First in this series “Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas,” we’ll discuss pergolas.  And not just any-ole-pergola but instead, spectacular design variations — traditionally classic, to cool and contemporary, to one-of-a-kind customization.

From a garden or patio pergola to a pergola for a deck, these outdoor structures are fabulously functional AND fashionable!

Deck Pergolas by Archadeck

Deck Pergolas by Archadeck

Patio Pergolas by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

Patio Pergolas by Archadeck of West County in St. Louis Mo

So whether you have ideas of your own or you’re looking for guidance, here are inspirational designs to get you started when it comes to adding a pergola to your backyard.

Pergolas for Function — Shade and Definition

Shade

A little sunshine is good for the mind, body and spirit.  But at some point, everyone is ready to seek-out a respite from the heat.  A backyard shade structure provides an open and airy gathering spot to escape direct sun without heading indoors.

Perfect for a pool, a shade pergola invites swimmers and onlookers to dry-off and gather nearby.  Or how about a grilling station or outdoor kitchen?  The chef needs some shade too.

Shade Pergola for a Backyard Pool and Outdoor Kitchen by Archadeck

Shade Pergola for a Backyard Pool and Outdoor Kitchen by Archadeck

And for the ultimate in backyard shade, did you know you can add extra shade features to a pergola?  For an all-natural sun-blocker, use hanging plants or creeping vines; however, this type of bonus protection lasts only while the plants are growing.

A more permanent method is to use a cloth canopy, louvered slats, decorative metal sheets or a solar panel to ‘top off’ your pergola plans.  Each strategy not only adds shade, it will add a whole new look too — dimension, color and texture!

Pergola with Cloth Canopy by Archadeck

Pergola with Cloth Canopy by Archadeck

Pergola with Decorative Metal Panel by Archadeck

Pergola with Decorative Metal Panel by Archadeck

Pergolas with Solar Panels, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck in St. Louis

Pergolas with Solar Panels, St. Charles Mo by Archadeck in St. Louis

Definition

Do you have a beautiful flower garden, an existing patio or are you building a brand new deck?  A pergola can be an excellent extension for defining the areas outside of your home as an outdoor room.

Garden Pergolas by Archadeck

Garden Pergolas by Archadeck

Partial Deck Pergola to Define Seating Area, by Archadeck

Partial Deck Pergola to Define Seating Area, by Archadeck

Pergolas for Fashion

Want to go-all-out with your pergola design?   Specialty pergolas with custom curves, interesting shapes and other intricacies will take your backyard shade-structure to a whole-new-level.  For instance:

A slight variation of a square or rectangle is a triangular structure, often called a fan pergola.  These can be ideal for small spaces or used to frame-out a corner.  Oh, it’s a perfect place to add a swing too!

Corner Deck Fan Pergola with Swing by Archadeck

Corner Deck Fan Pergola with Swing by Archadeck

Or how about curvatures?  Curving inward?  Curving outward?  What’s your fancy?

Curved Pergola by Archadeck

Curved Pergola by Archadeck

Curved Patio Pergola, Wildwood Mo by Archadeck in St. Louis

Curved Patio Pergola, Wildwood Mo by Archadeck in St. Louis

If, however,  you prefer a masculine look for your outdoor space, consider a pergola with multiple tiers, heavy columns or stonework.

Timber Pergola Designed with Multiple Tiers by Archadeck

Timber Pergola Designed with Multiple Tiers by Archadeck

Pergola with Heavy Columns and Stonework by Archadeck

Pergola with Heavy Columns and Stonework by Archadeck

And one more thing.  Did you know that a pergola can enhance an entryway and your front yard too?  Take a look.

Entryway Pergolas by Archadeck

Entryway Pergolas by Archadeck

Key Takeaways

Small, medium or large and designed in any shape or built from most any material, a backyard pergola can be loaded with style and function.  As a versatile structure, the pergola is a must-have feature to complement a garden, patio or deck.  And will it add value to your home?  You bet!

Dream big because your backyard IS a blank canvas!

Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas by Archadeck

Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas by Archadeck, Graphic Design by Matthew Victor, St. Louis Mo

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And then, when you’re ready to talk to a St. Louis deck builder, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County – Ellisville.  Please call us anytime – 636-227-0800.

Outside of St. Louis, visit archadeck.com or call 888-687-3325.

Sources

Archadeck Outdoor Living, Express Sunrooms, Top 15 Home Improvements – HGTV, thinkglick.com, Do It Yourself, Parasoleil; Archadecks in Austin TX, West Rhode Island, The Foothills in Colorado, Cape Fear, Nova Scotia, Chicago IL, Central Georgia, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Piedmont Triad

Graphic design for ‘Your Backyard Is A Blank Canvas’ by Matthew Victor.  (You may contact Matt by email at mtvictor00@gmail.com.)  Matt has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is currently completing a second degree in graphic design.