Avoid Hail Damage with a StruXure Aluminum Louvered Pergola

Is hail damage to your porch or patio inevitable? Denver homeowners encounter evidence of hail damage on a daily basis, from cratered cars to pockmarked pavement. Colorado residents universally accept such extensive property damage as a fact of life. From April to September, we hunker down when hail threatens. But it doesn’t have to be so. Before you resign yourself to the eventual damage and destruction of your outdoor space by hail, consider the alternative. 

StruXure Home Pergolas Hold Up in Hail

StruXure aluminum louvered pergolas hold up very well against hail damage. Our residential pergolas feature a thick, structural grade aluminum design. The thickness and integrity of the structural beams and louvers of our pergola systems don’t dent due to collisions with hailstones. Most hailstones simply bounce right off. Denver Pergola Systems has installed over 150 pergola systems throughout the Colorado region. Many of these have been affected by hail without a single dimple. StruXure pergolas are built to last, designed to withstand extreme weather – including hurricane-force winds and hail – and remain looking great.

Aluminum Louvered Pergolas Offer Protection for your Porch, Too 

In addition to withstanding harsh weather and hail, StruXure motorized pergolas protect furnishings and flooring surfaces beneath when louvers are closed against hail and other weather. When attached to your home, they can also safeguard your structure, offering an extra layer of protection for nearby windows and glass doors. If you happen to be beneath when an after storm pops up, your residential pergola can also protect you from falling hailstones until you can make it safely into your home.

Ducking the Damage 

The Colorado Front Range leads the nation in the frequency of large hail storms and hail damage claims. This region suffers the highest incidence of large hail in North America and most of the world, making it not a matter of if – but when – you will be impacted. In the last decade, hailstorms have racked up more than $5 billion in insured damage statewide. Why not protect your home, reducing insurance claims and premiums while improving your outdoor living space with a durable, hail and wind-resistant aluminum pergola system?

Don’t open yourself up to hail damage. Safeguard yourself and your property with the flexible protection of a StruXure residential pergola from Denver Pergola Systems. Contact us to learn more about creating a lasting, weather-resistant outdoor space today.

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Improve the View with Privacy Screens

motorized screensAre you tired of the ugly view from your side or backyard space? Improve it with privacy screens. Just a touch of vision and creativity can turn an unattractive landscape into a lush, green, attractive outdoor setting. With a few strategically placed fences, walls, and plantings surrounding your well-outfitted home pergola, you can turn your porch or patio into a more inviting, enjoyable space.

Say Goodbye to Nosy Neighbors and Unsightly Views

These outdoor screening solutions are the perfect fix for densely packed neighborhoods or unsightly surroundings, improving the view from your outdoor space and from within your home. Choose a single solution, or better yet, mix it up, creating a beautiful outdoor retreat.

  • Louvered Home Pergolas
    StruXure motorized pergolas offer the ultimate in versatility, allowing you to create a private, relaxing outdoor space with the addition of motorized privacy screens and curtains. Open up pergola louvers to enjoy sky views, or close for shade and rain protection, operating your home pergola via remote control or smartphone using the iLouver app. Integrated pergola accessories like built-in lights, ceiling fans, and patio heaters allow you to enjoy your outdoor space year-round.
  • Planter System and Cedar Panels
    Create privacy and seclusion from nearby neighbors with a low, linear planter bed topped with slotted cedar panels featuring horizontal planks. Stained or painted, cedar is the perfect choice for a more natural outdoor setting. Fill planter beds with lush greenery, placing the slotted cedar panels atop beds to block unsightly views. Breaking the screen up into multiple panels minimizes the feeling of a solid barrier. Pro tip: Vining plants add coverage and enhance beauty – just be sure to keep climbing plants away from the louvered pergola roof.
  • Concrete Feature Wall with Fireplace or Water Feature
    Sit back and relax in comfort beneath your custom aluminum pergola, taking in the inviting ambiance of a fireplace or water feature. These additions, skillfully incorporated into a feature wall, are a great way to separate spaces and improve the looks and value of your outdoor space. For added flair, enhance concrete with an architectural coating or stone veneer that complements your fire or water feature centerpiece.
  • Tiered Planter Beds
    For long, runway style yards, tiered planter beds can turn a narrow, flat, lackluster view into an attractive garden setting to enjoy from the comfort of your motorized louvered pergola. Integrate taller plants, shrubs, or grasses in the top, back tier for added privacy. Choose contrasting shapes, colors, and textures in subsequent levels for visual interest. Trailing foliage in the lowest tier softens the hard lines of blocky walls and distracts from the long lines of narrow yards.
  • Living Wall
    The addition of a living wall is an excellent way to bring narrow concrete spaces to life. Mounted to a concrete wall, fence, or even the side of a building, a living wall is a perfect solution for tight areas like side patios or rooftop terraces, incorporating large swaths of greenery that bring even dullest outdoor space to life.

