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A pergola to call your own

by Pete Sell
| June 25, 2010 9:00 PM

With summer weather quickly approaching, you may be considering ways to spend more time outdoors at home and at the same time, trying to figure out how to beat the daytime heat and enjoy the cool evening breezes. Adding a pergola structure to your patio may be the solution you're looking for.

Pergolas can be either free-standing or built attached to an existing structure. With a large variety of styles, materials and colors available, each pergola is custom built to enhance the existing surroundings and are just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life.

Historically, pergolas were common features of Italian gardens, most often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used to frame a focal point in your yard. Add a climbing plant like wisteria and your pergola will provide natural color and shade as well.

When deciding on a pergola structure that will best suit your landscape, lifestyle and budget, it's best to call on a professional builder to give you advice and even a free estimate. Having a professional guide you through the process will save you money and time in the long-term as they can best advise you on the materials and structure that will withstand the elements.

"Our pergolas are always built using integrity, craftsmanship, quality materials and are affordable," said Pete Sell, owner of Sell Builders a local contractor specializing in pergola structures. "Each pergola we construct is custom built to fit the home. They are a great way to create shade, offer a great place for enjoying family and add character to your home."

Locally owned and operated, Sell Builders specializes in pergolas and other outdoor features such as decking, siding and framing.

Pete Sell can be contacted at (208) 691-9757.

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