You’re in the middle of landscaping your new backyard, or maybe finally having the chance to revamp your old one. A big part of your plans is to add a backyard structure for that central and finishing piece. But how do you choose when there are so many options, styles, and colors? There are a few things you’re going to have to consider.
- Neighborhood: If you’re in any sort of neighborhood in, there are likely HOA restrictions or rules on what you can actually put in your yard. Make sure to double check what’s appropriate in structure and style before purchasing a backyard structure. Another thing to keep in mind is just what LOOKS good. Blending in with the rest of the neighborhood’s overall appearance is important, but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose something that still captures attention.
- Weather: Climate is definitely something to think about when choosing a backyard structure in. Wherever the structure is located, make sure that it will be able to stand on it’s own two feet in the environment and still look beautiful. Can it stand the heat, rain, snow, or whatever may come your yard’s way? I live in Utah and the weather is definitely a factor not to toss out the window. You can even use this to your advantage. That is, backyard structures do not have to be summer use only! If say you decide to have a pergola installed, this can double as a display for a Christmas nativity, or a Thanksgiving display. Keep this in mind when deciding if you want to position your structure where it can be visible from the road or whether you want it to be your own private display.
- Personal Style: The signature home style in my home state is the rambler. Make sure to select a Pergola, or Arbor, or whatever structure you decide upon, that is all your own. Obviously don’t forget the points above when it comes to blending with the neighborhood. However, your yard is one area that you can deviate to some degree as long as you stick with the covenants and ordinances of your area. Ask yourself, Do you like dark or light wood? Does it complement your neighborhood? Curves? Straight lines? Intricate or simple designs? Take into account the style that is already in your home. And above all, make sure whatever you choose is something that you’ll love for years to come and not something that’s just the current fad.
Now that you have some things to mull over in your mind, you are well on your way to choosing the perfect backyard structure for your location. The style of a backyard can tell you a lot about a person and their likes and dislikes, so making sure you choose the right central piece is vital. Lastly, when working on your backyard remember to just have fun! Your backyard is about to become exciting and beautiful!
Visit or call Western Timber Frame today for a free in home estimate. Hyrum Thompson is a general contractor located in Eagle Mountain, Utah. His company, Western Timber Frame, is Utah’s timber frame experts. Western Timber Frame specializes in timber pergolas and “green” energy efficient homes. Contact Western Timber Frame today and find out why they are the best contractor for Utah pergolas.
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