Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. From summer barbeques to evening dinners and drinks or garden parties you want to be able to enjoy your backyard with friends and family this summer. A pergola is the perfect addition to your yard that will make it stand out from the rest. At Envision we’ve seen a huge variety of pergolas gold coast wide, transform the way homeowners are able to enjoy their backyards. These are our top tips on how to take your pergola to the next level this summer and get the most out of it.

Custom Build

If you haven’t got an existing pergola already you have the luxury of being able to totally customise it. In the planning stages, consider how you want to use your pergola, is it for relaxing or entertaining? This means your final product will be perfectly suited to your needs. Consider the environment you live in too, do you need extra shade, protection from rain, or is it purely for aesthetic purposes? Whatever you want your pergola to look and feel like, talk to us about building a unique one for your backyard.


While pergolas are great for entertaining guests or sharing with family, they’re also a great place to relax and seek some solitude. How do you get the best of both worlds? Privacy curtains, screens, or plants can turn any pergola into a private little haven in your own backyard. Look for weather proof, retractable, flexible, or versatile means of screening so your space can be changed to suit the occasion.


Entertain all summer long from day into night with a properly lit pergola. Set the mood and create a welcoming atmosphere with whatever lights you choose. String up fairy lights to bring out the structure of your pergola and make things feel a little festive. You can also incorporate lighting into the actual build of your pergola too. If your backyard gets a decent amount of sun, clear panels in your pergola roofing will act as a sunlight. A fire pit, table candles, lanterns or bamboo torches are also a great way of adding lighting and warmth in the colder months. Solar lighting solutions will make the most of being outdoors all day and last late into the evenings.

Garden Party

If you’re entertaining for an occasion under your pergola the perfect way to take things up a notch is with decorations. Make your pergola the centre of the party’s attention. Hang lanterns, paper chains, bunting, balloons, or flowers from your beams. Decorations certainly aren’t just for kids parties, show that you put the effort in and decorate your pergola


Plants are the natural way to spruce up your pergola. Add some colour with flowers, privacy with bamboo, or wrap around vines and hanging plants to enhance the structure of your pergola. You can even get smart with the plants you choose. Certain plants will deter bugs and keep you and your guests happy outside for longer.