Top 13 reasons to put a pavilion in your back yard

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If you are looking for ideas to upgrade your outdoor living space you may want to consider a pergola or pavilion.  These types of structures can add an aesthetic appeal to your property.  They also can offer several practical benefits that can improve your overall well-being and quality of life.  In this article, we will explore the many benefits of adding a pergola or pavilion to your yard.

Shade and Comfort

One of the most significant benefits of a pergola or a pavilion is the shade that they provide.  If you love spending time outdoors, but the heat of the sun is keeping you inside, a pergola or pavilion can help you enjoy your outdoor living space without being exposed to harsh sunlight.   By creating a shaded area, you will be able to spend more time outside, even during the hottest parts of the day, and enjoy your outdoor living space in a comfortable shaded structure.

Family Time

What happens when you eat dinner inside your house with your family?  When the dinner is finished, most families scatter to their rooms or go watch tv.  When you have a pergola or pavilion in your backyard, your kids will most likely want to stay outside.  Start a fire in a fire pit and make s’mores and create fun memories with your family.

Aesthetic Appeal

Pergolas and pavilions are the type of structures that add a beautiful touch of elegance and sophistication to your yard.  There are a wide variety of designs and styles to choose from, you can find a pergola or pavilion that complements your backyard living space and enhances the finished look of your backyard.  You will want to invite your friends and family over to enjoy your outdoor living space with you.

Increased Property Value

Adding a pergola or pavilion to your yard can increase the overall value of your home.  This can be a great investment not only for the financial return, but it is something that you can enjoy at the same time.  When you create an attractive and functional outdoor living space, you are expanding your home’s overall square footage by creating a new area in your backyard to entertain friends and family and to just relax in the great outdoors.  This situation only applies to a quality permanently installed structure with proper footings.  A flimsy pergola or pavilion from your local big box store will not add value to your home.


Pergolas and pavilions are versatile structures that can be used for many purposes.  Whether you want to create a cozy hang-out space for your family, create an outdoor dining area, or a peaceful retreat for your meditation, a pergola or pavilion can provide the perfect setting.  Instead of receiving your guests in your home living room, take them outside to your fantastic outdoor living space.

Protection from the Elements

In addition to providing shade from the sun, a pavilion can also offer you protection from the wind and rain.  There is no need to quickly run into your house if it starts to rain and you have a pavilion protecting you.  You can also add curtains, shades, or retractable screens to help keep the elements and bugs away from you.  This will of course increase your enjoyment of your outdoor living space, but it will also protect your outdoor furniture and cushions.  Increasing the lifespan and saving you money.

Low Maintenance

Pergolas and pavilions are relatively low-maintenance structures and require minimal upkeep.  Compared to other outdoor living products like pools or hot tubs, pergolas, and pavilions don’t require much extra work at all.  Your pergola or pavilion will last many years by keeping it clean and every few years touch up the stain on the sun side of the structure.  Parts of the structure that don’t get direct sunlight may not need stain touch-ups for many years.

Energy Efficiency

A pergola or pavilion can also help your house be more energy efficient.  The shade that these structures create can help block the sunshine coming into your windows and reduce the heat in your home during the summer months.  This can potentially save on expensive air conditioning costs.

Outdoor Entertaining

A pergola or pavilion can provide a great space for your outdoor entertainment.  Whether you are having your family over for a barbeque or hosting your neighborhood party, your pergola or pavilion can provide the perfect gathering place.  You can add outdoor speakers, a television, a fire pit, a water feature, or many other fun outdoor items to create a fun and relaxing atmosphere for your guests.

Health Benefits

Spending time outdoors has proven to have many health benefits.  Reducing stress, and improving mood and well-being while adding some vitamin D.  Some other benefits are better breathing by getting outside.  Reducing some depression by the exhilaration you get from being in nature.  And improving your sleep.

Increased Living Space

A pergola or pavilion adds additional living space without the hassle and major cost of an addition to your home.  This is a very cost-effective way to add living space to your home.  Granted it not fully enclosed like a room in your house, but you will enjoy the added benefits of breathing fresh air and being outside while still close to your home if you need anything.  Some pergolas and pavilions can be wired with waterproof outdoor power outlets.  You can bring your home office outside and enjoy the outdoors.


By using sustainable materials when building a pergola or pavilion you can reduce your environmental impact.  Materials like Douglas Fir are durable and eco-friendly.  Some timber mills plant 5 trees for every 1 tree they harvest.  That practice will make sure that we don’t deplete the forest for our future generations.

Increased Curb Appeal

A well-built pergola or pavilion can add to the curb appeal of your home.  It will stand out in your neighborhood and make your home more attractive to potential buyers.  If you are not planning on selling your home then you can look forward to showing off your pavilion to your family and friends. Your backyard living space with become the go-to hang-out spot.

In conclusion, building a pergola or pavilion in your yard offers many benefits, that are both practical and beautiful.  From providing shade and comfort to increasing your property value and visual appeal to your backyard.  A pergola or pavilion can be a wise investment that will improve your overall quality of life.  A professional designer can create a custom pergola or pavilion to fit your needs and the space you have available.  To fit your needs and the style you want.  So why wait?  Contact a design professional and you will soon be enjoying the benefits of outdoor living.

My name is Steve and I am passionate about designing beautiful and functional pergolas and pavilions.

Whether you need help coming up with an idea or already have something in mind, my goal is to help you explore the possibilities and find the perfect addition to your outdoor living space.  With my design consultations, you will have access to my decades of design experience and a personalized plan that fits your vision and budget.

If you are interested in taking the next step, I am a sales agent for one of the largest timber pavilion manufacturers in the country.  I can arrange to have your timber pergola or pavilion shipped directly to your location in the continental USA.  From start to finish, I am here to help you make your dream a reality.

Thank you for visiting my site and I am looking forward to working with you!







Steve Fleischer

Designer for one of the country's largest pergola and pavilion manufacturers. Steve has decades of design experience. Let Steve design an unforgettable structure for your backyard.

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