covered pergola kits may simply have a look that appeals to you. they have a more solid look, and some say a more inviting look, almost begging visitors to relax under their shelter and stability. if you want to take a look at our covered models, check them out here .
one of the biggest differences between a covered patio or deck and a pergola is the way they are supported. a covered structure is actually installed as an extension of your home, connecting directly to the outdoor wall nearest the patio or deck you wish to cover. in comparison, a pergola doesnt attach to the house.
if you want a shade structure that naturally blends both in size and style with your deck or patio, build your own pergola or patio shade awning structure. cover the pergola with awning fabric, or plant vines to create a green, living shelter. vines covering a trellis alongside the pergola will also block the rising or setting sun.
this diy pergola plan from the handmade home is for a freestanding pergola that you can build right next to your house or further away in your yard. the free plan includes a supplies list, building instructions, and color photos to help you get the same look.
a pergola usually has open sides, and either a slatted or solid roof. patio covers are similar to pergolas, except they are attached to the house. this can be an advantage, because the patio cover can use the home for support and thus may cost less to build than a freestanding structure.
the deck extends out past the pergola and onto a shaded stone walkway. after: a deck to nowhere gets a destination . a bridge over the moat-like water feature leads to a private lounge area. the lemon tree is now at home next to the new pergola, pizza oven and patio. after: lemon tree needs a new yard