As the leaves change color and crisp air arrives, there’s no better place to catch the autumn season than from your backyard or patio. Are you looking around your backyard wishing you could create an oasis you’d like to spend more time in? Consider adding an outdoor structure, such as a pergola or gazebo, to make the most of your outdoor living space. 

Pretty Pergolas


A pergola
is the perfect option If you want to take your average backyard patio to the next level, a pergola is the answer you’ve been looking for. Traditionally used to filter out the sun’s rays and provide shade, adding a pergola brings automatic character and style to your backyard. You can make this structure your own by adding some whimsy with strings of white lights or climbing vines. Whether your outdoor space calls for the elegance of a bold structure, your patio needs a charming focal point, or you’d like to define a space where you can enjoy a crisp autumn evening, the pergola is a natural choice. 

Gorgeous Gazebos


If you’d like a place for friends and family to gather or an ideal spot for your morning cup of coffee, include a gazebo in creating your outdoor living space. Gazebos offer protection from the elements and privacy from neighbors when entertaining an intimate or large gathering in your backyard. Typically designed to be an open-air structure, you can add upgrades to enjoy your gazebo year-round. Some options include screens for protection from insects or windows allowing you to use your structure during the cooler fall and winter months. 

Once you’ve decided on adding an outdoor structure for your living space, you’ll want to hire a professional and experienced landscape design company. This will ensure your structure is in compliance with state and local codes and that it is correctly engineered. There are other things to consider before the planning, designing and building of your structure beings including:

  • Project budget
  • Architectural style of your home
  • Desired building materials vs. what materials are readily available in your area
  • Location of the structure
  • Size and scale of patio area and overhead area
  • Patio orientation to the sun (i.e. warmer west-oriented location or cooler north-oriented location) 

Once your structure is completed, combine it with the right heating and storage solutions and you’ll be all set for whatever surprises the unpredictable Midwest weather throws at you! 

Your living space doesn’t stop at your back door. A patio or backyard can truly become an addition to your home. Outdoor structures will not only increase the visual appeal of your outdoor space but are great if you like to entertain your family and friends. Start creating your dream backyard by calling the design professionals at A.M. Woodland Outdoor Design today at 847-224-2167 (IL) / 262-287-7600 (WI) today!