While we almost always see these styles when they’re in the process of being mounted or demounted, preparing or recovering from a move, it nonetheless allows us ample opportunity to see the good ideas in their place.
One of my favorite concepts, even though it is one of the most challenging moving tasks we come across, is the idea of placing a backyard pergola or gazebo in your yard.
Many home owners choose this route in order to establish a professional, welcoming feel in their garden. Styles range from permanent installations attached to the house to semi-portable units that can be disassembled with (relative) ease, and shipped to their new home when they’re ready for their move.
Obviously, we favor the latter. These pergolas are generally self-standing units, and have a cross-thatch design structure in place, which allows one to dismantle it if necessary.
The best ones are hand-made, rather than mass-manufactured, and there are a surprising number of DIY pergolas that grace the gardens of our clients.
If that sounds like something you might be interested in including for your home (or next home, if you’re getting ready for a move), then check out pergolaplans.org for more design ideas and information about how to build a cost effective and well-designed pergola or gazebo for your yard.
If you already have a unit in your yard, deck, patio, or garden, and are getting ready for a move, you should feel confident that most units are move-able. Since purchased pergolas often cost $10,000 or more, it’s definitely something you’ll want to take with you to your new home, or at least negotiate into the selling price of your house!
If you’re looking for a gazebo or pergola that doesn’t break the budget, but don’t have the skills, time, or interest to build one yourself, you might check out Costco, which has a number of very affordable, semi-permanent pergola options.