When designing your landscape, it’s important to have focal points that draw the eye. Pergolas and gazebos make excellent focal points in yards, providing both visual interest and functional space. Here’s some information on incorporating one of these structures into your outdoor space.
A pergola is a garden structure consisting of vertical posts topped by horizontal beams, open on the sides. They provide a shaded spot to relax or dine. Pergolas also serve as support structures for climbing vines and hanging plants. Cedar and redwood are popular pergola materials that can withstand New Jersey weather. Choose a pergola design that complements your home’s architecture.
Gazebos are freestanding outdoor structures with solid roofs and partially enclosed with railings and seating. They provide shelter from sun and rain. Gazebos come in square, rectangular, and octagonal shapes. Materials like cedar and composite lumber ensure durability in our climate. Place your gazebo in a high traffic area like near a pool or patio to get the most use out of it.
When deciding where to place your pergola or gazebo, consider sightlines from inside the home looking out to the yard. Position it where it can be enjoyed from indoor living areas. Locate it near paths or walkways for easy access. Allow enough room around the structure so it doesn’t feel crowded.
Adding a pergola or gazebo can create an elegant focal point in your landscape design. Enjoy your new backyard accent that adds expanded living space and visual appeal.