Gazebos are considered to be outside constructions that are additions to houses and many of these, if square or rectangular in shape, are referred to as pergolas. Therefore, as these are very broad descriptions, the types can range vastly but here are a few pergola ideas that you may want to consider.
Obviously if you are having your pergola built by a contractor then your budget is probably your only limiting factor but many will prefer to get a pergola kit but those too can be of a wide variety, so assuming that you have decided on getting one in kit form, here are some pergola ideas> that are available.
At the more expensive end of choices you may want to consider a 10’x 14’ pergola made completely of thick and sturdy Douglas fir. This is a beautiful looking wood and comes fully treated with a double coating to ensure that it lasts. A kit like this includes the upright posts and cross beams for a trellis roof. Apart from perhaps being on the expensive side, the weight to be off loaded may be worth considering.
You could perhaps prefer a look of Italy with a pergola that has uprights made of re-enforced fibreglass which would come with a realistic stone design, giving the look of ancient Roman pillars. This again would be topped with a fully treated wooden trellis work for the roof. Although less weighty, this too could be a little price prohibitive.
In the mid-price range you may want to consider a pergola, again made of the beautiful Douglas fir, but this time with less bulky posts and beams. This can come in kit form with a lattice roof and one latticed side for protection from the sun. This kit may include some stainless steel parts that have less length of warranty than other parts may.
Another mid-price pergola could be one that is made from Eucalyptus hard wood. This is a good wood which having been correctly treated can last for a good many years. Although these kits claim to be able to be put up in just 2 hours, it may take longer unless you use power tools as well as the allen keys they provide.
If your requirement is for something that isn’t so big, you can get a kit which is known as a half room size pergola, which of course comes at half the price of some of the others. This would measure 4’x 10’and be made of Cedar. This type of pergola may be ideal for adding a little privacy to an outdoor hot tub.
Probably among the cheapest of the pergola ideas is one 7’x 7’and made of vinyl. Although this may be considerably cheaper than may other pergolas, it is light, east to assemble and also very easy to keep clean. The only draw-back with this type of pergola is that sometimes the u bolts provided can need replacing earlier than materials used in more expensive kits.