Yehudit Laine. Patio & Pergola. March 29th , 2017.
An alternative to a complete awning is a shade sail. Shade sails can be custom made to any size you require, or you can combine a number of smaller ones to cover a larger area (the solution you choose will depend partly on your site, and partly on your budget). Shade sails work by a tension system - the sails, often triangular in shape, are anchored to tension points which may be attached to the walls of the dwelling or to the tops of poles sunk into the ground. They have the advantage of being portable: if you sell your home, you can move the sail to your new home and reinstall it for the price of new tension points.
Next, measure and mark the region that you will be paving. Allow an extra 6-8 inches beyond the furthest dimensions of the patio to provide a firm base for the entire area of pavers and to allow for minor adjustments during the laying and cutting in of the pavers. Place stakes at the edges of the markings and attach a string line to the stakes at the final height.
Ever more custom pergola design kits are now available. Each design kit has style, size, shape and decor variations which permit you to make measurements in your back garden where to fit your pergola, choose the best fitting style, select the right size, select roof shapes besides selecting from many interior decor colours. Most of this can now be done online by selecting from pergola design galleries before purchasing chosen kits.
Only by careful research of the many designs available and the many materials available can you find the pergola which fits your requirements. Once you have chosen your matching design you have to follow the instructions carefully. Allthough it is indeed a labour of love, the rewards are worth it. Building your pergola requires perseverance and planning.
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