When the sun shines in Tauranga, it really shines hard! Finding a shady spot can be bliss, and that’s where a pergola or louvre roof comes in handy. The expert pergola builders at Zones Tauranga have got this covered.
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One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to provide shade is a shade sail that can be attached to poles or a pergola structure. Many plain pergolas are made from timber with pine being the most affordable option. Timber pergolas are best to have laminated timber posts that won’t twist or warp with time. Aluminium pergolas with polycarbonate roofing are another good option that tends to work well with many modern homes. Outdoor louvres and gazebo-type structures are at the higher end of the budget spectrum.
Prices will vary depending on the size of the pergola and the materials you choose. Costs for a basic, entry-level pergola will start from around $4,000 to $5,000+*. Click here to read more details about pergola costs.
*Costs are rough estimates and are subject to change. For a fixed-quote accurate to your specific project, please consult your local Zones landscaping specialist.
There is a host of different designs of pergolas to work in with your house and garden style – from country or coastal through to formal or classical. The materials you choose tend to set the tone, for example, brick pillars or oak beams are ideal for a country look while reclaimed hardwood beams and driftwood evokes a coastal feel. A pergola made from machine-rounded wooden poles could be perfect for a riverside garden, while pillars made from native stone in combination with rough-hewn wooden beams are great for an alpine mountain garden. For a roof garden, a light pergola might be best and you could consider using strained galvanised wires for overhead climbers. If you prefer a more formal or classical design, then smooth stone columns with planed, shaped wooden beams could be a great option. Brick pillars or smooth beams work well in many town gardens.
No matter what style of pergola you choose, it should be designed to meet your specific requirements and to work with the style of your house. Thinking about the use and function early on will help you nail the design and avoid mistakes or changes that can cost a lot once building has commenced. For example, is your pergola designed for sun protection only, or do you want to use it for rain protection too? Do you need a heat source? Would you prefer roof protection only, or would you like to include wall louvres or side panels? A pergola can be turned into an outdoor room for year-round use. You could also consider opting for a full conservatory instead.
In Tauranga, pergolas have gained popularity as valuable additions to outdoor living spaces, thanks to the region's warm climate and the emphasis on outdoor living. Among the most favored pergola concepts is the "Modern Minimalist" design, characterized by clean lines, the use of sleek materials such as metal or aluminum, and a strong emphasis on both simplicity and functionality.
Wondering if a pergola is the perfect addition to your outdoor space? The answer, depends on your specific outdoor living needs and desires. Pergolas offer a compelling combination of aesthetics and durability, distinguishing themselves from options like shade sails or umbrellas. Their built-in, custom appearance and substantial structure make them an attractive choice. Unlike traditional shade solutions, pergolas are less susceptible to wind-related issues.
Moreover, pergolas can adapt to various climates thanks to features like retractable roofs, sides, or adjustable slats. Allowing you to pull down sides, or use a retractable canopy when you want to enjoy the sun.
Additionally, while the idea of placing a firepit or outdoor kitchen beneath your pergola may be tempting, it's crucial to check local regulations to ensure safety compliance, as these additions can pose fire and smoke hazards if not managed correctly. So, when deciding whether a pergola is right for you, weigh the pros and cons carefully to make an informed choice that suits your outdoor living needs.
The project timeframe for completing a pergola depends on the size and complexity of the pergola, and also on the amount of ground preparation that needs to be completed. The Zones team have a structured and streamlined process in place to help avoid unnecessary delays and keep your project on track.
During the planning phase, the Zones team will take you from briefing and initial design through to working drawings and fixed price quote. Once the scope of the project is agreed, the actual building work can start. This might include demolition, preparation work on foundations and structure, as well as planting.
When it comes to pergolas and building consents, the magic number is 20 square metres. Any covered structure over 20 square metres generally requires building consent whereas a covered structure under 20 square metres doesn’t. In any case, it’s best to double check and ensure that all work is compliant and ideally completed by a licensed building practitioner. If you want all or part of a pergola structure to be attached to the house, you will also need to be mindful about issues around water-tightness.
The specialists at Zones Tauranga have installed many different types of pergolas around the country. They are experts in this field and use only the best and most reliable suppliers and tradespeople. Get in touch today to find out what the team can do for you.
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