Spring is the time to get out some lawn chairs, a table as well and maybe a soft hammock is a nice way to give you a backyard space to sit or relax outdoors when the sun is shining, skies areblue and we can indulge in what we call ‘summer fun’. At the other end of the spectrum some choose to have stone fireplaces, water features, covered patio areas with expensive lawn furnishings and have really taken the idea of an outdoor room to the next level. There is however some middle ground that may suit your budget and needs while still affording you a defined space that adds charm and value to your landscaping. Accents in the way of garden structures like a wooden pergola can create a simple, very attractive outdoor space giving your garden a focal point and giving your setting an intimate feel.

Turn your back yard from a blank slate to a relaxed setting with a simple architectural highlights designed to suit the size and feel of your outdoor space. Garden structures like the pergola can be virtually any size and you can use some simple pergola plans to create one that will work beauitfully. There are no solid walls, but you are creating a feel by framing a space to give the feel of a cozy room. The wood frame will make a perfect brace if you decide to drape some attractive fabric from it, hang up blinds to block the intense sun, potted plants or hang a chandelier that holds tea lights or candles and have a dining area to enjoy. You can also take some material either opaque or translucent to put a roof on it to stop the rain, protect from the sun and still enjoy it on a drizzly day. With the cover on top, or even over a portion of it you can set up your grill to cook outdoors rain or shine. Add some more character by building in benches and a trellis to make the framework more defined and the lush leaves and flowers are like wallpaper provided by nature.

The pergola is a garden structure with an open frame that opens up possibilities to decorating, gardening and your design taste. The design and steps to build are quite simple and can be fairly inexpensive. This garden structure can work to connect your home with the back yard or if you choose it can also be a completely separate space all together. Adding climbing vines or soft fabrics will give you some diffused sunlight and really work to enhance that intimate setting. Convert that blank canvas of a yard simply and easily with the construction of a pergola, a garden structure that can serve to frame out that new family room in the back yard.

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