Pergola Planning Permission in the UK

Oak frame pergola

Planning permission is an important part of any building process when it comes to enhancing or extending your property. Depending on the scale of your project, you will either need to make a planning application, or you may be able to avoid applying for planning permission if your build is within the specific limits of Permitted Development. As experts in oak and timber construction with a speciality in pergolas and porches, we are able to produce a wide range of kits that can be created to your exact specifications, and that only requires minimal maintenance…

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All You Need to Know About Garden Gazebo Planning in the UK

Gazebo as garden room

Garden gazebos are becoming more commonly sought after for garden and deck spaces in the UK. The Porch Specialist offers a range of oak gazebos which can be created to your exact specifications with help from our expert designers and craftsmen from start to finish.  Along with the design of your garden gazebo, you also need to consider whether the gazebo that you wish to install will require planning permission. For specific dimensions and locations, you may require gazebo planning permission before installation.If you are unsure, please contact a member of our team today for…

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Perfect Pergola Seating Ideas That Will Enhance Your Outdoor Living

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A pergola will enhance your experience of your outside area, providing a separate garden sanctuary that can even be a multifunctional space. One of the best ways to make full use of your pergola is by installing a seating area. This doesn’t just have to be a few quickly chosen chairs. We’ve compiled this creative guide to different garden pergola seating ideas for small pergolas, large pergolas, and everything in between. Our 7 Favourite Pergola Seating Area Ideas You’ll be able to maximise the enjoyment with this pergola seating design inspiration without having to undertake…

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The Best Gazebo Ideas For a UK Garden

Empty Wooden Gazebo In Summer In The Park

A gazebo can be a stylish and functional space within your garden, used for relaxation, entertainment, dining, and more. Whether looking to install a gazebo within your garden or decorate an existing one, you’ll have a variety of choices to make. In this guide to gazebo ideas from The Porch Specialist, we’ll explain the essential decisions you can make, from the design of your gazebo to its decoration, and finally what you’ll be using it for. Gazebo Design Ideas A gazebo is a long-standing tradition in garden design, occurring within the stately gardens of England…

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Pergola VS. Gazebo: What is the Difference?

Pergolas and gazebos are both garden structures that greatly enhance any outdoor space, providing shelter and shade as well as decorative flair. Both structures will allow for dedicated space in your outside area that offers weather protection so you can enjoy the garden even if the elements are against you.  If you’re looking to install an outdoor structure in your garden but aren’t sure which route to go down, we’ve got you covered. Here, we explain the key differences between pergolas and gazebos so you can make an informed decision about which is right for…

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The Perfect Pergola Plants for Beautiful Coverage

Blooming bush of red climbing roses in the garden.

If you’re looking for a way to further enhance your pergola, pergola plants are the perfect addition. Transform the simple crossbeam structure of your pergola with blossoming canopies and intricate climbers to make a plant paradise in your outdoor space. Cultivating gorgeous pergola plants is just one of our many stylish garden pergola ideas. Here, we break down the best pergola plant ideas, including climbing plants, hanging plants, pot plants and even artificial plants so you can choose the best plants to grow or choose for your garden. Our Favourite Pergola Plant Ideas The Best…

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What is a Pergola and What Are Their Benefits?

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If you’re thinking about garden design or ways to transform your outdoor area, you’ll likely have come across the term ‘pergola’.  But what is a pergola? As expert builders of structures like porches and pergolas, we know a thing or two about them. We’ve compiled this guide to explain exactly what a pergola is, a pergola’s benefits, how much pergolas cost to build, and how they can enhance your outside space. You may be surprised at just how much there is to learn about them. What Is a Pergola? A pergola is a structure that…

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Pergola Roof Ideas for Added Shelter With Style 

Pergolas are all the rage in garden design.  A beautiful addition to any outside area, a pergola allows for a separated space dedicated to cool shade and attractive design. The traditional pergola, whether fixed or free-standing, comes with slats and beams instead of a roof. This allows for dappled sunlight and cool breezes to grace you through the cleverly designed gaps. But when the sunlight is harsh, or even if there’s summer rain, you may find yourself wanting more protection from your pergola.  As experts on garden buildings and pergola structures, we’ve compiled these fantastic…

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Pergolas on Decks: Everything You Need to Know

You’ve got your decking area all sorted in your garden, but it’s got something missing. Something to add a beautiful finishing touch to enhance its design and bring a sense of cohesiveness.  The perfect addition to your decking is a pergola. A pergola can provide a sanctuary area of cooling shade and add a delicate decorative aspect to your garden. It’s a beautiful structure that can separate an area on your decking for a particular purpose. A cosy reading nook, a gathering space, a relaxing space: the possibilities are endless! Pergolas can be relatively simple…

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7 Stylish Garden Pergola Ideas

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Pergolas are a popular garden feature, used for relaxation, work, and socialising. If you are looking to install a pergola within your garden, or looking for new ways to decorate your pergola, our guide features 7 great ideas for making the most of a garden pergola. Whether looking for style, comfort, or function, our range of pergola ideas showcases just how adaptable a garden pergola can be. Alongside these garden design ideas, you’ll find some of the best choices for plants and lighting on a pergola. Installing a Pergola Over Decking Installing your new pergola…

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