Custom Pergola Creation by Expert Builders

Pergola Structures by Trusted Pergola Contractors

Pergolas are more than mere outdoor structures; they represent an extension of your living space, bringing a blend of nature and comfort to your doorstep. Their distinct architectural design, characterized by sturdy beams and open spaces, allows for nature to intertwine seamlessly with crafted wood or metal. The allowance for crawling vines creates a natural canopy, offering a shaded retreat that harmonizes aesthetic appeal with functionality.

In the bustling urban setting of Chicago, pergolas introduce a touch of serenity and elegance, providing a refreshing escape in your very backyard. Their design complements the modern lifestyle while offering a nod to nature's soothing aesthetics.

Pergola Installations in the Chicago Area

For homeowners and property managers in Chicago, the addition of a pergola can significantly enhance the aesthetic and functional value of an outdoor space. The Windy City, with its diverse architectural landscape and changing seasons, provides a picturesque backdrop for pergolas. These structures not only add a visual appeal but also create a functional, versatile space that can be used across seasons.

The design flexibility of pergolas makes them a popular choice among individuals seeking to enhance their outdoor living spaces. They offer a unique opportunity to create a personalized outdoor haven, be it for relaxation, entertainment, or showcasing garden flora.

Furthermore, the well-thought-out design of a pergola provides a structured open space that can be adorned with drapes, lights, or outdoor furniture, making it an inviting spot for relaxation or social gatherings. It's an investment that not only amplifies the beauty of your outdoor area but also adds a tangible value to your property, making it a sought-after feature among potential buyers or tenants.

In a city that celebrates architectural diversity and outdoor living, pergolas seamlessly find their place, enhancing the outdoor living narrative for both homeowners and property managers in Chicago. Their addition reflects a tasteful choice for modern living, blending the urban lifestyle with a touch of nature's tranquility.

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Harvesting Benefits from Your New Pergola

Homeowner Advantages: A Lifestyle Upgrade

A pergola, meticulously crafted by skilled pergola builders, does more than just beautify your outdoor space; it elevates the quality of your outdoor living. Imagine stepping out into your backyard to a designated space where the natural light filters through climbing roses or wisteria. It’s a space that invites you to unwind, entertain, or indulge in personal hobbies. The versatility of a pergola means you can have an open-air dinner venue one evening and by the next morning, it transforms into a serene spot for yoga or reading.

Moreover, a custom pergola is a tangible reflection of your aesthetic and lifestyle preferences. Whether you opt for a modern sleek design or a classic rustic look, it’s a statement of personal style that enhances the character and charm of your home.

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Investing in a pergola also equates to investing in the value of your property. It's a feature that prospective buyers often find appealing due to the added functional space and aesthetic charm it provides. The right pergola can significantly boost your property’s curb appeal, making it a smart investment that you get to enjoy daily.

Property Manager Benefits: Enhancing Appeal and Value

For property managers, integrating a pergola into the landscape is a strategic move towards increasing the property's appeal and functionality. A pergola serves as a distinctive feature that sets the property apart in a competitive market. Prospective tenants or buyers often see it as a value addition since it offers a unique outdoor living experience. It's an amenity that suggests thoughtfulness in design and a focus on enhancing the quality of living.

Furthermore, a pergola expands the usable space of the property. It can serve as an outdoor extension for communal activities, be it a barbecue area or a shaded spot for residents to relax and socialize. The functionality of a pergola extends beyond mere aesthetics; it offers a space where a community can engage and interact.

The aesthetic transformation that a pergola brings can also be leveraged in marketing the property. Picturesque images of a pergola adorned with lush greenery and blooming flowers provide visually appealing content for listings and promotional material.

Additionally, the long-term durability and low maintenance nature of pergolas make them a cost-effective addition. They require minimal upkeep while offering a lasting aesthetic and functional benefit.

In a market where every feature counts, a pergola is more than just a visual delight; it’s a strategic asset that enhances the value and appeal of the property, making it more attractive to prospective tenants or buyers.

