Woman using a spirit level when erecting a wooden pergola in her back yard.
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What To Consider Before Building The Backyard Pergola Of Your Dreams
A pergola is an affordable, stylish backyard upgrade that provides shelter, shade, and a welcome respite. Before you start building one, though, there are a few things to consider.
First, getting the necessary permits and approvals from the building inspector or planning commissioner of your local government is crucial when building outdoor structures.
These officials also have policies on height restrictions and setbacks, which define the distance your pergola must be from the front, sides, and back of the property line.
When considering the location of your pergola, think about the climate and how you’ll use the space. For the best shade, face it north or east, but to enjoy sunsets, point it west.
The typical height range for a pergola is between 8 and 12 feet. Think about your home and yard space and try to complement — not overwhelm — the area.
A pergola’s size, materials, design, and location factor into its cost, as well as various permits and fees. You can expect to pay between $2,200 and $5,900 to build one.
Use vertical spaces and hang string or curtain lights, lanterns, and plants to decorate. Color-coordinated shades and furniture create a cozy area and keep the sun at bay.