Historical Appeal and Modern Innovations

The Beauty and Functionality of Pergolas

When envisioning a perfect outdoor space, the concept of a Pergola often springs to mind. This architectural feature not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of a garden, patio, or backyard but also offers a versatile solution for shade, privacy, and extending the living areas of our homes. At Smart Patio Plus, we view pergolas as a canvas upon which each homeowner’s unique tastes and lifestyle can be reflected, thereby maximizing the enjoyment of their outdoor environments.

Historical Appeal and Modern Innovations

The charm of a Pergola is timeless, tracing back to Italian Renaissance gardens where they first gained popularity. However, today’s pergolas, like the StruXure systems we specialize in, have evolved far beyond their ancient origins. They embody a marriage of historical elegance and cutting-edge technology, allowing for a personalized outdoor experience. This fusion ensures that while the classic allure of pergolas is retained, the functionality they offer is unparalleled–adjustable to provide just the right amount of sunlight or shade, or even protection from rain, at the touch of a button.

Versatile Designs for Every Style

Customization at Its Core

One of the most compelling aspects of modern pergolas, particularly the StruXure system, is their adaptability. Each unit is custom-built, designed to complement the architectural style of any home, from the ultra-modern to the historically inspired. With a range of colors and materials, including sustainable, fully extruded aluminum, these structures seamlessly integrate with any outdoor decor, ensuring a cohesive and harmonious design.

Integration with Technology

Beyond mere aesthetics, the Smart Patio Plus pergolas incorporate advanced technology for ease of use and comfort. With motorization powered by Somfy RTS® Technology and compatibility with home automation systems like Alexa, achieving the perfect balance of sun and shade is as simple as speaking a command or pressing a button. This level of control extends the usability of outdoor spaces, making them accessible and enjoyable across seasons.

Benefits of Installing a Pergola

The addition of a Pergola to your outdoor space is not just about enhancing its beauty. It serves multiple functional benefits that transform how you interact with your outdoor environment.

  • Shade and Comfort: Provides relief from the direct sun while allowing natural light, creating a comfortable outdoor living space.
  • Extended Living Space: Acts as an extension of your home, offering a new area for dining, relaxation, or entertainment.
  • Privacy: With the addition of drapes or lattice work, offers a secluded retreat within your garden or patio.
  • Increased Property Value: A well-designed Pergola can enhance the overall value of your property, making it more attractive to potential buyers.

Creative Applications and Personal Touches

Beyond the Traditional

While pergolas are traditionally associated with gardens and backyards, their application has broadened. Commercial spaces, restaurants, and public gardens have adopted pergolas, particularly the StruXure system, to create comfortable, inviting outdoor areas for clients and visitors. The versatility and durability of modern pergolas make them an ideal choice for both residential and commercial applications.

Adding a Personal Touch

A Pergola becomes truly yours when you add personal touches. Be it through the choice of material, color, or the addition of greenery and lighting, these structures offer endless possibilities for customization. Climbing plants like wisteria, roses, or vineyards can add a lush, natural feel, while innovative lighting solutions create a cozy ambiance for evening gatherings.

Choosing the Right Pergola for Your Space

Deciding on the perfect Pergola involves considering several factors, including size, style, material, and functionality. At Smart Patio Plus, we pride ourselves on our consultative approach, guiding our clients through every step of the decision-making process. From the initial design to the finished installation, our team is dedicated to realizing your vision for the ideal outdoor space. Whether it’s a compact urban garden or a sprawling backyard, we ensure that the Pergola not only fits physically but also aesthetically and functionally enhances your outdoor living experience.

Testimonial and Customer Satisfaction

Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is reflected in the glowing testimonials from our clients. The transformative impact of a Smart Patio Plus Pergola on their outdoor spaces is often beyond their expectations. Awards like Dealer of the Year and Diamond Dealer West Coast are testaments to our dedication and innovative solutions in outdoor living.


The Pergola, with its blend of beauty, functionality, and versatility, offers more than just an outdoor structure; it provides a lifestyle enhancement. At Smart Patio Plus, we are passionate about bringing the vision of the perfect outdoor space to life through our advanced, customizable StruXure systems. Experience the world’s smartest patio cover and transform your outdoor living space into a haven of comfort and beauty.

Creative Applications and Personal Touches

What was the purpose of a pergola?

Originally, pergolas were designed to create shaded walkways or sitting areas in gardens, using vertical posts that support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. Over time, they’ve become more than just a functional element; they serve as an aesthetic statement in outdoor living spaces, often covered with climbing plants to create a natural canopy. At Smart Patio Plus, we embrace the versatility of pergolas, innovating them into customizable spaces that enhance the comfort and beauty of any outdoor area. It’s fascinating how something so historical has seamlessly transitioned into modern landscapes, isn’t it?

What is a pergola vs gazebo?

Ah, this is a question we get quite often. The main difference lies in their structure and purpose. A pergola is an open outdoor structure made of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters. This grid may be left open or covered to create shade or a rainproof roof. Gazebos, on the other hand, are typically octagonal or round with a completely enclosed roof and often have built-in seating. While pergolas are more about blending with your outdoor environment, gazebos are stand-alone structures designed to offer full shelter and privacy. Each brings its unique charm to any setting, wouldn’t you agree?

Is it cheaper to build or buy a pergola?

This is quite the interesting debate, as costs can vary widely based on materials, size, and whether you opt for a custom design. Building a pergola yourself can be more cost-effective if you have the necessary skills and tools, as you’re essentially saving on labor costs. However, purchasing a pergola, especially a customizable and technology-integrated option like our StruXure systems, can offer tremendous value in terms of durability, functionality, and ease of use. While the initial investment might be higher, the long-term benefits of a professionally designed pergola often justify the cost for many of our clients. Have you considered which approach best suits your lifestyle and budget?

What is the difference between a pergola and a Pergoda?

The term ‘Pergoda’ is less familiar in the architectural and landscaping worlds, and you might actually be referring to a common misspelling of ‘pergola’. Pergolas are the structures we know and love for outdoor living spaces – with columns supporting an open roof of beams and rafters. If you’ve come across ‘Pergoda’, it’s likely a typo, but it’s also a testament to how pergolas have captured the imagination, leading to various interpretations and innovations in their design. Isn’t language and its evolution fascinating, especially concerning architectural elements?

How can a pergola integrate with home automation systems?

Integration with home automation systems is one of the exciting innovations in modern pergola designs. Our StruXure pergolas, for example, are equipped with motorization controlled by Somfy RTS® Technology, allowing them to be synced with home automation systems like Alexa. This means with just a voice command or the press of a button, you can adjust the louvers for the perfect balance of sunlight and shade or to provide protection from rain, transforming outdoor spaces into year-round extensions of your living area. Imagine hosting an evening dinner and adjusting the atmosphere of your outdoor space without ever leaving the table. Isn’t the fusion of traditional architecture and modern technology incredible?

What should be considered when choosing the right pergola for your space?

Choosing the right pergola for your space involves several considerations to ensure that it complements your lifestyle and the architectural style of your home. Firstly, consider the size of your outdoor area and how you plan to use the pergola. Whether it’s for dining, relaxation, or as an ornamental feature, the purpose will greatly influence its design. Material selection is crucial too; our StruXure systems are crafted with fully extruded aluminum for unmatched durability and style. Moreover, think about the level of customization and technological integration you desire. With Smart Patio Plus, our consultative approach guides you through each step, ensuring that the chosen pergola not only fits physically but also aesthetically and functionally in enhancing your outdoor living experience. Have you envisioned how a pergola could transform your outdoor space?