  • We initially found Wave Outdoors while we searched online for a company that did it all. We loved the idea of Yardzen, but when I asked them if they researched permitting rules and stuff like that when they created their designs their answer was no. I was shocked and knew there was no way we were paying all that money for a design that we might not even be able to do! Luckily we found Brian while searching for yard contractors. We made an appointment and Brian came to our house. We laid out our dreams of a three seasons room, attached porch and gazebo, exterior lighting, lush landscapes and buried sump pump hoses. Our dreams were big, and Brian listened to it all. After a little time he came back with pricing. Our dreams were WAY too big for our budget, but it was such a helpful step in our education of yard renovations. Brian was wonderful in helping us brainstorm ways to get the general functionality of what we wanted in a way that met our budget better. He provided excellent plans that were very detailed and included all the information about our home and yard and what work was projected as well as the materials. He also was able to advise in financing. We decided on a plan that we would do over two phases, one in mid summer 2023 and the second the minute the ground unfroze in 2024.
    Once ground broke we gleefully watched Lupe and his crew transform our yard every day. The crew is incredibly hardworking and kind. I daily was shocked at how much got done. In the first phase they built a deck, a paver patio, and steppers, built our pre fab gazebo, ran electricity to the gazebo, and buried our sump pump. Picking materials was a little frustrating but we got there. Thanks to all the home shows I was expecting samples to be pulled and a meeting to be held where we saw everything laid out and together mixed and matched until we had our perfect selection. Instead we went to locations Brian suggested to look at their walls of materials and also ordered our own samples from the companies. I can picture in my head how things will come together, but my husband has a harder time doing that, so this process was not ideal for us. However it did work out, and Brian was patient and great at answering our (many) questions. Once phase 1 was done we did a walkthrough addressing anything we had questions about or issues with. Everything was either fixed immediately or slated for phase 2.
    Communication during the winter was a little slow, but in fairness we were excited and anxious to pay our deposit to ensure we were first to break ground. Once the ball got rolling we found out that the grading of our yard was a bit more steep than we thought and the original patio plans were going to have to change to take that into account. I was very unhappy about the needs but understood that it was what was necessary to create a safe and sturdy patio. Brian was great at listening to my concerns and being open to all our ideas on how to adjust the plan while still keeping it to code. He was able to rework some things to make it work in all ways. The cost also ballooned due to this change but again Brian was so wonderful in working with us to make adjustments to get us back to our budget. This phase we got a second paver patio, exterior lighting that includes path lights, spotlights, and decorative lights. They also installed large posts around the patio, installed a new mailbox, and beautiful landscaping that started with some large shrub removal. Lupe and his crew got this done so quickly! Just as we’d hoped we are set up to enjoy the entire summer in our new yard.
    I am so thankful that we found Wave Outdoors. We are so pleased with the work they have done and the patience they showed us as we navigated this big project that we knew nothing about when we started. We are so proud to show off our new spaces and the neighbors won’t stop commenting at how much they have enjoyed watching the transformation. We recommend Wave Outdoors so fully.

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    Sunny Ziemer
  • I recently worked with Wave Outdoors on a project which included a new hardscape patio, sidewalk, front and back stoop, and drainage work. They were also able to handle some sprinkler head rerouting that we needed.

    Wave provided us with 2D/3D designs and Brian gave us a lot of different options and suggestions on our design. Despite being on the more expensive side, the quality and satisfaction were well worth it and the end result exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend them.

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    Jaime Sepulveda
  • Last summer (2023) Wave built for us 2 new porches, 2 walkways, a patio, pergola, and arbor, landscaped both our front and back yards, added lighting, and replaced our scraggly lawns with new sod. Everything turned out great. Mary worked with us to design every element: the color schemes and materials for the porches, the walkways, and the patio and landscaping. She listened to what we wanted and came up with porches, patio and walkways that look contemporary, with colors that look good with the house.
    The front porch is concrete with beautiful coordinated stone facades and steps, and a paver walkway that goes to the public sidewalk. Mary put a lot of thought into finding shades of color that look great together and with our house. They also built a roof for the porch; it’s nice to be able to open an umbrella BEFORE we get wet.
    The back porch is composite and is much easier to maintain than the old wood porch it replaced. They also suggested putting a door on the side of the stairs so now we have protected storage underneath. (We never thought of that!) The decks on both porches are much larger than what we had before, when only one person could stand there to open the door.
    The paver patio and back walkway are wonderful. The walkway covers the area where our dogs had churned it to mud, and now we don’t have to wipe their feet every time they come in. The patio is just awesome. We didn’t have one before, and sitting outside is so relaxing. Especially since we now have lovely bushes and flowers to look at! We wanted landscaping that would attract pollinators, use as many native plants as possible, and create space and food for birds and small animals; Mary worked hard to create a design that integrated a lot of color for spring, summer, and fall, and in winter snow on the bushes and dried seed heads adds interest. She also designed a small garden for pollinators on the side of our house, and was even able to get milkweed for monarch butterflies.
    Everyone was great to work with; there were several teams: landscaping, hardscaping, electrical, and plumbing, and they all worked hard to get each project done. Brian came to check on progress frequently and often came up with suggestions and small changes that smoothed out issues that we had not thought of. He also spent a lot of time working with village inspectors and the permit office.
    I would recommend Wave to anyone who wants beautiful, quality work and attention to detail. The photographs I’m including speak for themselves.

