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By Roelf Nel

Extend your living space into the outdoors and capture the sounds of birds chirping away, enjoy the fragrance coming from your garden, yet protected from the harsh sun. Transform your space into a beautiful, welcoming venue for your family to have outdoor suppers or entertain your guests. House this space under a Pergola.

Pergola ideas to consider

  1. Brick Pergolas: Using good quality red bricks that can withstand the harsh African weather conditions offers a more structural look to your Pergola. Create brick pillars holding the lattice wooden rooftop while your favourite climbing plant twines around the beams creating a living roof covering.
  2. Pergola Curtains: For a Mediterranean feel, instead of heavy pillars, have outdoor curtains suspended to create a luxury haven. Use the curtains to add to the overall design and feel of your Pergola. Not only do they offer a way to create shade, but create a space of privacy.
  3. Bamboo is a durable material that can withstand the elements and will offer you a roofing option that is attractive and long-lasting.
  4. Retractable fabric coverings offer the best of both worlds. At times having the sun streaming in and enjoying the rays is welcomed. Then you don’t want a roof covering. Then there are days that the shade covering and protection is a must. These canopies are created from Sunbrella fabrics and provide the SPF protection.
  5. For a more contemporary look use steel structures. For the designer look, cut patterns into the steel frames. This example on our Pinterest Board will get those creative juices flowing if you want to create something special.
  6. Connect your house to your garden using a pergola. A curved roof offers an alternative design to classical beam design.

Visit our Pinterest Board to get inspiration from the fantastic Pergola designs we found. From classical designs to more contemporary designs. What will your Pergola look like?

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