With our intense heat, it is important to get out of the sun and into the shade where the temperature tends to be 5-10 degrees cooler. Lord willing, not only is it cooler, a breeze can actually cool you even more.
Of course our number one shade givers are trees. Number two would be umbrellas, porches, hats, etc.
The most important that I want to talk about today are gazebos, pavilions, pergolas, and arbors.
So what’s the difference between all of these? It’s very simple. A gazebo has side railings and a pavilion is a free standing roof with support beams or poles. The pavilion will have no wall structures at all.
A pergola is a structure similar to an arbor. They are both free standing structures that provide shade and that climbing vine plants can grow upon.
An arbor though has a round top, or a pitched form. Where as a pergola has a flat top surface that can be either closed or open air. The secret to creating these outdoor living spaces is to use long lasting materials that have high weather durability. For example cedar, treated wood, aluminum, steel/tin, are all durable materials. Features as electrical lights and fans can be added to these structures so as to encompass more year round usage. Some of these applications can be screened in, where as others are best suited to be open aired.
Today's example will be a pergola over an outdoor kitchen, a back porch, a gazebo on the south side of the pool by the house, and large native trees.