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April 22, 2020| Lester Yat

Pergola or Portico?

A pergola sort of goes hand in hand with a deck, depending on how a building owner decides to utilize it.

As for a pergola, it is a garden or backyard feature that offers shading or a passageway in certain instances. It can be an extension of a house or living space that opens up to a wider area, perhaps like a terrace or walkway. Or perhaps they link things like pavilions.

The Latin terms stands for a projecting eave, which makes sense once you see it. It is bigger in height and scope than a deck or just the general ground. Modern-day pergolas are made of wood, fiberglass and aluminum, as opposed to older methods like brick or stone pillars because the former is more affordable.

Pergolas can be customized as well because of how it’s designed. An owner could hang a light or chandelier from the top of the pergola for artificial light during summer nights, or perhaps the use of a pergola could act as an accent rather than a main feature. This can be accomplished by limiting the amount of space dedicated to it, creating an interesting backdrop that adds to the conversation but does not completely overtake it.

Different architecture and designs make pergolas individualized, including adding fabric (perhaps on a line, similar to drapes) or using different architectural styles like overlapping wood frames. Colors can really highlight a backyard, too.

Then there’s a portico, which is a porch that leads to the entrance of a building whose walkway is covered by a large roof. Famous porticos include the Pantheon of Greece and one at the United States Capitol.

On the other side of the building as a deck or pergola, a portico is situated in front of a home and offers style, substance and practicality. Often situated on the front porch, covering the front door, it is almost like an extended roof.

Home porticos don’t need to render classic Greek or Roman architecture, either. They can be modified to fit current housing trends, taking the feasibility of the initial design and creating an updated one that takes into account the building owner’s preferred tastes.

That is accomplished by using modern geometric lines and materials to stand out, simultaneously improving a building’s façade for present and future value. Maybe a portico can lead to a deck, and a hot tub or sofa is sitting under the roof. Eating outside can become easier as well with the extra shade, comfort and privacy.

There is never a shortage of what can be done to make a building more desirable, notably on the outside. That way even if people don’t physically go inside a building, they can still enjoy the view and the amenities.