My summer house has two fair size patios and each of them provides shade in different times of day. One is good to use in the mornings, up to the midday, while the other one (shown in the photos) is shady and cool in the afternoons.
However, both patios did not have any visual appeal and seemed so uninviting, boring and without any personality. Owning this place for about 14 years, it was about the time that I had to do some changes and infuse a bit of personality to the outdoor space so it would look more inviting and homy.
Four years ago I started with a simple pergola design sketch, and headed to different local carpenter businesses. All of the businesses that I contacted seemed to be willing to take up the job, but their quotes were nothing less than an overcharge. Not getting a god deal made me postpone this project for another year, and that is what I did.
Previous summer I was lucky to find a good carpenter that gave me a good deal, but I had to wait all summer for him to get his job done. By the end of the summer season last year, the pergola structures were erected in both patios, but unfortunately I did not get to enjoy them as the summer season was ove and I had to get back home.
Finally, this year the whole pergola project was completed fully and I got to enjoy the outdoors in my summer house at max.
In order to add some extra shade to the patio I covered the open roof of pergola with 80 cm wide white fabric.
Each stripe of fabric was cut and hemmed with a special polyester thread which is resistant to UV rays. Each end of the fabric stripe was hemmed with navy fabric cut in bias. This small detail added a very stylish and sophisticated look to the whole structure.
The pergola now acts as a canopy over our dining table, providing both shade and intimacy.
Our patio is much more inviting now and it seems like we have more livable space as compared to before.
No doubt that pergola has created a shady retreat to our patio and, moreover it serves as a major landscaping element to our backyard.
I couldn’t be more happier with the result. I am loving it!
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