Scenic view with wooden pergola

A Pergola Will Increase Your Property Value

Do backyard improvements add value to your home? We all know by now that having a nice garden is an appealing feature to many home buyers, especially since the pandemic has forced most of us to stay at home – which has often meant using our outdoor spaces as extensions of our living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms.

Creating a backyard getaway is at the top of the wish list for many homeowners. And with good reason. Who wouldn’t want their very own backyard oasis to quietly relax in during the day and entertain guests at night? Installing a pergola is part of creating that perfect backyard getaway. But what is a pergola’s return on investment? Will a pergola add value to my home?

Pergolas are beautiful additions to a home because it effectively gives you more “living space” outdoors. It’ similar to adding a patio or deck to serve as an outdoor living room/space.

Wooden pergola attached to a home

“The biggest factor affecting the cost of a pergola is its size and type of material used.”

Shade and Privacy

Pergolas and pavilions are more than just a pretty way to spice up an otherwise boring backyard. They are incredibly functional. You can situate them to create areas of shade in a sun-drenched yard or add privacy from the prying eyes of neighbours.

A cantilever-style pergola

That said, there are options to increase privacy screening. You can always add lattice or slats between posts to increase privacy, and even train climbing plants up the side for more greenery and an organic barrier that blocks out the neighbours. You could also add curtains for a more whimsical touch and increased design opportunities. Pergolas and pavilions are a great way to provide covered seating for inhabitants and guests or to simply create areas of shielded serenity for private lounging.

A metal pergola with timber cladding

Focal Point

Functionality aside, pergolas are an unexpected way to add visual appeal to your yard, whether it’s teeming with flora, or you have little more than an expanse of lawn and a few trees. The focal point provided by these large structures can draw the eye and ensnare the imagination, depending on your design choices.

Perhaps you’re thrilled by the idea of a romantic, rose covered pergola perfect for romantic liaisons by moonlight. Or maybe you prefer the clean lines of an unadorned pavilion. With so many options to choose from, you’ll not only get the function you need, but also the focal point that best suits your style sensibilities.

White aluminium pergola and plants growing along a pergola

Outdoor Living Spaces

Any time you can extend the usable square footage of your property, you’re going to increase appeal to buyers and potentially boost your home value. While pergolas don’t technically increase the square footage of your home the same way a house addition would, for example, they do improve the utility of your outdoor living spaces, which increases leisure opportunities for prospective buyers.

A prime example of a free-standing pergola
Adding pergolas and pavilions to your backyard enhances the overall appeal of your property, improving both function and form. These structures may not bring the same return on investment as, say, an outdoor kitchen addition, but you’ll garner more interest and have the option to bump up the asking price for your home (as compared to comparable properties) when you include these backyard upgrades.

Contact Pergola Pro to take your outdoor entertainment setting to new heights!