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Pergola Design Choices: Pergola Attached to the House Versus A Freestanding Pergola

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Jason Herring
January 28 2022

Here in South Florida adding a modern pergola to your outdoor living space can truly transform the way you use your backyard, patio or pool deck. With a fully automated adjustable louvered roof, you are able to control the amount of sun and shade on your deck with the push of a button. With the unique gapless louver system from our manufacturing partner Azenco you can even close the roof to completely seal out the afternoon rain showers. 

The clean exterior lines of our customized pergolas can accent any type of architecture from sleek modern to the American coastal style prominent throughout West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. The first major design choice you’ll make as you explore pergola ideas and options is exactly where to construct your new shade structure, a decision that will largely be influenced by how you plan to use your outdoor living space.

Pergola Attached to House

Connecting a pergola directly to your home is a great way to create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces. Paired with sweeping French doors or sliders, a covered patio can instantly expand your available living space in numerous ways, such as:

pergola attached to the house

Outdoor kitchen 

Not only does an adjustable louvered pergola provide sun and shade protection for an outdoor kitchen, but it can also keep the rain from interrupting your culinary adventures. With the motorized louvers on our pergolas, you can easily vent heat and smoke from a charcoal grill or wood-fired pizza oven.

Outdoor dining and entertaining

Even if you prefer to cook indoors, creating a covered outdoor dining and entertainment space just steps outside your kitchen is a great way to make the most of your outdoor living space. With the addition of motorized sunshades, you can easily have an intimate space closed off from the rest of the yard or roll the shades up with the press of a button for an airy outdoor setting.

Complete outdoor living room

A very popular addition throughout South Florida right now is creating a complete outdoor living room adjoining the home. Incorporate embedded LED lights into the pergola frame, a wall-mounted TV and comfortable outdoor furniture to bring the sheer comfort of the indoors onto your patio.

Freestanding Pergola

Similar to a gazebo or pavilion, a freestanding pergola is a great option for creating a relaxation space disconnected from the home. While a gazebo features a fixed roof, the key advantage of the freestanding pergola is its adjustable louvered roof design. With the ability to control the sun and shade balance, or block out the rain entirely, choose a freestanding pergola for:

Freestanding pergola azenco

Relaxing sitting area

A freestanding pergola can be erected on a deck or patio, or even in the garden. With some comfortable furniture situated in the shade of the pergola, a freestanding garden pergola can become an oasis from the stresses of the house.

Waterfront destination

Especially here in coastal Florida, a standalone pergola situated by the ocean can offer some much-needed shade down by the beach. The open sides of the pergola allow for uninterrupted views all the way to the horizon.

On the pool deck

A freestanding pergola can also be constructed over a pool to provide shade while lounging in the cool waters. Alternatively, a freestanding pergola can be erected by the side of the pool to bring your outdoor entertainment space right to the water’s edge, and even feature a cantilevered roof that juts out over the water.  

Pergola Next to the House

Because every pergola project is engineered to meet the unique specifications of the property, including local building regulations, storm resilience regulations, etc., it is sometimes impossible to directly connect the pergola to a home. If you still want to create the seamless indoor/outdoor feel discussed above, a hybrid approach can be taken. By designing a freestanding pergola that is built to butt right up to the building, we can simulate this same look as a pergola attached to the house. This technique is well-suited to covering pathways between the home and garage or to create a grand porte-cochère, like this one we designed and installed for the luxurious Admiral’s Cove clubhouse in Jupiter, Florida.

Should a Pergola Be Attached to House?

There is no hard-and-fast rule governing whether a pergola can or should be attached to a house. It is generally a determination made based on your style preferences, and just how you expect to use your new outdoor living space. The one time anchoring a pergola to the home can be especially beneficial if we are designing the pergola for windy areas. Especially here in South Florida, local build codes can require extensive storm-resilience. In some cases, anchoring a pergola’s frame to your home can help satisfy these regulations.


If you are considering adding a dynamic adjustable louvered roof pergola to your outdoor living space and would like to explore just what might be possible for your backyard, pool deck or patio, please contact us today and we will gladly help guide you through the design considerations.

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