Loathe the view? Reinvent it with the help of the pergola design experts at Denver Pergola Systems. Contact us for a complimentary design consultation today.

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Why Cover Your Patio at All?

patio coverIs patio cover really that critical to your patio or deck design? If you live in the Denver area, that answer is a resounding yes. Strong winds, pop up thunderstorms, hail, snow, and bright, blaring high-altitude sunlight are just a few of the many weather woes outdoor enthusiasts must contend with in Colorado. How can one outdoor shade structure help you manage all that?

StruXure Aluminum Pergolas Allow You to Use Your Patio Whenever You Want

Sun, wind, rain, or snow, StruXure home pergolas have you covered. Use your deck or patio whenever you want to, without waiting for ideal weather conditions. With an adjustable pergola, you’ll no longer be at the mercy of Mother Nature.

  • Say “See Ya” to scorching heat and blinding sun.
    At least ten times a day, our pergola design professionals hear, “Our west/south facing patio is just too hot to enjoy.” With an adjustable aluminum pergola from StruXure, you can adjust louver settings to shelter your patio at the hottest and brightest times of the day. Simply close manually or via remote for immediate protection, or adjust your home pergola on schedule from your mobile device using the iLouver app. Relax in comfort beneath integrated ceiling fans, adjusting louvers to the perfect amount of shade on hot summer afternoons.
  • Guard against UV damage.
    Prevent damage to your skin and furnishings, guarding against the harsh sunlight of the Colorado mountain region. StruXure custom built pergola designs feature an Akzo Nobel powder-coated finish, standing up to tough outdoor conditions like UV light, protecting your pergola structure, and all things beneath.
  • Take shelter from the storm.
    With StruXure louvered roof systems, you can quickly adapt to any weather. Denver area pop-up showers will never again send you running for cover – continue enjoying your outdoor space, remaining sheltered from the storm. The built-in gutter system of our louvered pergola systems provides leak-free rain protection. Adjust louvers with changing weather, or incorporate built-in rain sensors for on-demand response.
  • Stop worrying about high winds.
    Strong and durable, StruXure aluminum pergolas are built to withstand high winds, resisting hurricane-force winds with ease. No more chasing umbrellas or replacing torn fabrics, and no insurance claims for the repair or replacement of weak shade structures.
  • Stand up to hail damage.
    The thick, structural grade aluminum comprising the structure, beams, and louvers or StruXure pergolas guards against hail damage, protecting furnishings beneath. To date, we’ve installed over 150 custom pergolas in the Colorado region, without a single system suffering dimpling from hail.
  • Lower your energy bills and improve comfort.
    In addition to providing a more comfortable patio environment, StruXure custom built pergolas can also keep your home more comfortable, controlling heat gain through large glass patio doors and windows and lowering your energy bills.
  • Add value and curb appeal.
    StruXure louvered pergola systems are a permanent, lasting addition, increasing usable space and adding to the value and curb appeal of your home.

Use your patio on your terms and timetable. Contact Denver Pergola Systems for a free design consultation. Learn how a StruXure pergola can solve your climate control problems, helping you maximize the use of your outdoor living space today.

