When most homeowners think of a pergola, a standard, slatted backyard shade structure with open sides comes to mind.  Pergolas, however, are an extremely versatile outdoor addition and can be planned, built or altered to suit any home or garden.

Fan Shaped Pergola with Round Columns by Archadeck

Fan Shaped Pergola with Round Columns by Archadeck

Pergolas can be constructed from natural wood or man-made synthetic materials and designed as an attachment to your home or as an entirely separate, free-standing unit.

A pergola might be a small and unobtrusive addition to a secluded garden getaway or a welcoming, grand and impressive gateway to your home’s front door entryway.

And combined with a deck, patio or other outdoor space, pergolas make an aesthetic impact while providing shade, shelter and a sense of privacy too.

A pergola is a beautiful complement to any garden space and can provide the physical structure to support an overhead garden too — hanging baskets, plants, flowers or creeping vines.

Free Standing Wooden Garden Pergola by Archadeck

Free Standing Wooden Garden Pergola by Archadeck

A pergola will unite, connect and define your other outdoor spaces.

When attached to a home, deck, doorway or even a garage, a pergola adds architectural interest with a hefty dose of shade.  Added layers of sun protection can be achieved with a multi-tiered pergola design or a pergola with solar panels.

Attached Partial Deck Pergola by Archadeck

Attached Partial Deck Pergola by Archadeck

Pergolas can be compact and simple or extra large extending the length of a backyard deck or your entire home for that matter.

Large Attached Deck Pergola by Archadeck

Large Attached Deck Pergola by Archadeck

Poolside pergolas are a hit for swimmers and onlookers alike. And of course, everyone loves a patio pergola for shade and style.

Attached Pergola over Patio by Archadeck

Attached Pergola over Patio by Archadeck

Pergolas can truly create an ‘outdoor room’ by covering a cooking, dining or lounging spot.

Large Wooden Pergola Creates an Outdoor Dining Room, project by Archadeck

Large Wooden Pergola Creates an Outdoor Dining Room, project by Archadeck

Next Steps?

If you’d like to explore more pergola design ideas, just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  There you’ll see photo galleries, an online inquiry form, a video and free download for Archadeck’s design guide as well as social media links to our Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz pages.

If you’d like to talk to a contractor and you reside in the St. Louis Missouri region, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County and serve the entire Greater St. Louis region including St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois too.

We’d love to answer your questions and meet with you whenever you’re ready – 636.227.0800.

Space Defining Pergola for Outdoor Kitchen and Dining, by Archadeck, St. Louis West County

Space Defining Pergola for Outdoor Kitchen and Dining, by Archadeck of West County and St. Charles County in St. Louis Mo

Outside of St. Louis?  Visit archadeck.com to find other owners and offices, nationwide.

Sources:  Landscaping Network, eHow, Better Homes and Gardens, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadeck Central Iowa, Archadeck Chester County, Archadeck South Central Carolina

Entryway Pergola by Archadeck

Entryway Pergola by Archadeck

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