This post originally appeared on my blog First Class Great Outdoors. Enjoy!
One of Jason’s most recent projects was a pergola over the top level of our deck. Despite their growing popularity, we have found that few people know what pergolas are. A pergola is basically an arbor. They often support vines, providing a shady place to rest, and they are common features in Italian gardens.
I desperately wanted a pergola somewhere in our backyard. Jason was the one who finally conceived of building it over our deck.
Here’s a picture of the back of our house as Jason began to build the pergola. (We were in the midst of a tree removal project at the same time.)
Since our deck sits in the blazing sun most of the day, we are developing a plan to rig up a shade using outdoor fabric. We would like to create a retractable shade very similar to one we have seen on a pergola from Plow & Hearth.
For now, we are simply enjoying the new addition to our awesome backyard. Come on over if you’d like to sit back, relax, and enjoy our own personal great outdoors.