Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends.
When was the last time you ate in your own backyard? Did you have to use rocks to hold the tablecloth down from the wind, wear sunglasses to see your own plate and shield the food from bugs and dirt? A pergola provides the perfect combination of style and