This article was previously published at: https://denverpergolas.com/adjustable-residential-pergolas/why-cover-your-patio-at-all/

Essential Plan For Your Outdoor Living Space

backyard patioWhat things do you need to plan for when designing an outdoor living space? Whether you’re creating your dream deck-side kitchen or adding a cool, comfortable poolside cabana, thoughtful planning is key to ensuring maximum use and a lasting return-on-investment. Our project experts have the information you need to achieve a successful design.

Decide on a Theme for Your Porch or Patio

Will you be using your space primarily for cooking, dining, relaxing, or entertaining? Visualizing the end-use of this space will help you ensure a cohesive design.

Multi-Use Outdoor Spaces

If your outdoor space will be multifunctional, create outdoor rooms or “zones.” Marking out each area in advance, and considering what you will do in each, will help when it’s time to select furnishings. Take measurements, shopping for furnishings carefully based on the intended use of each area. Poorly sized furniture can sabotage your design. Fit and clearance are crucial to functionality.

Select a Style and Color Palette

Will you use neutrals, nature-inspired hues, or bold and bright colors? What theme will you carry through your design? The more you personalize your space, the more inviting it will be, and the more you will use it.

Consider Built-Ins

Built-ins like benches, planters, and kitchen amenities are popular for their lasting design. Built-in fire features provide an inviting, cozy spot for gathering, while integrated water features offer a calming focal point. They are an excellent way to create a feeling of cohesiveness throughout your outdoor space.

Add Versatile Pergola Shelter

Ensure comfort with an adjustable louvered pergola system. StruXure home pergolas provide shelter from the rain on-demand, adjust to the ideal angle to provide protection against the harsh glare of the afternoon sunlight when you need it, opening later in the night to reveal starlit skies. Easy to operate, our custom pergola designs, with integrated lighting, ceiling fans, patio heaters, and motorized screens, ensure maximum use of your porch or patio space year-round.

Design for Privacy

High walls, tall hedges, and trellises can offer protection from onlookers. “Sunken” below deck and multilayer designs, which create a lovely effect and offer a variety of opportunities for adding color and texture with hardscaping, can also enhance privacy. Landscaping flat? Incorporate motorized screens and curtains into your pergola design, enjoying privacy on-demand.

Choose Durable Materials

Invest in options that are beautiful and made to last, from your furnishings to your pergola design. “Bargain” options often end up costing more with repeated replacement. Quality materials, such as the fully extruded aluminum pergola design of StruXure systems, with premium Akzo Nobel powder coating, are easy to clean and built to withstand heat, UV rays, salt, hail, heavy snow loads, and hurricane-force winds.

Don’t Overlook the Importance of Maintenance

Choosing easy-care materials allows you to spend less time on maintenance and more time enjoying yourself.

Plan for success, and you will achieve an outdoor living space design that will provide lasting satisfaction for years to come. Contact Denver Pergola Systems for a complimentary design consultation today.

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Creating a Lounge-Worthy Patio with a Pergola

lounge worthy outdoor spaceCreate a patio that lures you into its comfort, inviting you to relax. Outfit your outdoor space with the comforts of the indoors and you’ll want to pull up a cozy seat and stay a while. Set the mood with the right furnishings and décor, creating a relaxing retreat with these tips for a lounge-worthy patio.

8 Ideas for a Relaxing Patio 

  1. Multifunctional, comfortable seating.
    Cushy furnishings with thick cushions provide a place to snuggle solo, or with a loved one. Choose furniture options with built-in storage offer hidden spot to stow pillows and throws for cool evenings.
  2. A place to lie your head.
    An outdoor daybed offers the perfect place for an afternoon nap. For smaller spaces, hammocks provide an ideal alternative, shrinking to a small footprint when not in use.
  3. Storage for nibbles and sips.
    Sturdy side tables and a coffee table offer a nearby spot to set your beverages and snacks, as well as showcase LED candles and lanterns, providing a tranquil evening ambiance.
  4. Flexible shelter.
    Outfit your space with a pergola. Home pergolas provide more coverage than unreliable patio umbrellas. StruXure adjustable louvered pergolas provide flexible protection, opening on-demand to let in the sun’s warmth, adjusting to the ideal amount of shade, and closing to seal out rain and snow.
  5. Mood lighting.
    Integrate built-in pergola lighting with programmable LEDs, dimming or altering lighting color to your taste. Set the perfect ambiance to unwind in the evening hours, accenting your patio space with strip lights, fairy lights, lanterns, and solar light stakes.
  6. Temperature comfort.
    Ensure comfort year-round, incorporating built-in ceiling fans and infrared patio heaters into your pergola design.
  7. Pest prevention.
    Close the louvers of your aluminum pergola, sealing out insects with motorized pergola screens. Two-legged pests in the form of neighbors? Get the privacy you need fast, integrating motorized curtains into your custom pergola design.
  8. Plant-based privacy.
    Enhance the outdoor ambiance and create privacy. The lush foliage of plants in a mix of tall and small pots, or a living wall divider, transforms even the smallest space into a cozy hideaway.

