If you’re thinking of building a pavilion, or are working with one you already have, why would you want to add a pergola as well? Good question. In my opinion, a pavilion and a pergola are the perfect partners. One creates a solid, sturdy, room-like structure that protects from rain and sun (and is pretty easy to run electricity to, if you want to add fans, lights, or a kitchen setup), and the other adds style, beauty, and versatility. A pergola, with its open rafters, can be left as-is to let in the sun, or can be covered with fabric, vines, or other decorations. Pergolas can do amazing things when it comes to making a pavilion or gazebo fit and look natural in a landscape. But read on. We have some more reasons you should add a pergola to your pavilion, as well as some outdoor pavilion design ideas.
A pergola acts as a basic way to delineate a sitting area or ‘room’ outdoors, while a pavilion is a fully-covered gathering area, with a full roof and usually a concrete floor as well. When they’re built together, you can save a bit of time by using the pavilion as an anchor for your structure, essentially building a wall leaning type of pergola. Here are a few more benefits of building pergolas and pavilions together.
Of course, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when combining the two. First, you’re going to need a lot of space. If you have a large yard that you’re trying to fill up, this may be the ideal option for you. However, if your space is limited, you’ll need to consider that when you choose your design.
While you’ll need a bit of space to work with a combined pergola and pavilion, with a good customizable plan, you can likely find something that works for your yard. A few design options to consider include:
If you build the two together, you’ll find, like I have, that a pergola works to set off a pavilion and adds an additional layer of complexity with a stylish design. Of course, your design is only as good as the materials you use. I suggest using ACQ-treated lumber along with hardware that stands up to the elements. In my last project I went all-in, using lots of ornamental wood ties. They add a touch of style without a lot of work. After all, you’re going to have to use wood connectors anyway. Why not use some that also add a bit of flair? Good ornamental hardware, such as what you get from OZCO, isn’t just ornamental–it’s completely practical as well, made from thick, HDG steel and covered in a tough powder coat.
OZCO is a good place to go to get everything you need for a pergola or pavilion project, including wood ties (like timber screws, rafter clips, and post-to-beam supports), stains and sealers, and post bases. They even have a wide library of plans that you can use to create the perfect design, and their hardware is time-tested to stand up against the elements so you know your structures are safe and secure. When building both a pergola or pavilion or both, OZCO your best bet for a safe and beautiful outdoor living space.