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4 Handy Curved Pergola Design Tips

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A curved pergola design can be a functional and aesthetic addition to the outdoor space of any home. Whether you like to entertain friends and family or you enjoy relaxing by yourself, these spaces have endless uses. An incorrect design, however, can lead to the space being unusable or unsuitable for your needs. This is why it is essential that you have an understanding of the basics surrounding pergola construction, and we hope the following tips will help you out.

1. Freestanding

This is the most common type of pergola designs and is also the most flexible (in terms of their placement). They can be installed anywhere on your property, from a secluded corner to beside the pool. To ensure that the structure remains sound, it will need to rest upon four sturdy posts and be built using durable materials. These pergolas can be erected in a variety of shapes, from rectangular or square to hexagonal or any shape you can dream of. There is much more freedom in the design.

2. Attached

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This is the second most common type of pergola and is becoming quite commonplace in residential areas. They are often considered easier to build, as they use an existing wall as support. One end of the structure is anchored by the support wall (such as your home or garage) and the other end is secured in place with posts. It is important, however, that the design complement or match the support building. It should, for example, be the same colour and be constructed using similar materials.

3. Embellishment

Many people like to dress up their curved pergola designs through the addition of embellishments, such as climbing plants. The presence of flowering plants, for example, can soften the overall look of the structure (especially if it is quite big). Hanging baskets could also be added to the rafters if you would prefer to leave the posts free. Some people also choose to hang wind chimes, swinging chairs, patio furniture and outdoor drapes to improve the aesthetic appeal of the space.

4. Basics

Whilst timber is a popular material for the construction of pergolas, it does have a tendency to warp and shrink. It is for this reason that we recommend metals and polycarbonates as construction materials. You should also ensure that your design doesn’t exceed that of your windows, as this can block natural sunlight from getting into your home. If you must have a taller structure, ensure that the rafters on the roof are spaced more widely apart so that some sunlight can pass through.

If you are interested in curved pergolas designs, we hope that the above tips provide you with a basic understanding of their construction. Before employing a contractor, determine whether a freestanding or attached pergola will best meet your needs. Embellishments can be decided on at a later date, as they can often be added without alterations to the construction. If you would like a swinging chair, however, be sure to speak with your contractor.

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