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Design a Pergola in 5 Simple Steps

Updated: Mar 15, 2022

Pergolas add architectural interest and create shady, comfortable outdoor living spaces. They can be as simple or complex as you like and can be used to provide partial or full shade.

Florida Pavers & Pergolas is Central Florida's Top-Rated Pergola Contractor


Designing your own pergola is a fun project that can be tailored to your specific needs and tastes. In this post, we'll discuss the basics of pergola design and construction, as well as some tips for getting the most out of your new outdoor living space.

1. How Will You Use It?

When designing a pergola, it’s important to consider where you plan on installing your new shade structure. No matter what use for which area of the backyard this will serve as an accessory and enhance its aesthetics with an elegant ambiance that can be desired in any setting.

A beautiful outdoor space isn’t just about having fun outdoors - It's also important that you have all the necessary amenities like shade from direct sunlight during those warm summer days

2. Free Standing or Attached?

When deciding whether to buy an attached or free-standing pergola, there are many factors that should be considered. An attached one will always cost less than a comparably sized freestanding option but this isn't the only consideration you need to make because of their placement limitations.

Building mid-yard seating areas where people can sit while they enjoy views from various directions around your property means it is necessary to be a free-standing structure.

3. Size?

The next step in building a pergola is to select your size. We can’t tell you the perfect one for all spaces, but here are some common sizes:

Small Patio: around 12’ X 12’

Average-Sized Decks; 12’ X 16’

Large Decks: 16’ X 24’

Separate Backyard Pergola: 12’ X 16’

4. Finish?

When deciding what type of wood finish on your pergola, it is important to take into account the ambiance and style that you desire.

A variety in colors can help create an inviting space for outdoor living spaces while also reflecting different home styles such as rustic charm or traditional elegance; whichever suits your backyard best!

5. Extras?

The final step in building a custom pergola is choosing your extras. Since all of our structures are hand-built to order, it's easy for you to decide which accessories would best suit the design and style that each individual wants!

Some popular add ons include built-in lights, retractable shade covers, decorative end caps, and maybe if it fits your budget, a fully custom-built outdoor kitchen!

Looking for a beautiful and unique addition to your backyard?

Florida Pergolas and Pavers can create the perfect pergola for you. We specialize in designing and building custom pergolas that will perfectly match your home and backyard. Our team of experts will work with you to create the perfect pergola for your needs, ensuring that you are completely satisfied with the final product.

A custom pergola from Florida Pergolas and Pavers is the perfect way to add value, beauty, and functionality to your home. Our pergolas are made from high-quality materials and construction techniques, so you can be sure they will last for years to come.

Contact FP&P today to Get Started on Your New Custom Pergola!


Florida Pavers & Pergolas services the following areas:

Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Osceola County, Volusia County, and Broward County. Our team commonly operates in Metro West, Doctor Phillips, Windermere, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Gotha, Oviedo, Oakland, Apopka, College Park, Winter Park, Sorrento, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Heathrow, & Sanford.

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