FUNCTIONAL LANDSCAPING TIP #6 THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURES
One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space
A big part of making your property more usable is creating spaces that draw people out into your backyard. One way to do this is by adding a structure (e.g. pergola) to the space to create a third dimension. Pergolas have an open beam structure, so they do not have a solid roof, but still give a sense of enclosure and provide a measure of shade depending on the design.
A properly designed pergola can become the focal point of your landscape, whereby anchoring a corner and inviting people to visit it. They can be designed to provide screening to create privacy or block wind and, once inside the structure, it can become a place where you can overlook your garden. By incorporating a swing seat, hammock, or other comfortable furniture, these backyard ideas easily become your favourite retreat for reading or relaxation when a simple break is needed from a more active area of your landscape.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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