Pergola, pergola

While our first focus is going to remain on the front of the house, putting our best face forward in a literal sense of the phrase, we don’t want to neglect the back yard this summer. In fact, in some ways, the improvements we want to bring to our back patio will be even more welcome than those we plan for our front porch and lawn. We love our barbecue, we love our garden, and our summer plans are full of lazy evenings with burgers around a patio table.

Unfortunately, at the moment, our patio is far from being a relaxing space. 
Admittedly, this is a very old picture that doesn’t actually give you the best sense of what the space looks like at the moment. There may or may not be an old door stuck over the window, an available scrap used to board it up when we decided to leave it out of our bathroom plans. There’s a few cheap patio chairs scattered around and scraps of wood and renovation mess against the garage. It’s just… not pretty. 
Thankfully, we have vision. 
We’d love to do away with the patio stones and lay down some beautiful interlocking brick. We’d love a proper fence to cut our view off from the side of our neighbour’s badly chipped garage wall. (This will involve bringing in a surveyor to remove any confusion about where his property line ends and ours begins.) Most importantly, we’d love to fill the space between our garage and the edge of our property with outdoor living space. Specifically,
Ana Williamson Architect traditional patio
In the process of my research, I’ve learned that these overhead trellises of vines are called pergolas. So, it’s official. We want a pergola stretched over our patio space. Preferably, we will fill the space beneath it with a nice long dining table, or maybe an outdoor sofa or two. It will be a comfortable place, perfect for relaxing in dappled sunshine, watching the garden grow, nibbling on fresh greens and juicy burgers. 
image via My Paradissi via Mirabeau
There is a possibility that I am highly idealistic. 
Strike that.
I am highly idealistic. 
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