Find the Perfect Pergola Size for You

Oak frame pergola

A pergola will enhance your outdoor living space, allowing for pockets of shade and a dedicated area to decorate and accessorise how you wish. Finding the right size is important, enabling you to ensure it fits properly in your garden – and looks good doing it.  Too small and you may struggle to fit your furniture under it. Too big and your outdoor living space could end up looking overcrowded. At The Porch Specialist, we have been designing and crafting oak-framed pergolas for customers in the UK for years. Our builds are made bespoke to…

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Perfect Pergola Seating Ideas That Will Enhance Your Outdoor Living

Frame Outdoor Kitchen And Dining Area Under A Pergola At The Spa

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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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?

3d Illustration Of Modern Urban Patio With White Bio Climatic Pe

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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