Create the perfect spot to gather and relax with the help of Denver Pergola Systems. Learn more about StruXure louvered pergola systems today.

This article was previously published at: https://denverpergolas.com/adjustable-residential-pergolas/creating-a-lounge-worthy-patio-with-a-pergola/

Adjustable Pergolas: Backyard Game Room

outdoor gamesAre you looking for ways to bring fun and games onto your deck or patio space? Turn unused backyard real estate into a fun and functional extension of your home. With the flexible shelter of a StruXure adjustable aluminum pergola, an outdoor game room can provide the same year-round functionality of one indoors, with the added benefits only the outdoor environment can offer.

An Outdoor Game Room is the Perfect Complement to Other Backyard Amenities

A game room on your porch or patio is the ideal space for you and your family to shake off cabin fever. In this space, you can take part in stress-busting outdoor activities together, or give your children a sense of privacy while they enjoy playing safely alone in your backyard. Work from your porch while your kids play, or grill dinner while they entertain themselves in your new outdoor game room addition.

Top Game Room Additions

Turn an unused area of your yard into a full-fledged game room, enticing your family outdoors with these popular outdoor gaming additions.

  • Permanent or portable gaming tables
    Invest in the lasting quality of a permanent table, or purchase inexpensive portable tables for more flexible use of your space . Popular options include:
      • Ping pong
      • Foosball
      • Air hockey
      • Pool
      • Multi-table (combines several games in one table)
  • Dartboard
    Electronic dartboards are low-maintenance and safe, keeping score for your family.
  • Board games
    Store a variety of timeless board games in a weatherproof outdoor storage unit or bench, enjoying checkers, chess, cards, and more outdoors.
  • Outdoor flat screen for gaming
    A cushy outdoor couch, wireless router, and portable gaming system can keep kids of all ages entertained for hours.

Upping the Ante on Your Game Room Design

To ensure maximum use of your game room, you’ll need more than a couple of tables. Creating a comfortable, fun environment is key to enticing your family outdoors for repeated game room rematches. For an inviting atmosphere, don’t forget to outfit your game room addition with:

  • Ample outlets
    No one wants to hurdle extension cords while playing ping pong. For games that require electricity, have outlets wired in advance.
  • Joint-friendly flooring
    Standing for hours on hard surfaces can sap gaming fun. Choose softer flooring like wood or incorporate cushy floor coverings like rubber mats/pavers, and outdoor carpet to protect weary feet, back, and knee joints.
  • Comfortable seating
    A cushy couch or plush, multifunctional poufs provide an enjoyable place to observe or relax between sets. Pair with a coffee table or side tables, providing a nearby spot to rest beverage and snacks.
  • Flexible shelter
    Putting a roof over your game room allows you to use the space even when weather isn’t ideal, as well as protect furnishings and gaming tables from weather-related wear-and-tear. With the versatile shelter of a StruXure adjustable aluminum pergola, you can enjoy your game room in any weather. Focus on fun – with or without the sun – adjusting the louvers on your custom home pergola to the perfect angle for sun, shade, or rain protection. With built-in pergola accessories like lighting, ceiling fans, infrared patio heaters, and motorized screens for pest protection, you can enjoy your new space day or night, year-round.

Create the ultimate game room in your backyard. Contact Denver Pergola Systems for a complimentary design consultation today.

