Best HEIGHT for pergola???

sweetpea_path(Z8 WA maritime)May 22, 2007

We are going to have a freestanding pergola built off of the kitchen side of the house (south side of house). Currently, we're thinking of something in the 16' x 16' wide size, but how TALL should it be? I was thinking that if the top cross beams were at about 11' tall, then when covered in vines, which would hang down some underneath, it would be about 10' when standing under it. What do you all think of that height? TOO tall? The fella who's going to build it for us was thinking something lower, more intimate, would be better but I sure had it in my mind as taller....

Opinions welcome! and thanks.

Sweetpea

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Since it's a pretty good size in the length and width department, I think 11' would be fine and proportionate. I'm currently building one about that size and the post height the architect specified was a little over 10'. You can always do things to visually lower the height -- like vines and hanging baskets -- but something too low you can't do much about. I vote for 11'.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 12:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mokevinb

A lot of it depends upon the height of the eaves on your house. If you plan on covering your pergola with vines, you will want to have it lower than the eaves. The reason for this is the tendrils of the vines might try to get under the shingles on your roof, the leaves will cover your rain gutters, or you could end up with vines infiltrating the soffit of the house. If your patio is lower than the house then it should not be any problem to build your pergola low enough to prevent this problem, and still allow you a reasonable height underneath.

Personally if the builder can give you at least eight foot from ground to underside of the rafters/cross beams, then that should be more than enough. As to proportion, a taller pergola might be desirable when it is freestanding and distanced from any other structures, but one built next to or against another structure should be kept at or slightly below the height of the larger one. (In the case of two or more story buildings this should never exceed half the height of the side wall.)

I hope my comments come in helpful in making your decision.

Kevin

    Bookmark   May 28, 2007 at 10:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

This is the first time IÂve found this forum  some interesting and attractive structures on these threadsÂ!

For your pergola, if you use the classic Golden Mean ratio, the ideal height would be 9Â 8.8"!

I often use the golden mean proportions to figure out dimensions. The golden mean number is 1.61803399. ItÂs a fascinating number  take the inverse of it and you get 0.61803399Â. You can read more about it at the link to Wikipedia below.

Here is a link that might be useful: golden mean

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 12:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

OOPs! My mind hiccuped! That's 9.88' or 9' 10.656" - round a bit and say 10' for the height... which would be perfect for displaying a Wisteria floribunda! The flower racemes would have room to dangle and still allow a 6'+ person to walk underneath :-)

    Bookmark   June 3, 2007 at 4:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
linnea1954

At present we are having a pergola built on our back south facing deck. It's going to be 10x13 across the end of our 13x14 deck and will be for shade. My question is, would a lower pergola be better for casting shade? For this size of pergola how high should it be?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2008 at 2:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
GH Tomatoes - 2015
Yeah!! We opened our GH this week for the 2015 season....
hudson___wy
HELP!! First year with greenhouse
Hello friends. My hubby bought me a small 6x8 greenhouse...
kbrielle18
Suggestions for shade cloth for HF 10x12 GH
What do you recommend for use with GH having veg and/flowers?...
4greenhouse
1/2 inch or 3/4 inch pvc?
I am thinking of building a cold frame greenhouse and...
dwyerkg
How do I convert a 2nd floor bedroom to a winter greenhouse?
Not much room to bump it out (there is a mountain in...
ree_k
Sponsored Products
Willow Cottage Dark Bronze Two Light 48-Inch Pendant
$249.99 | Bellacor
Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Safavieh Rugs Dhurries Navy/Ivory 3 ft. x 5
Home Depot
Vitelli 1Lt Pendant a Autumn Bronze
PLFixtures
Snow Joe Ultra 18 in. 13.5 Amp Electric Snow Thrower with Light - SJ621
$229.99 | Hayneedle
Chooty and Co Passion Suede Lime Joy Embroidered Throw Pillow - CS12EB2031J
$49.99 | Hayneedle
Beaumont Concealed 2 Outlet Twin & Diverter Thermostatic Shower Valve
Hudson Reed
Brushed Nickel Three-Light Vanity Strip
$24.95 | Bellacor
West Virginia Mountaineers 20-Oz. Mason Jar & Lid
$9.99 | zulily
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™