Installing a pergola will extend your living space and increase the amount of time you can comfortably spend outside, today’s pergolas can be augmented in a variety of ways.
Because power can be installed inside their structure there are now opportunities to add either ceiling fans or portable heaters – or both! Power also makes it easier to add lighting elements – from twinkling holiday lights to paper lanterns to full chandeliers and uplighting. Not ready to install power? Some newer models can accommodate solar panels, solar lighting elements and even Bluetooth connectivity!
When a pergola is designed and oriented properly it can cast enough shade to make a warm afternoon enjoyable. If you still require protection from the sun, you can install a retractable shade cover or canopy, or attach lattice work and/or climbing vines. As long as there is open ventilation options including chimenea’s and fire tables can be considered (as long as they are combined with a strong dose of caution and common sense!).