Pergolas are unique in that they really don’t protect you from any of the natural elements (no walls and barely a roof), but instead they define an architectural space in the outdoors. Making them perfect for a picnicking spot, a simple bench, or an afternoon with a special someone.
Pergolas have been around for centuries, most notably as a staple of Italian Renaissance walking gardens that continue to endure today. They’re often covered with vines or crawling plants and would make a perfect addition to certain backyards.
If this peaks your interest, go ahead and check out this easily adaptable design from Popular Mechanics that comes with 3D animation and master-level blueprints.