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What Is a Pergola and Why Should You Get One for Your Home?

Sick of being stuck indoors but still want some shade? Do you want to put something both decorative and functional in your backyard? Why not get a pergola?

What Is a Pergola?

A pergola is a structure placed outdoors made of columns that support a grid-like roof of beams and rafters. Pergolas can be constructed out of anything but are usually made of wood. 

Why Should I Build a Pergola?

These days, we spend much of our time at home, so, understandably, we would want to maximise the space we have. A pergola helps us achieve this by adding a particular location where you can have family dinners or just hang out. While in this structure, you will be protected from harsh weather but still enjoy some sunlight filtering through the roof. You could have lazy afternoons of reading, nights of family games or maybe a noon nap. The possibilities are endless! Not to mention the fact that guests will be very impressed to see one in your backyard.

Another reason to get a pergola is that it adds value to your property. Think about it. It’s a beautiful covered entertaining space. What prospective home buyer wouldn’t want one of those in their new home? So, not only will you have a space to enjoy yourself, but you’re also making a wise financial investment!

How Do I Build a Pergola?

  • Location and Purpose

First of all, before you even begin thinking of the style or materials, you have to decide where exactly you want to place your brand-new pergola. Decide now what you wish the purpose of the space to be. 

Do you want it to be a place to cook BBQ? Do you like it more away from the house so you can have private events there? Perhaps you want it attached to your pool area? Do you want it attached to your patios? All of these things will affect both the location and layout of your pergola. An event place will probably be more significant than a quiet reading nook. 

  • Materials

After you’ve decided on location and purpose, you should choose what materials you want it to be made from. Check your budget and compare various materials such as timber, aluminium, marble, etc. 

  • Type of Roofing

Next, choose the kind of roof you want your pergola will have. You could go for a basic flat roof to prevent rain from getting in, or you could go for a more open roof to let sunlight filter in. A lattice is a lovely addition, too, so you can grow plants.

  • Lighting

Lastly, consider what kind of lighting you want your pergola to have. If you’re going to use it at night, you’re going to need a lot more lighting than if you’re just going to use it during the day. A window or an open roof would be perfect for enjoying summer days, whereas soft-coloured lights might give off a magical impression at night.


A pergola is a beautiful addition to any backyard. The structure itself will add value to the house. More importantly, it will be a place where memories are created and time is well spent. 

Are you looking to upgrade your home with outdoor pergolas on the Sunshine Coast? Work with Excelfit today! We are a Sunshine Coast-based design and construction firm. Call us today to get started!

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