Stunning Pergola Adds Character to Marietta Square Pool

The birds are chirping; the sun is rising, and in this Marietta Square neighborhood, breakfast is being served outside. A handsome pergola by the pool towers over the table as a family starts a new day. A few months ago, this structure was a simple idea on paper; today it’s a reality thanks to Atlanta Curb Appeal.

Patio Pergola MariettaPergola Installation

Homeowners sometimes ask, “Do pergolas have a purpose; are they purely ornamental or do they actually provide some shade?” The answer depends on how close and tight the top structure is. The closer the roof boards are, the more shade you will get. The board spacing is determined during the initial client meeting since pricing is a factor – the tighter the gap between boards, the more material is needed.


Commonly, people want to install a pergola in their backyard to add a decorative architectural element. The intent of this project was to complement the client’s swimming pool patio.

Wood selection is another important determinant for a pergola design. For this particular project, cedar was recommended. Cedar wood has exceptional qualities for outdoor projects. For example, it’s easy to work with, and although light in weight, it is strong and durable. Staining can be performed immediately, unlike pressure-treated pine, which requires a waiting period. It is resistant to pests, smells great, and has a long life. Cedar is also resistant to rotting and can handle a moist environment, which is important when you are next to the pool. It is more expensive than other wood types but worth every dime when thinking long term.

Atlanta Curb Appeal Pergola

After the build, the client chose not to stain the wood. Cedar ages beautifully in its natural state. First, it slowly turns to a graceful gray. Some elect to seal at this point; however, if allowed to mature, the color evolves to its final magnificent dark brown.

Curved Pergola Marietta Square

Pergola designs are typically standard in structure, simple columns and a slatted roof. Atlanta Curb Appeal, however, enjoys adding artistic elements and has never received a design too challenging. This client’s project was unusual because of its proximity to the pool; the arched shape of the roof allowed for a single side of main supports due to the pool’s cement foundation.

When asked how the client responded to the finished project, Atlanta Curb Appeal shared: “They absolutely loved it and said we delivered exactly what they wanted.”

If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect pergola for your back yard, get a free consultation from Atlanta Curb Appeal today. Want to read another makeover story?

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Decatur Curb Appeal Porch Renovation

Atlanta Curb Appeal’s latest exterior makeover is from Decatur, GA. This porch renovation was a weekend project (3 days total) that the clients absolutely loved.  


Avi Moyal of Atlanta Curb Appeal shares their journey, “the owners wanted to change their front porch from closed brick and windows to something more open and modern but still complement their 1950’s style of home.

We ran by them a few ideas and made CAD drawings showing them the before and after plans. We didn’t really know how the demolition would go and what might actually be salvageable.  So truthfully the actual final design was not agreed upon yet when we started working. The homeowners and I came up with two scenarios and put two budgets together. Budget A for case one, plus a separate one if we indeed needed to go deeper into the demolition and use more materials.

1950's bungalow updating front in Decatur, GA by Atlanta Curb Appeal

The couple requested and encouraged us to stay with the original option A budget (as much as possible) and not to use the extra funds. So the Atlanta Curb Appeal crew spent all the first day removing (very gently) the rotted wood frame and the heavy windows as well as the two brick columns. We only left the roof structure and worked all the second day rebuilding from the ground up. We used 8×8 (dry) pressure treated wood for the post and boxed the bottom part to make it appear even wider.

The Atlanta Curb Appeal crew replaced everything with new boards and trim. We also installed a new railing that was requested by the owner which included a X style fence on the porch.

Curb Appeal in Decatur 1950's Bungalow exterior update

Columns Custom by Atlanta Curb Appeal

The last part of the job was the painting. Colors were picked by the owner with our advice and consult. The gray color is called Gray Clouds by Sherwin Williams SW7658 by Sherwin Williams we selected ended up being used for all of the front brick as well.

Gray Clouds by Sherwin Williams

The project in all took 3 days and the client and neighbors were super happy. We had lots of people coming up and talking to us in the neighborhood. Many requested our business card and asked us to give them ideas for their homes too. This is a very nice and united neighborhood, lots of young families that moving in and fixing up these vintage cute 1950’s houses.”

Call 770-778-1172 or check out Atlanta Curb Appeal’s picture gallery of work of previous home jobs. Or if you are ready to get your free estimate click here.

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