There’s a growing contingent of Calgary residents who believe that fall is the best season in Calgary. The sometimes oppressive heat of summer cools down to a reasonable day time temperature, and while the evenings can be cold, there’s still enough heat in the air to warrant staying outside as long into the season as possible. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a simple patio set up to make the most of fall outdoors in the city, and you can make a comfortable space with just a dining table and chairs. However, with a little thought and planning, you can install a pergola on your patio to create some life long fall memories.
How Does A Pergola Work?
When you hear the word ‘pergola’, images of an Italian trattoria come to mind, or possibly a simple archway at an outdoor wedding. While there’s truth in both of these scenarios, the fact is that you can create some pergola magic in just about any way you can imagine. The basic structure of sturdy upright posts with a lattice beam roof can be extended into a variety of different shapes. It goes without saying that the more angles and non-standard lengths you choose for your pergola, the more your project will cost, but it’s easy to come up with a design that will fit directly on top of your patio.
Create Some Fall Pergola Magic
The simplicity of a pergola means that you can work with a contractor to have one installed on top of your patio in next to no time. The patio provides the sturdy base for your pergola and removes the need for deep foundational holes. This means that you can create some fall pergola magic this year. Here are some ways to bring some magic to your fall evenings with a pergola:
- Set the scene with lights – start your journey with some low level lighting. In most cases, a series of string or fairy lights will look magical, and you can weave the strings around the posts and through the lattice to make your whole pergola structure come to light. Another option is to install sconces on each of the posts which will create interesting shadows while allowing you and your guests to keep the party going for as long as the fall warmth allows.
- Add a firepit – as the fall evenings get colder across the city, a fire pit will allow you to use your pergola for longer. If you’re worried about live flames, you can buy electric fire pits which pump out heat without the smoke or possibility of sparks or embers.
- Install music – finally, you’ll always want some background music as you enjoy your time outside under your pergola. The posts of a pergola make for excellent holders for small Bluetooth speakers, and you’ll create a magical effect of being serenaded by your favourite bands without messy wires or leads to spoil the effect.
Make this fall the year that you start making magical memories and call Desert Sun Patios today to start your pergola journey.