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Planning Your Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July CandlesWhat do you need for a fun and festive Independence Day in your backyard? With the right menu, a comfortable setting for the patio, and festive decor, you can create the perfect site for an enjoyable Fourth of July celebration. Commemorate America’s birthday in comfort and style with these tips for a memorable evening that shines long after the fireworks have faded.

Create a Delicious Drink Menu

Serve all-American iced tea and lemonade, or create a colorful red, white, and blue cocktail menu. Stick with classics like strawberry daquiris, pina coladas, and blue margaritas, Google drink recipes by color, or simplify things with the latest red white and blue layered cocktail.

Serve Up Family Favorites

Plan your cookout menu, including children’s favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs, alongside steak, ribs, lobster, and other sophisticated grilled dishes for adults. Don’t forget appetizers and side dishes. Prepare as much as you can in advance so you can spend more time enjoying the day with your family.

Feast on Festive Desserts

Red white and blue popsicles are always a hit with the kids. For the adults, a multilayered trifle with strawberries, blueberries, crisp shortbread cookies, and vanilla pudding makes for a light and sweet treat in the summer heat. 

Mix it Up

Create an Independence Day playlist featuring a mix of fun and patriotic songs, or simplify things with the help of a music streaming service, pumping tunes onto your covered patio using wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Dress Up Your Deck

Showcase the stars and stripes, decorating your deck with a multitude of small flags, festively themed windsocks, or banners. Create your own light show with a festive American flag net light display and coordinating red, white, and blue LED patio string lights.

Party Till the Sun Don’t Shine

While away the hours until the sun goes down beneath your adjustable louvered pergola. StruXure home pergolas give you complete control over your outdoor environment, so you never have to worry about a Denver area pop up shower. Built-in rain sensors respond on-demand, closing automatically at the first detection of rain to keep you comfortable and dry. Adjust louvers manually, electrically, using solar power, or the iLouver smartphone app, letting in the ideal amount of sun or shade throughout the day.

Maximize use of your outdoor space this summer and for every season to come. Learn more about custom louvered pergola systems from Denver Pergola Systems today.

This article was previously published at: https://denverpergolas.com/pergolas/planning-your-fourth-of-july-celebration/


10 Inspiring Ideas for Your Upcoming Soiree

pergola ideasHow to Design a Party Friendly Backyard  

How can you create a party-friendly patio space? Whether you’re looking to host a small group or a crowd, an entertainment friendly setup involves a variety of factors. From a  well-planned layout that allows for versatility and ease-of-use to inspiring lighting, comfortable seating, and multifunctional accessories, we’ve got the tips you need to ensure a spectacular shindig. 

These backyard setup ideas offer solutions that will work well whether you’re relaxing with your family or hosting a large group of friends and neighbors.

  1. Set up a multi-room outdoor space
    Dividing your backyard into multiple outdoor rooms provides ample space for entertaining and relaxing. You can accomplish this even in modestly sized yards, creating an area that feels expansive with multiple entertainment destinations. Design each to draw guests to a specific attraction, such as a kitchen, bar, dining terrace, cozy fire pit gathering area, and TV/entertainment space.
  2. Open up to the outdoor experience with expansive doors
    Large folding doors or sliders you can completely open to your outdoor space effectively double your entertainment area and imbue a more spacious feel.
  3. Provide shelter from the storm
    Inclement weather can kill the party vibe fast. Banish weather worries, adjusting to changes on the fly with an aluminum louvered pergola. Seal louvers for leakproof protection from the rain, engage shade protection when your guests need it most, or open up louvers to increase circulation, enjoying added sunlight and warmth beneath the comfort of your custom home pergola system.
  4. Add warmth with a fire feature
    Nothing is cozier than a soft, wraparound sofa or cushy chairs surrounding a welcoming gas fire pit. Choose light, movable seating options for the easy relocation of furnishing to accommodate larger or smaller events.
  5. Ensure comfort and ambiance
    The right patio and pergola accessories make all the difference. Adjustable pergola lighting and strip lighting around walkways and stairs create the perfect ambiance. Built-in patio heaters and fans ensure comfort, and motorized pergola screens keep pests at bay, creating an inviting, comfortable atmosphere that remains functional from season to season.
  6. Squeeze in extra seating
    If you have extra space, consider squeezing additional built-in seating into your outdoor design. Adding permanent seating where guests tend to congregate, such as surrounding your outdoor kitchen, is a smart way to create a hangout space and take advantage of the shelter beneath your adjustable louvered pergola.
  7. Maximize views
    For terrace seating, make the most of views with high top seating and tables. Your guests will love the unencumbered view while indulging in cocktails, hors doeuvres, and conversation.
  8. Add multifunctional flair
    Cube-shaped accent stools and other movable, multifunctional furniture such as crates and poufs deliver easy access to seating, doubling as side tables and storage for gear depending on the event.
  9. Stock your space in advance
    Cut down on trips into and out of your home/kitchen by stocking your patio in advance. Setups with full outdoor kitchens, including ample counter space, a sink, built-in fridge, and warming oven, make this infinitely easier.
  10. Consider kids
    If you are regularly hosting children, make sure your space is situated to allow unobstructed views of areas like stairs and water features, which could pose a danger, gating or fencing them as necessary. Consider adding a few kid-approved additions such as inflatable balls or bubbles. It only takes a few small flourishes to make a gathering child-friendly.

