For thousands of years, gardeners have used pergolas to define and beautify outdoor spaces. Although traditional pergolas are often minimalistic, modern styles reflect new trends. Moreover, search the internet and you’ll find many distinct and fresh enclosed pergola ideas.
Yet, choosing options from among all the different ideas can be overwhelming. Certainly, Structurally Speaking can help you maximize your outdoor space by creating a unique and custom enclosed structure. We can help you choose the right materials and design to get the most use out of your backyard.
What Is A Pergola?
Although pergolas are generally permanent structures, portable metal-framed pergolas also exist. All portable pergolas offer a canopy for shade and some also have netting for protection from bugs. However, portable pergolas are about convenience rather than adding value or beauty to a home.
Traditionally, pergolas are a basic structure. Freestanding or attached to the house, pergolas consist of columns supporting an open roof of beams and rafters. Often, homeowners grow vines to form a canopy over their backyard pergola for extra shade in the summer. Bougainvillea, wisteria, trumpet creepers, and climbing roses are very popular choices.
While climbing plants are pretty and great at blocking the sun, they don’t provide much protection against the rain. Moreover, you’ll have a lot of cleaning up to do once the plants start dropping their leaves. Plus, while traditional pergolas are an elegant addition to any yard, they offer no protection from insects.
Some Good Reasons To Enclose Your Pergola
Due to lockdown orders, many homeowners are looking for more ways to extend their living space. Similar to enclosing a porch, you may want to enclose your pergola to provide more room. An enclosed structure affords more protection against insects and bad weather. Thus, you’ll add more usable space to your home to use however you want:
- Dining area
- Living room
- Home office
- Entertainment area
With the addition of screens or windows, you’ll also have more privacy. Furthermore, depending on the materials you choose, you may be able to use your enclosed structure all year round. Plus, you’ll add value to your home.
Some Enclosed Pergola Ideas To Consider
Now that you’ve decided to begin your home improvement project, it’s time to explore some enclosed pergola ideas. Notably, the choices and styles for enclosing your structure are virtually unlimited. You can choose from several different types of roofs, and curtains, screens, or windows for the sides. Thus, it’s best to begin by deciding on how you’re planning on using your new space.
For example, roofing materials include metals like copper, aluminum, tin, or steel. Additionally, you can choose to install louvers to adjust the amount of shade. Louvers also provide excellent protection from the rain. However, if you are looking for something more cost-effective, you can choose from fiberglass, acrylic, or fabric.
Next, you need to decide on the material for the sides of your enclosed space. While curtains are the most cost-effective choice, screens and windows provide more protection from the elements.
Generally, curtains offer shade, privacy, and some protection from insects. Moreover, fabric panels are water repellant, fade, and mildew resistant. With plenty of colors to choose from, you can match any decor.
Alternately, screens provide more protection against bugs. Additionally, screens keep your enclosed area cleaner requiring less maintenance. You won’t have to worry about sweeping leaves, twigs, and other debris from your outdoor living space.
Finally, choosing windows allows for year-round use of your space. By enclosing your space with windows, you can include climate control for optimal comfort.
FAQs Regarding Enclosing A Structure
Undertaking any home improvement project typically generates many questions. We’ve answered many of our most commonly asked ones below.
What Will My Project Cost?
One of the greatest benefits of working with Structurally Speaking is our unique designs. Jim Brennan, our owner, personally meets with each new client to develop a design that meets your needs and budget. Moreover, Jim considers your home’s architecture, color theme, and yard for a seamless look.
Since each project is unique, prices will vary accordingly. The size, style, materials, and amenities of your planned enclosure all influence your final price. Thus, we recommend you set up an appointment for our free no-obligation consultation.
Unlike other contractors, we offer at least 2 design recommendations. We show you each design on a laptop for 3-D clarity of elevation and viewpoints. Moreover, to ensure your satisfaction, Jim will continue to adjust your design until you’re completely satisfied.
Do I Need A Permit?
While local building codes can be difficult to navigate, their enactment serves to protect the public’s health and safety. Obtaining a building permit and final certificate of occupancy ensures your structure meets existing laws. Even home owners’ associations can dictate the appearance of an enclosed structure.
However, when you hire a local contractor, you don’t have to worry about setback restrictions, zoning ordinances, or permits. Structurally Speaking is a local contractor that will handle all necessary paperwork quickly and efficiently. We’ll design and build an outdoor structure within existing rules that meets your needs and budget.
Can You Build Other Outdoor Structures?
Structurally Speaking specializes in building unique, outdoor structures. We can design and construct decks, pergolas, hot tub decks, as well as enclosing these structures. Our designs are always particular to your needs and budget. Furthermore, in addition to our personalized approach, we offer competitive pricing and expert project management.
So, why spend another day dreaming of your beautiful new enclosed pergola? Call us today at 919-786-4825 to set up your free consultation.