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Pergola Parties

Published Date: Jul 22, 2013

Whether it’s on a beach, a desert oasis or by a pool, there’s something cozy and inviting about a pergola. Shady shelters for reading, picnicking, conversation and more are fast becoming big attractions in outdoor living systems everywhere, including your own backyard. Large or small, pergolas add a function and stylish touch to any setting.

Paver pool deck with water feature, paving stone patio with outdoor dining, pergola and paver steps with lighting

If you have one over your patio, you can set up some chairs, folding or bean bag, and create a shady room to mingle with friends, while making that hard surface more usable. Or if you don't have the budget or space for a permanent pergola, grab an umbrella, throw down a blanket, and enjoy some daytime dreaming time.

Yet another great use for outdoor pergolas is that they can protect your buffet. Not everyone has enough kitchen space to have guests all eat indoors. So, go for a picnic instead! A pergola provides an extended living area in your yard and creates a great space for buffet tables and drink stations while keeping the sun off your cold drinks and fresh foods.

paver patio with BBQ island and outdoor dining, pergola and composite decking stairs

Beyond being functional, pergolas add a touch of sophistication to backyards, just as they do five-star resorts. Today’s options include a wide variety of styles and sizes. They can be fully covered or offer partial shade. Some can even be adjusted as the direction of the sun changes in your yard. For ideas on what size, shapes and colors would work in your yard or view our pergola portfolio for ideas that could work in your yard.

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