Don’t let your next backyard party run afoul. Create a versatile, enjoyable outdoor space with a custom aluminum pergola and the perfect accessories for entertaining. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to schedule a design consultation today.

This article was previously published at: https://denverpergolas.com/pergola-ideas/10-inspiring-ideas-for-your-upcoming-soiree/

Here’s Why You Hate Your Current Patio Shade: The Dreaded Umbrella

patio shadeIs your patio shade dangerous? Unsuspecting homeowners who impulse buy patio umbrellas often do not realize how useless – and hazardous – they are in the Denver area microclimate. Umbrellas result in thousands of injuries each year, from serious injuries to minor wounds that often go unreported.

A Burst of Wind Can Turn a Patio Umbrella Into a Dangerous Projectile 

Most people remain ignorant of umbrella dangers, failing to realize the problems of backyard patio umbrellas until a sudden gust of wind sends one flying. When they sail off into the sunset, the best-case scenario is chasing an umbrella through the neighborhood; the worst case, injury to unsuspecting children or elderly neighbors in the wrong place after an umbrella has been launched.

Umbrella Injuries Are No Laughing Matter 

Patio, beach, and rain umbrella injuries occur more often than people realize. Statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicate over 32,000 umbrella-related injuries nationwide between 2009-2018. Though many of these injuries are minor, some are quite grisly. People have been impaled, lost eyes, suffered brain injuries, and died as a result of flying umbrellas. Because of the frequency and severity of umbrella injuries, studies surrounding their dangers are growing as industries, and national safety groups seek to prevent umbrella-related events.

A Safer Alternative Patio Shade  

Because the jet stream filters strong winds through the Colorado mountains and foothills quite frequently, patio umbrellas are a poor solution for sun and rain protection on your patio. Fortunately, alternatives exist that can manage all the perils of the area climate. StruXure adjustable louvered pergolas are one of the safest backyard shelter solutions on the market, built to survive:

  • High, gusty mountain winds
    Constructed of high-tensile, fully-extruded aluminum, StruXure home pergolas are can easily manage Denver area weather. Structure aluminum pergolas provide the ultimate in weather protection, engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds, heavy snow loads, sleet, and hail, remaining safe and secure.
  • Pop-up thunderstorms & frequent hail
    It is fast and easy to adjust the louvers on your custom aluminum pergola when pop-up thunderstorms chase away the sun. Once louvers are closed, you’ll enjoy leak-free rain protection as the built-in gutters shuttle water away from your patio. With a lightweight but tough design, aluminum pergolas can even stand up to hail, retaining their beauty.
  • Harsh ultraviolet rays
    Colorado’s high altitude sun can quickly destroy unprotected structures and furnishings. With an Akzo Nobel powder-coated finish, StruXure aluminum pergolas can stand up to the harshest outdoor conditions, lasting as long as your home and protecting furnishings housed beneath.

