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Garden structure for your propertyPergolas can be puzzling. How are they different than gazebos or arbors? How do you use them?

Here at Neave Carpentry, we get a lot of questions and puzzled looks when it comes to pergolas.

These beautiful garden structures can add lots of pizzazz to your landscape, and provide the perfect little getaway spot in your own backyard.

We’ve been building these beauties for years. Let’s take a closer look at pergolas and how they can improve your landscape.

What Is A Pergola?

What is a pergola exactly? Here is an example.This popular garden structure is made of vertical posts or pillars that support cross-beams and sometimes sturdy open lattice. The pillars and beams offer a perfect place to train pretty vines that offer dappled shade overhead.

Whether you want a shaded walkway or a sitting area, pergolas provide a beautiful, romantic feel to your outdoor space. They offer protection from the harsh sun while still allowing a nice breeze to drift through.

7 Reasons Why Should You Have A Pergola?

Extend Your Entertaining Area

Why keep all the fun inside? A pergola is a great spot for entertaining. If you want to entertain outside but want to stay close to your kitchen, you can plan your pergola for right next to your house. Add comfy outdoor furniture underneath and – boom – you have an extra outdoor room.

Create A Visual Element In Your Landscape

A well-constructed pergola is a thing of beauty, adding depth and interest to your landscape. If you place it where it’s visible from inside your home, you enjoy its classic beauty even when you’re not using it.

Pergolas Are Cool. Literally.

On a hot sunny day, a pergola’s open roof casts filtered light that lessens the sun’s intensity. That open roof also lets you enjoy the cool breeze.

Also, if you have south-facing windows that get too hot during the day, a pergola will cast filtered shade on the windows to cool things off.

Pair Your Pergola With Other Hardscape Elements

What is a pergola? Well, it can go over your spa and add an element of design.Sure, pergolas are lovely on their own but integrate yours with other hardscape elements, and you’ll use it even more. Consider a pergola as part of your outdoor kitchen. Have it next to the swimming pool or use it to shelter a home spa. Pergolas are truly versatile garden structures.

Enjoy A Pergola Pick-Me-Up

Need to escape but can’t leave home? Head to your pergola with a good book. Relax and take a nap. If you situate your pergola away from the house and out in the garden, it’s the perfect getaway spot. If you’re quiet, you might go unnoticed for hours.

Extend Your Garden

A pergola practically calls out for climbing plants. Train vines up the support posts, wind wisteria or grape vines through the lattice overhead. Install a border of plantings around the pergola to create even more blissful seclusion.

Pergola Under The Stars

Don’t forget about your pergola at night. Twinkling white lights strung in the lattice overhead create an outdoor bistro. After all, what is a pergola without the people? Add wine and a few friends: instant party.

Leave It To Neave

The expert craftsmen at Neave Carpentry can help you design the pergola of your dreams, then construct your custom garden structure to fit your exact needs.

When your pergola needs maintenance, we can help with that, too, including treating the wood to protect it from pest infestation and the elements.

Neave Landscaping’s team of plant experts can help you figure out the vines and plants to add the perfect finishing touch.

Since we build all of our garden structures according to your specifications, you can have a pergola of any shape or size.

The perfect pergola: Neave Carpentry has got you covered.

If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.


What is a pergola and what other elements can Neave build for your landscape? Find out in this FREE planning guide.



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