Column: Shade, and how the pergola won
That was the primary objective of this Zionsville home project and an oversized pergola was the ideal solution. Of course, we considered other ideas from huge cantilever umbrellas, forward thinking shade sails and even a formal roof structure. The pergola won.
Blazing sun, and a pergola solution
A southwestern exposure baked the back of the home and caused the ambitiously sized stamped concrete patio to be unusable on sunny afternoons. The kiddie pool, stainless steel grill and sleek, upscale furniture were taking a beating and showing early signs of potential sun damage. Kitchen, living room and the dining area windows all overlook the area, which was difficult to cool. A confident solution was imperative.
This 20’x20’ modern pergola design is completely custom and driven by the homeowner’s on-line research and desire for something different. It served as inspiration for our team to create a completely unique structure. Because of the location, a building permit was required.
Premium cedar 6”x6”x12’ standard posts were set in footers that were cut through the existing concrete patio. Large 2”x12” beams were jointed on the ends (instead of a more traditional overhang) in a clean fashion. An additional set of 2”x10” beams seem to float on top. To create an amazing volume of shade, two layers of overhead units were installed creating a heavy shade footprint underneath. The floating sensation is a very powerful architectural detail and fun to imagine.
Often, we are able to create shade escapes in a number of manners on the same project. Shade trees are very affective, but take a few years to cause impact. Pergolas are immediate. Throw in recessed blinds and a few umbrellas and often the problem is solved.
We are thrilled the homeowners are loving their newfound shady outdoor living space!