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Pergolas and Shade Structures

Shade for decks and pools that looks great, too

What Is a Pergola?

Pergolas are great shade solutions for areas that get hit with direct sunlight, like walkways and pools, or pergolas on decks.

A pergola is generally characterized by the supporting columns or posts, with rafters spanning overhead at intervals that allow sunlight to filter through. This allows you to maintain an unobstructed view while enjoying your shade. Pergolas can be freestanding, but you’ll often see pergolas on decks or attached to houses.

Smaller freestanding pergolas and arbors are often used along paths to add drama to the landscaping. Plants and flowering vines can be trained to grow up and over the pergola, providing even more shade.

For more on the purposes of pergolas, check out our blog post!

Structures to provide shade and privacy.

What Is a Pavilion?

Pavilions are similar to pergolas, but offer much more protection from the elements. They are traditionally square or rectangle, and have an enclosed roof and floor. For some inspiration to feed your imagination, see one of our projects called the, “Perfect Party Hosting Deck.”

Custom Arbor, Pavilion and Pergola Designers

We specialize in custom-designed shade structures, and building pergolas, arbors, and gazebos from the ground up. We think of these beautiful and functional shade structures as works of art.

We've designed everything from small, freestanding pergolas and pavilions, to giant pergolas with stone pillars designed to shade massive areas. As professional pergola designers, we can customize all the components to fit the architectural look and function you need, whether you need to cool off a hot outdoor kitchen, add interest to your dining area, or build a shade structure for your deck.

When building a pergola or other shade structure, you can choose from many different materials, including:

  • Cedar
  • Redwood
  • Low-maintenance PVC materials
  • Treated lumber

We will help you find the best pergola design and material for your unique style and needs. If you are considering adding anything from a shade structure for deck living or a pergola by your pool, please contact us! We will help you find the perfect solution for your needs.

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Pergolas and Shade Structures Sample Projects

Curved Low Maintenance Pergola



Japanese Garden Deck


Solon, Ohio area

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