillars and crossbeams attached to another structure. Unlike other outdoor structures, like gazebos or covered porches, there is no roof between the beams. Pergolas are popular because they are relatively easy to build and attach to a pre-existing structure. A pergola can be a quick assembly or a showpiece depending on your selection. The pergola above features electrical wiring to run a ceiling fan and a custom stone patio below. Most pergolas are wood but vary in design, complexity, and size. Pergolas can be curved or square and feature ornate woodwork or a simple design.
Why Should I Build a Pergola?
We admit that we’re biased, but we think building a pergola is a great idea. A pergola is a great design option for your exterior facelift. Here are some reasons to consider adding a pergola:
Transition Space- Pergolas create a gentle transition from indoors to out. It allows for a mix of shade and sunlight so that you can enjoy your outdoor spaces on sunny days but also allows for plenty of sun to keep your plants happy.
Protection- A pergola protects your home from the elements by providing shelter from the wind and rain.
Curb Appeal- Pergolas look fantastic. These gorgeous structures can be customized to get the look and style that elevates your home and kicks up your curb appeal.
Defined Area- Pergolas can be serene entertaining spaces. Stage cozy seating or tuck away a dining table to make the most of the area under your pergola.
Vertical Gardening- lounge under a lush canopy of vines and show off your green thumb.
Places to Put a Pergola
There are more places to place your pergola than you’d think. They’re not just for back porches and decks! (Although pergolas are an excellent upgrade to porches and decks.) There’s nothing like a poolside pergola or an outdoor eating awning! A pergola might look great on the front of your house or added to an outbuilding or gazebo.
How Much Does it Cost to Build A Pergola?
The price of a pergola will depend on its size, the complexity of the design, and the materials you choose. Most pergolas cost between $5,000 and $20,000. In addition to creating functional and defined outdoor space, you will recoup some of your investment if you decide to sell. Your return on investment for outdoor structures like a pergola is 50-80%.
Ideas for Decorating a Pergola
Let vining plants do their thing! Plant them along the pillars and watch them climb and spiral. Reap the benefits of their shade and enjoy their blooms. In South Bend, we recommend planting climate-hearty perennials by your pergolas. Our favorites include:
Fill the gaps with canvas and curtains! Use gauzy curtains or sturdy canvas options to create more shape and defined space. Choose weatherproof fabrics that accentuate your design or sheer colored fabrics that filter the light and set the mood.
Use your vertical space! Your pillars provide great places to display outdoor art and smartly store items you frequently use, such as shovels or barbeque tongs.
Let it hang! The rafters in a pergola provide lots of places for you to secure items to hang over your entertaining space. Use strings of light or smartly placed solar lights to keep the party going when the sun goes down. Wind chimes, hanging baskets, or kinetic art express your style from above.
We Build the Best in South Bend!
We would love to talk to you about your pergola or other remodeling projects if you live within the South Bend Area. The team at Peacock and Company has the expertise and experience to deliver stunning results for your Michiana area remodel or addition. Give us a call today or reach out to get started!
We are looking forward to building something fantastic with you!