Pergola Designs that Enhance your Outdoor Experience - 7 Perfect Pergolas

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, February 2018
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

 Pergola on Stone Terrace

Pergola on Stone Terrace

"I love pergolas. They give shade and add detail and interest to any structure although, I have to admit, there is no pergola which is perfect for all situations."

We sometimes create free-standing pergolas, however most are connected to a home or outbuilding. Materials for posts and beams can either match the larger structure or be completely different creating a contrast. If plants are allowed and encouraged to grow over the structure, care should be taken to choose durable materials and finishes. If the pergola is to be painted, vines may need to be cut back for maintenance.

When designing a pergola, it is critically important that the structure be able to withstand the loads of vines covered with ice or snow as-well-as the forces created by crosswinds. We always have an engineer check our designs for structural capacity in the worst weather.

In addition to providing shade, a pergola can create an entrance or emphasize a path.  A garden entry is a perfect spot for the perfect pergola.

 Dining Pergola

Dining Pergola

 Pool House Pergola

Pool House Pergola

 Vine Covered Pergola

Vine Covered Pergola

 Outdoor Dining Pergola

Outdoor Dining Pergola

 Pool Pergola

Pool Pergola

 Twin Pool House Pergolas

Twin Pool House Pergolas

Photography by Rob Karosis