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Engineering Plans: Pergolas

Custom built pergolas add extra space, beauty, value, & fun to your home.

Pergolas add beauty and value to your home. With a custom pergola, you can enjoy the outdoors while staying protected from the sun and rain.

A pergola is the perfect way to add some extra living space to your home for your morning yoga routine, homemade dinners on the patio, hosting a BBQ with friends, birthday parties, wedding receptions, or enjoying a quiet, romantic night under the stars.

Some homeowners opt to add a dining area, fire pit, small flower garden, hot tub, or pool underneath or nearby their pergolas for extra outdoor relaxation.

With the added benefit of being able to customize it to your exact specifications, a pergola is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space.

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Benefits of Pergolas

Add Value to Your Home

A pergola adds a sense of pride in your home, by its aesthetic appeal, and an investment back into its value.

Creates Shade & Shelter

Protect your family from the sun and keep your skin healthy by creating a safe outdoor place in the shade.

Transforms the Space

Pergolas give a feeling of luxury, your own private oasis to meditate, practice yoga, or just breathe the fresh air.

Outdoor Gathering Place

Pergolas are the perfect open place for entertaining guests. Create an event space to celebrate special days with family and friends.

Showcase Your Style

Decorate your pergola for events, paint it to fit your style, or landscape with flowers or a vegetable garden to enjoy during family meals.

Ultimate Relaxation

Some home owners add a hot tub or fire pit to their pergola installations. Enjoy your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine under the stars.

Find Your Pergola Plan

Search plan samples from dozens of pergola plans.

Purchase sealed pergola plans for help in permitting & construction, contact a dealer, or modify the plans for your custom project with the help of a design professional.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pergola Designs

A canopy is typically defined as a cloth covering which applies to interior use. For Exterior use, canopies are typically solid roof enclosures designed to withstand wind, rain, and snow.

A pergola is an outdoor structure also designed to withstand wind, rain, and snow, but is typically porous with open framework.

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A canopy is typically defined as a cloth covering which applies to interior use. For Exterior use, canopies are typically solid roof enclosures designed to withstand wind, rain, and snow.

A pergola is an outdoor structure also designed to withstand wind, rain, and snow, but is typically porous with open framework. 

A trellis is similar to a pergola but is typically used in gardens to grow plants on and around.

Commercial pergolas are typically designed to higher wind, snow, live & dead loads than residential pergolas as defined by code.  They frequently require engineering shop drawing design for permit and building department review, whereas residential pergolas may be DIY or held to lesser standards of permit & inspection by building departments.  Consult your local building department before building your pergola to determine the loading design and permitting requirements.  We always recommend you contact a design professional to properly assess & design your site-specific needs.

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