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In Praise of Pergolas

In Praise of Pergolas
Columns supporting overhead beams create the Arts & Crafts-inspi
A pergola is an arbor or trellised area for walking or sitting and was a popular feature of houses built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You could even mail-order a pergola -- like this example from a Sears stock plan catalog of 1921 

(courtesy Note that price! The word pergola derives from the Latin referring to a projecting eave. Most pergolas are distinguished by projecting rafters that create partial shade and a support structure for vines or other trailing plants like wisteria and bougainvillea. A pergola can frame the front entry, as it does in Plan 454-11 by architect Sarah Susanka shown at the top of this post. It can define part of a terrace or deck as it does in Plan 479-4 by architect
Peter Brachvogel and Stella Carosso, where a single line of paired columns supports it, as shown above, and in Plan 930-19 by Sater Design, where a small pergola shapes a terrace sitting area, shown below.

 A trellised area or pergola can be an attractive and less expensive alternative to a fully covered porch roof. 

Plan 120-190 uses a trellis to frame the breezeway between the house and the garage -- the overhead
beams here make the deck feel like an outdoor room. The Homestead Partners use a pergola as the defining

feature of their latest design, Plan 917-12 -- it wraps the house on three sides. Trail vines along it and the house will almost disappear in foliage!

To browse more plans designed for outdoor living click here.

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