It’s always the right season to install a pergola in your yard. It’s a great investment in your home if you’re planning on selling as it creates the feeling of an extra room in your garden. Even if you’re not planning on moving any time soon, you’ll find that having a pergola in your yard brings a lot of joy to you and your family. There’s a whole range of ways that you can use the space under your pergola from formal outdoor dining to a cosy fire pit surrounding, so the real choice that faces you is not whether to get a pergola or not, but how you want to design your brand new outdoor space.
Getting Creative With Your Pergola
There is a classic vision that comes to many people’s mind when they hear the word ‘pergola’. It tends to be the Italianate pergola with climbing vines providing shade and a rustic dining table underneath for the entire family to sit around. While this may be the aesthetic you’re looking for, more and more pergola owners choose a modern pergola design. These modern pergola design ideas should get your creative juices going:
- Eternal fire pit – the idea of a fire pit can often feel onerous as you need to build the fire each night and assign someone to oversee it to make sure it doesn’t go out. A modern twist on the fire pit is to choose one that connects to your main gas supply from the house. This means that you can start the fire in an instant, control the height and the heat of the flames and turn it off as soon as you’re done. You won’t have to worry about smoke or fuel supplies, and you can make the fire pit the centrepiece of your modern pergola design.
- Luxurious hot tub – hot tubs are a popular choice for pergola owners when the space is in a private area of the yard. Make sure there’s space for loungers and armchairs nearby for those who don’t want to get wet, or who overheat. It’s always a good idea to invest heavily in your hot tub to get all the right features and to get enough space so that you can entertain multiple guests at your leisure.
- BBQ/Bar combo – finally, consider an alternative way to entertain your guests. Instead of the usual dining table, install an L shaped bar (complete with alcohol storage and enough tall bar stools for your guests!) with a barbeque to one side. This modern setup allows you to serve up simple bar food like burgers and steak sandwiches while allowing your friends and family to relax and chat with you as you cook. The bar doubles as a central place for congregating as well as a work surface for your meals.
Once you’ve picked your key modern pergola design feature, you can then work through the fine details such as the style of furniture and lighting options. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your modern pergola design becomes your reality.