Think of adding an arbor for your backyard? Looking for a way to make an architectural statement in your outdoor home? Also known as a pergola, an arbor is a great addition to your outdoor design. An arbor is perfect when you want to enhance your garden, walkway or anywhere you feel the need to provide an attractive shade. You can even have an arbor for your terrace or pool to give shade to the direct heat of the sun. But of course, it also serves as a decorative structure.
The beauty that an arbor brings to your home design makes it so popular. In fact, it’s amazing how many beautiful designs you can have for your arbor. You will definitely have a design that will fit your preference. However, there are basic parts that arbor should have. Check out these tips on how to build an arbor for your backyard:
Work on your arbor base
The base is an essential part of the arbor. This should not take too much of the arbor area. As a rule of thumb, your base area should be smaller than you have in a patio seating area. The base should not dominate the intended area like the garden or pathway. However, the base should be presentable and stable.
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Choose your wooden horizontal beams
This structure will serve as the roof of your arbor. Although this is not like the roof of your home that restricts rain, this structure is good enough to provide a shade. The horizontal beams are arranged with a few inches gap in between. The space allows sunlight to pass through and give light to the area.
Here are some tips from BHG to build an arbor or a pergola.
Consider putting garden decor around your arbor.
Your arbor will look good as it is but the arbor is definitely better with decorative items surrounding the structure. You can install some decorative lighting fixtures on your base and horizontal beams. Other arbors are surrounded with plants for additional beauty.
There are also arbor kits you can buy if you’d like. We like these arbor kits!
You will definitely love the looks of your exterior with an arbor installed in your backyard. It’s a beautiful addition to your existing structure outdoor.
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