Rick's New Pergola Kits Help Create Outdoor Living Space

March 18, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
Portland, OR Outdoor living spaces are one of the hottest trends in home and garden design this spring, as cash-strapped Americans increasingly choose to spend their vacations at home. To help homeowners create backyard oases for entertaining or simply relaxing outside, Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking is now offering cedar and vinyl pergola kits starting at just $750 for a limited time.

The 14'x16' kits come with a detailed instructional brochure for do-it-yourself installation, and the price includes a face-to-face consultation with an installation expert. Cedar pergolas start at $750, while vinyl kits start at $999 and come in white or sand.

About a third of home remodel dollars go toward creating outdoor living areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of all outdoor home improvement projects, a cedar or vinyl pergola is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to define an outdoor room and make a backyard or patio more inviting.

"Pergolas have been one of our most popular items at home and garden shows this spring, and we're anticipating a big trend toward outdoor structures such as pergolas for 2010," said Rick Stanley, founder of Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking. "Homeowners are attracted to their elegance, their simplicity and their ability to add a lot of impact for relatively little money."

For homeowners looking to add backyard living space and architectural interest to their homes, Stanley offers the following pergola building tips:

-Consider the view from overlooking windows. If you're installing a pergola close to your house, make sure you don't block any windows. It's also a good idea to examine your building site from each overlooking window to get a feel for how a pergola will affect your view.

-Choose the best material for your needs. Cedar offers a more rustic, traditional style that will blend in with your yard's vegetation, whereas vinyl is a lower-maintenance option and will stand out against a natural background.

-Customize your pergola to fit your style. To enhance a colonial or cottage-style home with an English garden, decorate your pergola with colorful flower baskets and trailing vines. For an Asian-inspired look, hang Japanese lanterns. If you use Tuscan style in your home design, allow grapevines to climb your pergola for a Mediterranean flavor.

About Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking
Since 1980, Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking has become one of the largest fencing and decking retailers in the Pacific Northwest. With locations in Gresham, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Salem and the Tri-Cities, the company has built a reputation for providing high-quality materials and top-notch construction expertise. Rick's specializes in custom deck and fence designs, materials and installations for both residential and commercial properties.

For more information about Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking, visit www.RicksFencing.com

Nicole Woods
Rick's Custom Fencing & Decking
Phone: 503-648-7830 ext. 115