Get a New Pergola This Summer

Pergolas designed and built by Miles Bradley

Add more elegance to your life. Get a pergola addition to your home today!

If you’ve never experienced the luxury and bougieness of a pergola, you’re missing out! Pergolas are a beautiful way to increase your outdoor living space. In addition to beautiful design, they also provide a shady garden feature to walkways, decks, or outdoor sitting areas.

While we may highlight the practical uses, adding a pergola to your home will increase your home’s resale value in the long run. If you’re unsure of what a pergola is, let us explain them. Pergolas are known by their vertical pillars that support either cross beams or open lattice. The most common sight on a Pergola is climbing vines, hanging lights, or curtains, all of which make the pergola stand out and look beautiful. 

Why should I get a pergola?

Pergolas are wonderful because not only do they enhance your outdoor space, but they are also functional as well. They add an extra usable space on your deck or garden that can provide a layer of shade between you and the hot summer sun. If your Pergola is big enough, entertaining your guests in a cozy and warm environment will make your next dinner party feel fabulous. Being able to lounge under the shade on your porch or back deck is a wonderful feeling. In addition to letting you be outside longer and more comfortably, pergolas add more to your home’s value as well.

Pergola Vs.Gazebo Vs. Arbor vs. Trellis Vs. Lattice

Pergola Vs. Gazebo

The biggest difference between a gazebo and a pergola is that gazebos are almost always shaped like an octagon with a roof over top. Pergolas do not have covered roofs and are generally square with exposed beams.  

Pergola Vs. a Trellis

A Trellis is different from a pergola in that it consists of latticework that is attached to a structure for vines to climb on. Whereas a pergola has larger columns and (most popularly) have horizontal planks of wood on top.

Pergola Vs. Arbor

Arbors are small archways that can be used for climbing plants to use as lattice as they grow. While pergolas and arbors both have the same vine climbing feature, pergolas are much biggest and more structurally sound.

No matter what kind of structure you’re looking for in your backyard Miles Bradley can help! We have been building pergolas, gazebos, and trellises for our clients in South East Michigan for over 25 years. We’ve had clients from Brighton, Livonia, to Farmington Hills and Southfield. So why wait? Get a free quote on your next project today!

Deck Accessories

Make Your Deck Look Amazing!

We’ve got some ideas from Pintrest, magazines, and even some clients we’ve had in the past to put together a list of cool ways you can spruce your deck up!

Accessorize!

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

Fun little nook for entertaining guests

Of course the best way to get your deck to look and feel great is to add places to lounge and host guests on. Chairs, tables, patio furniture, a grill, and other places to hang out are key to enjoying your deck. Once you have these items in place, you can fully enjoy your deck and the summer weather. Make sure when purchasing outdoor furniture that you are getting items that can withstand the elements and are specifically made to be outdoors.

Plants do the trick

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Adding potted plants to your deck will help create a real sense of awe. Plants will do well out on your outdoor space, and give your deck some of the life that it needs. You’d be surprised what a few potted plants and flowers can do for the feel of a space. Trust us you can’t go wrong.

 

Fire Place, Fire Pit, or Chiminea

Gas powered fire place is the cherry on top of a great custom 3 seasons room

Gas powered fire place is the cherry on top of a great custom 3 seasons room

One of the things that no deck or outdoor space should be without is a place to have a fire. There isn’t much more relaxing than enjoying company outside with a good fire going. Little fire pits or chimineas will help keep your fire contained and manageable. Always make sure to check local ordinances for fire burning policies or make sure to alert your local fire department any time you want to have a fire. Safety first!

Space for upgrades

deck, privacy gate

Composite Privacy Wall And Gate

When planning your deck, what is your ideal situation? We’ve had clients in the past who wanted to make sure they could add additional features to their deck in the future if need be. Hot tubs, pergolas, and gazebos could be in your future if you want it, so make sure you think in the long term when building your ideal deck. (If you need a hot tub or other water add ons we recommend checking out Viscount pool and Spa)

Lighting

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This one is great for when you want to extend your time out on your deck until late hours of the night. Don’t leave your guests sitting in the dark, especially if you have a multi level deck or stairs. Adding some lighting will not only help set the mood, but also give added safety features that you’ll need to enjoy your deck into the evening

If you’ve always wanted a deck, or your current deck needs an upgrade, we can help! We know how to create a custom unique outdoor space that you’ve always wanted. We’ll even sweeten the deal! We are currently running a special on deck lighting for your new deck. We install a new deck, and you get a free set of six rail lights that include a photo / cell timer.

So why wait! Summer is almost here and you should be enjoying it! Click here for a  free quote on your next deck project from Miles Bradley!

Make Your Gazebo or Pergola Stand Out This Winter

Pergolas and gazebos are becoming more popular additions to add value to your home. Have you recently had a pergola or gazebo added to your deck or yard in Michigan? If so, you may be wondering how you can decorate it for the winter. There are many creative decorating ideas for pergolas or creative decorating ideas for gazebos that will turn heads. Of course without any work at all, the wood stain against Michigan’s bright white snow is beautiful in itself, here are some simple additions that will  truly make your pergola or gazebo stand out.

Gazebo Lightinggazebo lighting

Adding simple holiday lighting to your pergola or gazebo will create a stunning ambiance that will illuminate your structure. Whether you select a basic white lighting or other color, it will reflect beautifully off of accumulated snow. Because of the unique structure of your custom pergola or custom gazebo, your lighted snow covered gazebo or pergola is sure to produce a great photo op!

Greenery

Whether you go with a faux garland or choose real evergreen, you will create a stunning contrast to your pergola or gazebos finish. Garland can be wrapped around the posts of the bottom of your gazebo of pergola, or draped from the roof. You may also choose to incorporate your lighting into your greenery by twisting it around as you would for holiday decorations. Some even add red bows in the center of draping or at the top of posts wrapped in garland to really add a holiday touch.

Whether or not you choose to decorate your gazebo or pergola is completely up to you. Check out some of the awesome winter decoration ideas for pergolas or winter decoration ideas for gazebos that we have found on Pinterest.

If you haven’t contacted us to have a pergola or gazebo added to your home, its not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to schedule your pergola construction or gazebo construction in Michigan. With off season building you can save up to 20% on your project! Contact Miles Bradley today for more information.

 

Get a Gazebo Built Before Spring!

Do you have a big backyard with a little too much open space in it? Maybe you want a place near your garden to sit and admire it from up close, or somewhere outdoors to host summer dinner parties or family get-togethers in, especially if you have people flowing out of your house during reunions already. If this is your line of thinking then a gazebo might be right up your alley!

Totally customizable, the deck building professionals at Miles Bradley can build your gazebo with or without a copula and top it off with whatever style of roof you prefer, including but not gazebo-938161-mlimited to:

  • Bell Shape
  • Double Stacked
  • Slotted
  • Square

As always, you can choose whatever type of wood you want your gazebo to be built out of and we can also add screen or storm windows if you’d prefer, so you have a place to hide if you get stuck outside during a storm! And, did you know that high quality wood or composite gazebos from Miles Bradley can add value to your Michigan property? A gazebo equipped with lighting, seating, or other accessories is almost like another room in your house!

From a place to shelter your hot tub to somewhere to relax with family and friends and enjoy nature, there are endless ways to enjoy a gazebo in Michigan! Being that springtime is still a few months away, you still have time to save cash by having your gazebo built during the off-season. Don’t wait until spring or summer when our deck building professionals have job after job lined up. Contact us to get your gazebo built now, for less money and in less time!