Home improvement: 7 pergolas you can build in one weekend

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Picking the right pergola or awning for your outdoor space can be challenging, but at least they're easy to construct. 

The seasons are changing, so it's time to conduct an annual thorough cleaning of our outdoor spaces in preparation for the coming months. These changes in temperature are a golden opportunity for renovation projects that you dreamed about during the height of last summer, but vacations, commitments and high temperatures prevented you from working outdoors. The slightly cooler days are ideal for hard work, for both you and anyone you employ. Now is the time to ask yourself; does your terrace or veranda need a new pergola or awning? These structures are wildly important to protect both you and your home from the sun, but are also a great barrier against the elements like rain and wind. This of course, means that you can enjoy your outdoor space year round. So, today we are going to look at some pergola alternatives from a range of international homify experts. We hope that by doing this, these designs will meet a range of tastes, and serve a myriad of different occasions. Take the time to find a solution that suits you best, and when it doubt, always consult an expert!

Colourful

Who says your pergola should be neutral, dull or boring? French professionals Solisystème show us with their latest innovation, which is aptly titled Harlequin, that a pergola can be a dynamic, young and colourful addition to your outdoor space. As you can see, a black metal frame supports a series of multi-coloured panels. These can be moved on rails, creating a series of changes to meet your sun protection needs, or simply to create a game of arrangement between the different colours. This modular system is also perfect for customising your patio with the seasons and temperature, allowing you keep it open or closed depending on the season. 

Prefabricated

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by ALL PLUS
ALL PLUS

QSYSTEM

ALL PLUS

Looking for a simple solution that will fit virtually any outdoor area? The creators of the Italian company All Over, designed Qzone, a prefabricated structure that can be installed quickly and easily to create a secure and comfortable outdoor seating area. In addition to the pergola, various modules, such as the wooden counter in the photo, can be added to accommodate a wide range of needs and activities, such as a summer kitchen, bar area or small sheltered garden. And the best part? The pergola is fully removable, allowing you move or store it if need be. 

Green oasis

For those of you who have a green thumb, why not build a pergola structure that can accommodate climbers to make your own miniature oasis. Vines, ivy, clematis or wisteria, once mature, will give your patio a fresh, green atmosphere, perfect for a romantic spring and a welcoming respite on hot summer evenings. If your patio is adjacent to south-facing windows, choose plants that lose their leaves in winter to allow a greater intake of light. This pergola, which is designed by Florentine designer Christian Theill, has successfully created an environment that evokes a sense of lightness within a steel structure. 

Bio-climatic

 Patios by INSIDE Création
INSIDE Création

Cuisine d'été

INSIDE Création

Bio-climatic pergolas are the latest trend with respect to sun protection. For this summer kitchen in Vence, Cote d'Azur, French designer Samantha Diderot planned mechanised pergola covering much of the outdoor space as possible. A system of adjustable metal blades can bend and straighten to vary the level of protection. This type of system may be operated manually or electrically, or even have an automatic system using a timer or a rain sensor. And we must admit that the minimalist look created by the series of horizontal slats creates a chic and sophisticated area for your garden, which is perfect for entertaining friends and family.

Sail away

 Patios by +grün GmbH
+grün GmbH

Traumhafter Blick auf die Côte d'azur

+grün GmbH

Does the structure of your home not allow you to add a pergola which is too heavy, or are simply looking for a light and airy design? Why not opt for a sail or screen made from a canvas? This type of structure, which was made popular in the early twentieth century by talented designers like German architect Frei Otto, presents a series of opportunities, both in terms of form and material quality. In addition these sails provide adequate protection against wind, rain and sun. The curved lines and parabolic forms of this type of awning will certainly invigorate your outdoor space.

Au naturale

mediterranean Garden by Anna & Eugeni Bach
Anna & Eugeni Bach

Porche Casa en Gaüses

Anna & Eugeni Bach

Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most elegant. This is exactly the case for the pictured pergola, with its natural accents and simple structure. Here, you can see a generously covered terrace, which is protected by a simple, lightweight aluminum structure. Seeking to use traditional techniques, the designers have covered the structure with thin wooden sticks, which have been woven. A successful project while showing us that tradition and modernity go hand in hand.

Light filled

To finish this list of inspiring pergola design, we are going to show you a project that is not attached to a residential project, but, nevertheless, inspires us and provides us with some good ideas. This urban development project by architects Brut Deluxe, for the city of Berlin during the holiday season, settles a beautiful light canopy over a public space. Why not replicate that kind of atmosphere (on smaller scale of course) for your backyard? Imagine a unique lighting system that will give a magical look to your patio once night has fallen.  You can either create an artistic ambiance with a whimsical and interesting form like pictured, or even opt for a modern and simplistic design made from LED or energy saving bulbs.

modern Houses by Casas inHAUS

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