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Pergola Design and Construction
By HomeCentrl on Mar 05, 2012
Pergolas have been around for a very long time and the first mention dates back to around 1645.
"A pergola, arbor or arbour is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building, or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pergola)
There are three basic styles of pergolas.
Freestanding such as shown below.
Freestanding but next to a building.
Attached to a building as an extension.
The style that you choose will depend on your property and what you are planning to use your outdoor area for.
All pergolas are constructed with posts and beams yet how they are attached together has some options. The methods shown below are the easiest and you could always choose to have a timber framed pergola constructed. This of course will give your project a totally handcrafted look.
Some great examples of timber framed pergolas from some of my friends in PA and VT.
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