Patio shades are a quick, inexpensive way for you to start enjoying your patio space. These patio shades not only block the sun, they also block wind. Available in an array of colors, these shades can span up to 20 feet in length and can be motorized to operate at the touch of a remote.
A pergola like this is a great way to give a back porch a little shade and to hold it together like a room. I especially like the idea of wiring it for lights, though I'd probably look into adding some kind of screening to keep out night-time bugs if I was going to use the lights much.