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    Joseph Pho
  • We worked with Mary from Wave Outdoors for our landscaping project. She was thorough and thoughtful in her plan and consistent in communication. Mary earned trust by showing options that would have longevity- native plants, placing plants in shade vs non-shade, and watering solutions. Ultimately, we’re so happy with the warmth the design has brought our home, and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow.

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    Kristen Olson
  • Wow!!! We had a wonderful experience with Wave Outdoors. Wave Outdoors is located in Mount Prospect which was appealing to me to support local businesses.

    Brian worked with us from start of finish. He came and walked our property in the beginning and really listened to our ideas and also incorporated his own landscape design expertise. He walked us through his beautiful design and made recommendations for trees, shrubs, and plants that would be successful in our zone.

    Our curb appeal went up 1000%. While I have been out watering many people have stopped and commented on how beautiful everything looks. Some have even asked if they could snap a picture or two. 😎

    The crews that came in and took all of the old landscaping out, were here each day on time and left the area neat and clean when they were finished for the day.

    THANK YOU Wave Outdoors and Brian Dreher for helping to guide us with this project. It truly has been a pleasure working with Wave Outdoors. I would highly recommend Wave Outdoors for any landscaping design, installations, or any other outdoor needs you may have.


    Colleen and Michael Moreno

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Our Process

Dive into Initial Site Evaluation

At Wave Outdoors, the journey to your custom pergola begins with an in-depth site analysis carried out by our skilled pergola contractors. This crucial first step involves assessing the existing landscape, understanding your preferences, and analyzing the environmental factors that could influence the design. It's not merely about taking measurements; it's about envisioning how the pergola will harmonize with your outdoor space to create a cohesive, functional, and beautiful extension of your home. Our experts will also identify any potential challenges and devise solutions right from the outset, laying a solid foundation for a successful project.

Navigating Through Planning and Implementation

Armed with the insights from the site evaluation, our seasoned professionals transition to the planning phase. Utilizing advanced 3D design tools, we collaborate with you to fine-tune the design, ensuring it resonates with your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. We believe that every pergola we build should be a reflection of the homeowner's or property manager's vision, merged with our expertise for a flawless realization. The implementation phase is where your dream starts to materialize. Our pergola builders meticulously follow the design blueprint, adhering to the highest standards of workmanship, ensuring every beam, every joint, and every finishing touch echoes perfection. We keep you informed and involved at every stage, making sure the project aligns with your expectations.

A Final Walkthrough

The journey concludes, but our commitment doesn’t. Once the pergola is installed, a final walkthrough is conducted to ensure every detail is up to par with your expectations and our stringent quality standards. It’s an opportunity for you to inspect the craftsmanship, functionality, and aesthetics of the pergola. Your satisfaction is our priority, and this final step underscores our dedication to delivering a pergola that you'll cherish for years to come.

Why Wave Outdoors is Your Go-To Choice for Pergola Builders

A Display of Awards and Credentials

Our reputation is backed by a slew of accolades and credentials that underline our commitment to excellence in pergola installations. Our recognition in the industry is a testament to the quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction that are the hallmarks of Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design.