In addition to standing up to the rigors of the Denver area climate, StruXure custom aluminum pergolas also offer smart pergola operation, allowing you to adjust pergola louvers via your smartphone or tablet to respond to changing weather conditions. On the go? Incorporate built-in wind or rain sensors into your motorized pergola system for on-demand response.   

Ensure safe shelter in your backyard with an aluminum louvered pergola. Contact Denver Pergola System to learn more about adding functional, versatile, secure shelter to your patio space today.

This article was previously published at: http://denverpergolas.com/adjustable-residential-pergolas/heres-why-you-hate-your-current-patio-shade-the-dreaded-umbrella/




Outdoor Kitchen Features For Your Pergola

kitchen featuresHow can you make hosting backyard events more convenient and enjoyable? If you are adding a new outdoor kitchen or updating your current design, accessorizing your outdoor space with a few specialty features can take your kitchen to the next level. Kitchen appliances and accessories that simplify prep, speed cooking, and deliver tasty, flavorful food will make your next get-together more enjoyable and efficient, supporting lively conversations and giving you more time to interact with guests.

What Specialty Features Could Take Your Outdoor Kitchen to the Next Level? 

Even if you don’t have the budget to incorporate all your favorites, running necessary electricity, gas, and water lines now, during your initial design or remodel, is best. This will ensure you’re setup for future installation when your budget permits, allowing you can achieve your dream outdoor kitchen design with these coveted features:

  • Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
    Wood-fired pizza ovens top the must-have list of foodies and aspiring chefs, providing a place to produce delicious homemade pizzas and roast meats. Just be sure to check local building codes before purchase – rules may make an electric or gas-powered model more feasible.
  • Two-sided Grill
    Two-sided grills give you more space for cooking multiple dishes simultaneously. They also offer added control over cooking temperatures in each zone of the grill, allowing you to cook some foods fast and others slow. Many models also offer dual-fuel, gas, and charcoal operation, giving you additional cooking flexibility.
  • Ceramic Grills & Smokers
    Ceramic grill/smoker combos combine the features of a grill, oven, and smoker into one space-efficient cooking unit.
  • Side Burner
    Easily prepare stovetop dishes outdoors with a side burner, reducing trips back into the house.
  • Griddle
    Fry eggs, bacon, pancakes, and breakfast potatoes in a snap on a built-in griddle, creating a new weekend breakfast tradition.
  • Warming Drawer
    If you’re cooking for a crowd, keeping food to temperature until everything is ready to serve can be a challenge. However, with a warming drawer, it’s a snap. Simply store prepared food at the desired temperature (from 85-215 F) until all accompaniments are ready to go.
  • Outdoor Fridge
    Eliminate indoor traffic with an outdoor fridge, keeping beverages and appetizers cold, fresh, and nearby on your patio.
  • Built-In Kegerator
    If you’re a beer connoisseur, a kegerator is a must-have, allowing you to serve cold beer without chilling and storing dozens of beer bottles deck-side.
  • Ice Maker or Ice Trough
    Outdoor icemakers eliminate the need for store-runs on party day. However, if your budget is small, a built-in ice trough will do the trick, providing a chic space to keep drinks cool.

Adjustable Pergola: The Cherry On Top of Your Dream Kitchen Design  

No outdoor kitchen is party-ready without shelter. The ultimate tool to ensuring an enjoyable outdoor experience, StruXure aluminum louvered pergolas allow you to create the ideal setting for your event. With 170-degrees of rotational flexibility, pergola system louvers can be adjusted to manage any weather, opening to let in the sun’s warmth on a cool spring morning, providing shade on a hot summer day, or sealing to provide complete rain protection. Entertain year-round with fans and patio heaters for comfort, built-in lighting for evening events, and motorized screens to banish pests.

Achieve your dream outdoor kitchen design, creating a party-ready kitchen with the help of Denver Pergola Systems. Contact us to schedule a design consultation for a custom aluminum pergola system today.

This article was previously published at: http://denverpergolas.com/patio-ideas/outdoor-kitchen-features-for-your-pergola/