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Pergolas, pavilions and porticos……do you know the difference?  I’m a designer and I do know the difference, but even I get confused by the terminology.  We utilize all three of these structures in designs for our clients, some more often than others.

A pergola is a structure on vertical posts or columns that usually support cross beams or trellis work of some kind.  Climbing plants can be trained to grow on pergolas.

Pergola in LeesburgPergola, Outdoor fireplaceA pavilion is a decorative roofed structure used as a shelter in the landscape.  These are very popular features with our clients today.

Pavilion, fireplacePavilion And, last but not least, a portico is also a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers.  However, rather than free standing, it’s attached to a building as a porch.

Portico, flagstone patio Portico in Loudoun County


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