Blog / How to Build the Perfect Pergola

A pergola offers shade to humans and plants while helping to separate spaces and bring a community area to a yard. 

But for as relaxing as it can be to sit underneath one, building a pergola isn’t so tranquil. Pergolas are often built from heavy materials that must be installed high in the air. Typically a foundation is also laid underneath. 

Below are some tips for how to build the perfect pergola so you can spend more time relaxing and less time hard at work. 


By budgeting and pricing out the materials and labor you need, you can ensure you won’t be left cutting corners and making sacrifices near the completion of the project. 

Pick your spot

Location can be critical when it comes to your house, and the same holds true for your pergola. Take the following things into consideration when choosing a spot on your property for a pergola:

  • Convenient access to the back or side door to your home.
  • The right mix of sunlight and shade.
  • An area free of water drainage issues. 
  • A spot that offers a pleasant view. 
  • Away from traffic or neighborhood noise. 

Pick your style

Pergolas come in a variety of styles and materials. Choose one that fits your taste, blends well with the rest of your home and property, is appropriate for your climate, and fits your budget. 

Know your size 

The perfect pergola is the perfect size. Know your limits. Don’t leave yourself with something too small to fully enjoy, but don’t interfere too much with the rest of your yard, either. Make sure to leave enough room for a grill, hammock, or anything else you plan to accommodate. 

Consider the help of a professional

When done right, a pergola can offer a place to relax and entertain for years to come and add considerable value to your home. But a pergola is anything but a simple job, and the best chance to build a perfect one is usually to hire professional help. Redwood Land Design offers services that include pergolas and other patio design in Raleigh, North Carolina, and surrounding areas.

Schedule Your Consultation

The first step in building the perfect pergola is to schedule a free consultation with the team at Redwood Land Design. We will personally visit your property and discuss every detail to help you build the perfect pergola that you’ll enjoy for years to come. 

Your perfect pergola awaits with Redwood Land Design.