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Traditional Pergola with Columns by Archadeck

Traditional Pergola with Columns by Archadeck

More prominent than an arbor, less ornate than a gazebo, and less expensive than a screened porch, a pergola may be the perfect outdoor structure for your home, backyard and budget.

Pergolas can be large or small, subtle or grand, classic or contemporary, attached to your home’s deck or a free-standing design for a patio, pathway or garden.

No matter the size, shape or style, pergolas are a ‘space-defining’ structure for an outdoor living space.

Free Standing Pergola with Privacy Screen by Archadeck

Free Standing Pergola by Archadeck

Pergolas are popular because they create an ‘outdoor room’ effect by designating a conversation area and gathering spot.

The enclosed ‘feel’ of a pergola can be further embellished with a trellis, railings, privacy screen, vines or hanging plants.

And pergolas are versatile too.

A pergola may be a simple overhead structure or an elaborate backyard centerpiece and focal-point. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wood Pergolas and Decks, by Archadeck

Wood Pergola and Deck by Archadeck

The images of relaxing at home, on your deck, inside a screened porch or gazebo or under a pergola is… well, relaxing and peaceful.

Outdoor living spaces are often the best escapes for reading, napping, dining, or congregating with family and friends.  And pergolas, in particular, are an excellent way to economically turn an outdoor area into an outdoor room.

In St. Louis, pergolas have gained popularity for backyard building by adding shade, charm, design definition, and dollar value to your property.  New generation, low maintenance building products and design creativity have also added to the appeal of a pergola.

Considerations for designing a pergola: Read the rest of this entry »

Decks with Shade Pergolas by Archadeck

Shade Pergola for a Deck by Archadeck

When it comes to our weather, St. Louis is often called ‘the land of the four seasons’.

And it’s not uncommon for St. Louisians to experience ‘all four seasons’ in the span of one week!

One day folks might be wearing snow boots and the next day, backyard BBQ’s are happening.

Really… it’s true.

Of course, we have some dreary and cold days; however, by and large, St. Louis is filled with sunshine during all four-seasons.

But by now you’re probably thinking, “What does all this weather-talk have to do with pergolas?”

Well, anyone who lives in our area can attest our weather can be downright crazy at times; subsequently, homeowners living ‘in this neck of the woods’ definitely take weather into account when considering outdoor home improvements including shade options. Read the rest of this entry »

Pergolas, St. Charles Mo, Archadeck

Free-Standing Pergola in Lake St. Louis, St. Charles County by Archadeck

As temperatures rise with the heat of St. Louis summers, pergolas can be an eye-catching centerpiece for your outdoor living space while adding shade to your deck, patio or yard.

Adding a pergola transforms backyard space, providing artistic appeal, style and comfort for being outdoors.

A few key pergola ‘take-aways’ include:

Pergolas can be constructed in any size and in many shapes and colors.

Pergolas can be free-standing or used in combination with decks:  platform decks, raised deck or multi-level decks.

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