Outdoor features and structures such as pergolas create cozy, functional, year-round spaces that extend a homes’ living space into their gardens. Because covered patios and decks have become a sought-after element among homebuyers, homes with covered structures tend to earn a higher resale price. In a sense, a wood pergola or other covered structure adds functional square footage to the home. After adding a covered outdoor structure, many homeowners find they enjoy the outdoors more frequently throughout the year. And in our seasonal Northeast climate, being able to enjoy the outdoors for more of the year is a huge plus.
Our process for adding a covered structure is as follows: First, we discuss the clients’ goals in building the pergola or patio cover. (There is no charge for this initial consultation.) Once we’re sure we understand the project thoroughly – as well as its budget – we suggest creative ideas that meet the needs and are on target cost-wise. If we can find a solution that sounds appealing we’ll provide a conceptual cost proposal including any design fees if applicable. Our design will include a spatial layout, proposed structural design, material choices, color options and permitting information. We can offer traditional plans and elevation drawings, but we are also able to deliver our ideas in a modern virtual 3D experience. We can even allow you to see what the outdoor structure will look like from “inside” your kitchen or living room.
From here, we revise our design to achieve a final plan that perfectly fits the homeowner’s needs. With the revised plan, we give firm costs and alternative cost options such as different material choices. The final proposal is very detailed to clearly set the expectations for both of us. With this information, clients are able to find the perfect combination for their needs and budget. Finally, our skilled craftsmen install the structure just as specified. We handle all the inspections, permits and subcontractors, if any. The design process can take anywhere from one to four weeks, and the average structure installation might take one to three weeks to complete. From there, you can begin enjoying your new outdoor living room and for years to come.