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Decks and Pergolas: The Perfect Pair for Aesthetic and Functional Harmony

A well-designed deck acts as a solid foundation for outdoor living; extending your living space and offering a versatile area for dining, lounging, entertaining, and enjoying nature. Pairing it with a pergola can take it to the next level, adding both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits. Let's explore how these elements work together to create the ultimate outdoor space.

Deck with pergola and outdoor fireplace in Northern Virginia

Benefits of Adding a Pergola to Your Deck

  1. Shade and Comfort: Pergolas offer shade, protecting you and your guests from direct sunlight, making your deck a more comfortable place to relax even during the hottest days.

  2. Visual Appeal: Pergolas add architectural interest to your deck, Whether you prefer a modern design or a classic look, pergolas can be customized to match your style by utilizing different materials and building styles.

  3. Versatility: Pergolas can dressed with climbing plants, lights, fabric canopies, lanterns, or streamers! These fun additions can transform your deck into a private cozy retreat or vibrant and festive entertaining area.

  4. Increased Property Value: When done propertly, combining a pergola with a deck can enhance your home's curb appeal and increase its market value. Prospective buyers often look for outdoor spaces that offer beauty, flexiblity, and functionality.

Tips for designing decks with pergolas

  • Define Your Space: Use your pergola to define areas of your deck. Create separate zones for dining, lounging, and cooking to make your outdoor space more organized and functional, this also helps create clarity and facilitates a smooth flow when entertaining.

  • Choose the Right Materials: Select materials that complement each other and your home's existing design style. For instance, a wooden deck paired with a wooden pergola of the same type can create a cohesive and natural look. That being said, don't be afraid to mix and match! Mixing materials like metal and wood or two different complimentary woods can create a more modern aesthetic. Explore our gallery for inspo. If you're unsure about the direction you want to go in stylistically, our experts can help you find your perfect paring.

  • Add Lighting: Incorperate outdoor lighting into your pergola for serene nights or evening entertaining. String lights, lanterns, or built-in lighting can create a warm and inviting vibe in addition to adding another layer of function to your outdoor space.

  • Incorporate Greenery: Enhance your pergola deck with potted plants, climbing vines, or vertical gardens. This not only adds beauty, but also can provide air purification, shade, cooling, and support both pollinators as well as the environment as a whole! You can also grow herbs, fruits, or vegetables to add another layer of function to your outdoor space and take your al-fresco dining to the next level. Here's a guide to planting crops in Northern Virginia and Here's a guide to choosing native plants for your landscape in Northern Virginia.

Combinging decks and pergolas offers endless possibilities for creating a beautiful and functional outdoor entertaining area. With the right design and features your pergola deck can become the heart of your home, providing comfort, style, function, and fun!

Stay tuned for our next post where we'll explore Outdoor Entertaining with Pergola Decks. In the meantime, if you're ready to get started bringing your dream outdoor landscpae to life, reach out to our team today for a complimentary quote.

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