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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
So, you’ve just bought a new home in Farmington Hills and everything about it is beautiful. It has everything you’ve ever wanted in a home. A huge cherry blossom tree in your front yard, the trim around your windows, the white brick fireplace, the finished basement, the masonry chimney, the fluorescent lighting around your deck. Everything that makes your dream home perfect is displayed right before your very own eyes. But, something is missing–and you know it. What could it be?
Adding a trellis, pergola, or columns would make a great addition to your backyard. Not only are they versatile, but they add a certain elegance to your yard and home. They provide shade, privacy, and add to the value of your home. We give out custom quotes to many homeowners in places like Novi, Brighton, and Farmington Hills!
If you need a few more reasons why a trellis and/or pergola would be an excellent addition to your home, we can think of a few!
Trellis fences are very popular features in many gardens. The fence is actually made up of a lattice architectural framework that consists of either wood, metal or vinyl. Trellis can be installed independently, with help of cement, or attached to something already in place. This type of fence provides a simple, yet chic look to your garden and yard. Some advantages of having a trellis are:
Pergolas are crafted with beams and support posts to help break up the sunlight of spring or summer. With its airy feel to it, they provide an inviting space which allows for people to relax, dine or admire the view. Pergolas can also be decorated with fabric or hanging planters to give it a “pop”. A few advantages of pergolas are:
If you are currently looking for a company to install your trellis or pergola in the Brighton, Novi or Farmington Hills area, please do not hesitate to contact Miles Bradley. We would be honored to help make your dream home that much more elegant. We’ll even give you a free quote so you can plan!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
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!
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.