Extend Your Home with a Deck and a Pergola

pergola addition-2The right pergola could be a game-changer for the functionality of your home. Carefully designed, it can provide the added space your family needs for daily life, and serve as the perfect backdrop for family barbecues, birthdays, and holiday celebrations.

Tips for Designing the Ideal Outdoor Space

  • Set the Stage with the Right Hues
    To create a harmonious transition from indoors to out, choose color tones for decking and furnishings that complement your home’s color palette. Pro tips for the perfect combination include:
    • Selecting a tone for your deck that contrasts interior floors.
    • Pairing deck tones with that of your home’s exterior siding.
    • Choosing surfaces that will resist heat and fading, such as gray and light browns.
    • Splurging on low-maintenance, durable finishes. Finishes that will not require frequent repainting, staining or sealing allow you to spend more time relaxing outdoors (rather than performing maintenance duties).


  • Open the Door to Added Living Space
    Blur boundaries with doors that allow you to transform your living space and open up views instantly. Which door setup is best for your design?
    • Classic – French Doors
      The classic lines of French doors provide a 6-foot opening. Designer note: Be mindful of compensating for door swing in your design.
    • Modern – Multi-Slide Doors
      These doors slide open in different directions, depending on your needs.
    • Expansive Views – Bi-Fold Doors
      Bi-fold doors stack to allow for expansive, uninterrupted views. However, you’ll require a 9-ft storage spot for stacked doors.


  • Add Shelter to Maximize Enjoyment & Use of the Space
    Without adequate shelter, weather can quickly put an end to outdoor activities. Flexible shelter is paramount to the usefulness of your outdoor living addition. Integrating a multifunctional, sleek StuXture adjustable aluminum pergola allows you to enjoy your outdoor space in any weather. Open louvers take full advantage of the sun’s warmth, dial-in the perfect amount of shade, or fully close louvers for complete precipitation protection with the click of a remote control or swipe of a smartphone.


  • Create Rooms
    Mimic interior design, creating an outdoor layout with designated cooking, dining, and living areas to meet your family’s unique interests and needs. Today’s most popular outdoor living additions include:
    • Fully functional outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, cooktop, smoker, fridge, sink, storage, and more.
    • Cozy living area with built-in seating, cushy chairs and pillows, and rugs for comfort.
    • Football or movie zone with outdoor TV or pop-up projector screen additions.
    • Outdoor bath or spa retreat.
    • Private reading nook.
    • Workout zone for adults.
    • Customized play area for the kids.


  • Don’t Overlook Essential Details
    Avoid cookie-cutter selections, personalizing your outdoor living design with custom features including built-in lighting, ceiling fans, infrared heaters, retractable screens and curtains, and more. These essential accessories allow you to extend outdoor enjoyment into the evening and throughout each season, maximizing your outdoor living investment.   Blend your outdoor design seamlessly into your home with custom pergola colors and trim, including corbel ends, architectural columns, faux wood wraps, and more, creating a space ideally suited to your family and home.

Running out of room? Set the stage for a space that is an irresistible extension of your home with the help of the outdoor living experts at Denver Pergola Systems. Create a multifunctional outdoor space as stunning as the interior of your home. Contact our design professionals to learn more today.

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Now’s the Time to Add an Outdoor Pergola Addition!

pergola additionWhile most homeowners are battening down the hatches for the upcoming winter season, savvy homeowners are already looking towards next summer. They understand now is the ideal time to plan the outdoor pergola addition for an outdoor space their family will enjoy next season.

Why is Fall the Ideal Time for an Outdoor Pergola Addition?

Home designers and industry insiders are already forecasting the hottest outdoor living trends for the coming year. Beginning an outdoor living addition in the fall offers clever homeowners the chance to take advantage of these latest ideas and product offerings. The advanced planning allows for the creation of a truly unique and jaw-dropping Pergola addition that will be the envy of the neighbors in the coming spring and summer season. Because the design process for a detailed, customized outdoor living addition takes time, planning and scheduling, it is essential to begin the creation of your new outdoor space in the fall.

What Outdoor Living Trends Are Standing Out for the Coming Season?

  • Outdoor Kitchens
    Goodbye, lonely patio grill. Today’s outdoor spaces are sporting fully-furnished kitchens with features such as burners, pizza ovens, griddles, sinks, refrigerators, bar stations, outdoor pantries, dishware storage, and hidden trash compartments.
  • Deck, Porch & Patio Combos
    Can’t decide between a deck or patio? Why not go for both? Complex spaces that combine decks, porches, and patios are the latest trend in outdoor living space designs. This design not only creates a luxury feel and fascinating profile but gives homeowners multiple ways to make use of and enjoy outdoor space.
  • Interesting Deck Designs
    Gone are the days of run-of-the-mill rectangular deck designs. Today’s outdoor living spaces are sporting unique shapes like curves and polygons.
  • Multi-Level Spaces
    Elevated decks are coming to the forefront, with classic 2-story outdoor areas featuring a sundeck above and deck or porch below. In single-story designs, raised dining areas and lowered seating areas are defining spaces to create amazing new backyard profiles.
  • High-Tech Shelter
    Instead of being stuck with fixed roof profiles as in years passed, today’s outdoor shelter is multifunctional and high-tech. StruXture adjustable aluminum pergolas lead the industry in cutting-edge pergola design, allowing homeowners to take advantage of the outdoors in any weather scenario. Open up louvers to fully indulge in the sun, adjust to deliver the perfect amount of shade, or close to seal out rain and snow. With so many accessories  the customization possibilities are nearly limitless.
  • Stonework
    Stone accent walls and columns, stone fireplace surrounds, and other masonry features are increasingly making their way into today’s outdoor living designs.
  • Reclaimed Materials
    Historic touches like reclaimed barn wood and authentic bourbon barrels are being integrated into outdoor furnishings, creating unique, more personalized outdoor spaces.

Don’t let the coming outdoor living season pass you by. Seize the day and enjoy the outdoors. Contact a designer at Denver Pergola Systems and devise your dream outdoor living space today.


This article was previously published at:  http://www.denverpergolas.com/nows-the-time-to-add-an-outdoor-pergola-addition/