A pergola can offer shade to a large gathering space, even if it's not next to a house. Here, gently arched beams topped with form the roof over this freestanding deck. Lattice offers a partial enclosure and increases the sense of intimacy.
Incorporate Water - Adding the sound of running water is a sure way to make your pergola more of a relaxing retreat. Here, a stream runs underneath the structure. It adds ambiance but doesn't take up any of the pergola's space.