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.
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.
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.
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.”
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