pergola design you would like to build in your yard, keep in mind how the roof will look from all sight lines. Consider too, just how much shade you want it to provide and what is the best placement for you to take advantage of that shade from all possible sunshine angles. It can be quite easy to overlook the many details of your pergola roof but you really don’t want to fall into that trap!
In the photo above this redwood pergola rafters and slats are the
same two inch width. This provides a uniform square pattern on the
ground that is very appealing to the eye in combination with the
concrete pavers. The slats are also placed quite close together to
increase the shaded areas. While increasing the slat and or rafter count
will increase the overall costs of the pergola, if the ultimate goal is
to cool off a particularly hot and sunny spot, then it will be worth
the small increase.
You should also put up some construction stakes and line to give
yourself a preview of what your pergola will look like before you get
started. If you have a two story house you want to get an idea of what a
view like the one above would look like. Will the pergola roof block or
distract from any existing views that you want to keep? What about your
nearest neighbors? If there are no local home owner’s or permitting
rules instructing you on height or view blocking limitations, you should
still be a courteous neighbor and try not to build anything that will
be an eyesore.
Finally, you should go an sit out where you want to build your
pergola if the area is to be designed for seating. Look around you and
see what your views will be like. Look up and see who is potentially
looking down on you! What will the wind be like in that spot? Will you
perhaps want to put up a partial lattice wall on any particular side for
either privacy or wind protection?
If you take the time to think about
all these little details you will be even more happy with the pergola
design you choose. Better to layout and preview your pergola plan twice, and only build it once than the other way around!
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