Harnessing Years of Expertise and Advanced Equipment

With a rich history spanning over many years, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design has emerged as a formidable player in the realm of pergola creation. Our journey is adorned with numerous successful projects, happy homeowners, and enduring structures that continue to add value and beauty to properties. Our arsenal of innovative technology and advanced equipment, combined with the seasoned expertise of our pergola installers, ensures the delivery of a product that stands as a benchmark of quality and aesthetics. Our approach blends traditional craftsmanship with modern technology to deliver pergolas that are not only visually stunning but are built to last, providing you with a space to create countless memories.

Real Examples

Take a look at a 3D Designs that incorporate pergolas (use the circles to navigate and hold the image to move around):

 Large modern project with StuXure Pergola, Outdoor Kitchen, Spa & Garden

Navigating the Legal Landscape: Permits and Regulations

Acquiring Necessary Permits for Your Pergola

Embarking on a pergola installation project in the Chicago area entails navigating through the local permitting process. Obtaining the necessary permits is a crucial step to ensure that your pergola project complies with all local regulations. The first step typically involves submitting a building permit application to the local municipality. This application may require accompanying documents such as plans, specifications, structural calculations, and estimates of costs, among other things.

The permitting process aims to ensure that your pergola will be structurally sound and will adhere to local zoning regulations, which may have specifications regarding the size, location, and design of your pergola. While the process might seem daunting, especially given the varying requirements across different localities, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design is here to ease the way. Our experts are well-versed in local regulations and can help guide you through every step of the permitting process, ensuring that your pergola project is compliant with all necessary standards.

It's essential to note that the requirements may vary from one locality to another within the Chicago area. Each particular location will have its own specific requirements when it comes to pergola permits. With Wave Outdoors by your side, you can navigate through the permitting process with ease, making your pergola project a smooth and enjoyable venture.

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Types of Pergolas

  1. Freestanding Pergola:
    • Exists separately from your dwelling or other structures.
    • Perfect for crafting distinct outdoor living areas, whether beside a pool or within a garden.
  2. Attached Pergola:
    • Joins to the residence, broadening the indoor ambiance outdoors.
    • Furnishes shade and form to patio or deck zones.
  3. Steel and Aluminum Pergolas:
    • Renowned for their durability, capable of enduring severe weather elements like potent winds or hefty snowfall.
    • Demand minimal upkeep due to their resistance against pests and decay.
  4. Fiberglass Pergola:
    • Generally priced higher owing to its robustness.
    • Can bridge extended spans without the need for extra support posts, presenting a sleek, unobstructed appearance.
  5. Traditional Pergola:
    • Celebrated for its enduring aesthetic appeal, characterized by classic architectural elements like columns and structural nuances.
    • Harmonizes well with traditional residences and garden environments, typically crafted from wood or vinyl with a wooden appearance.
  6. Modern Pergola:
    • Marked by sleek lines and a minimalist design, commonly constructed from wood, aluminum, or vinyl.
    • Catering to modern aesthetic tastes, it is adaptable enough to align with diverse architectural themes and exterior hues.
  7. Garden Pergolas:
    • Frequently serve as trellises for dangling plants and climbing foliage.
    • Amplify garden areas and furnish a structured zone for plants like clematis, trumpet vine, climbing roses, ivy, and wisteria to flourish.

These assorted pergola styles provide a broad spectrum of aesthetic and functional advantages, enabling homeowners and property managers to select a design that optimally complements their outdoor domain and personal predilections. The selection of material and design considerably influences the pergola's visual appeal, durability, and maintenance requisites, facilitating a customized strategy for enriching outdoor living areas.

Contact Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design for Your Pergola Project

Communication: Your Initial Step

Ready to enhance your outdoor space with a pergola? Reach out to us. Our team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of pergola creation.

Seamless Interaction for a Rewarding Experience

We value clear communication and responsiveness, ensuring a smooth process from initial contact to project completion.

Explore the Benefits of Pergolas

Pergolas are more than aesthetic additions; they offer functional benefits transforming your outdoor space into a versatile living area.

Preparing for Your Pergola Project

Embrace the potential of your outdoor space. Contact us to discuss your pergola project and learn how Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design can help turn your vision into reality.

Discover the Wave Outdoors Difference

Experience the transformative power of professionally designed pergolas. Your journey towards an enhanced outdoor space begins with Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design. Reach out to initiate your project.

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