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Furnish the house

Very often in our mini treatises on garden furniture we touch on themes that we define in some way as “passions”; well, this is not an unjustified habit of ours, but rather it seems to us that it is dictated by what is the trend of our society: in a world that is strongly characterized by haste, the myth of productivity at all costs, stress, the frenzy, the traffic and the schedules to be respected, more and more people try and, luckily for them, they often manage to find passions, hobbies that manage to distract them from all that is harmful and we have listed in our society. However, these are no longer the classic hobbies, such as billiards, the classic garden, card games; are much smaller and more personal activities, such as: continuously furnish and improve your garden or your home, adding and / or replacing one detail at a time, depending on what strikes us around the world. Today we will talk in particular about how to furnish the house… from the outside. It is not a play on words, but a modern tendency to want to transform and personalize the external corners of our home with personal good taste, such as the entrance stairs or balconies and terraces, both with furnishing objects and with total and structural transformations.

The pergola


The pergolas and the pergola are outdoor furnishing objects that are popular in this period in most of the civilized world; it is important to specify that they require a certain external space, to be “filled” and therefore furnished according to one’s tastes and needs of use and aesthetics. The pergola is therefore a structure in material suitable for outdoor use (treated wood, various metals) which has the purpose of creating a dedicated but open space in the context of a garden, a large terrace or other similar places close to a house. . We use the word “open” because the fundamental characteristic of the pergola is its non-covering, while the structure perhaps defines a dedicated and reserved “room” in the perimeter. It should be noted that the pergolas are nothing more than the small components of the pergola, in particular, for example, in the pergola made with wooden planks, the pergolas are precisely the wooden planks. However, in everyday and common use, the two words «pergola» and «pergole» merge and overlap, clearly meaning the same piece of furniture.

The self-supporting pergolas

Since the pergola is explicitly dedicated to outdoor use, in addition to having specific surface processes to be impenetrable and imperturbable to atmospheric agents such as rain and wind, it must also have a certain resistance and structural stability. This seems very logical to us, especially from the point of view of safety for the people who use and live near this pergola, typically its owners. For this reason the pergola is very often placed and fixed to a house wall, to a large tree or to other structures that can offer adequate support to at least one of the sides of the structure; obviously then also the other sides are fixed to the ground in an adequate way. There is also another category of pergolas, that of self-supporting pergolas: they are structures that, due to materials and construction, are able to stand firmly without the need for any «support», such as house walls or large tree trunks, or even rocky walls. Their peculiar characteristics lie in the use of foundations, suitable for the structure, and of materials studied not only for the aesthetic result but also for the structural one.

Self-supporting pergolas: Self-supporting materials and construction

Although we have specified that the destination of most of the pergolas is the one that sees them near the houses, typically to constitute a sort of outdoor room just outside the entrance of the house in order to enjoy the view of the garden and its air pure, or even on large terraces in order to have a slight protection while you are comfortably seated to enjoy the view from above, there are people who need a pergola far from other support structures, for example in the center of a very large garden as a refreshment and orientation point, as well as for furniture. Well, that’s exactly what self-supporting pergolas are for. The materials used for these structures are wood reinforced with a metal core and real metals; to this must then be added a construction and a technique that guarantees safety and stability over time and against any situation. It is no coincidence that, where possible, small foundations are envisaged, i.e. the stop of the pergolas with slight penetration into the ground, or through a concrete foot that holds the pylon still, or the pergola in this case (perhaps this foot, as often happens, it can be decorated and then refined thanks to floral decorations or the like).

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