So Hot It’s Cool

You know it’s Summer when Death Valley is supposed to reach 131 degrees over the weekend. Even the nights are supposed to be in the triple digits.

That’s so hot it’s kind of cool . . .

But what’s even cooler is shade!

Pergolas, which are Latin for projected eve (shaded garden, or courtyard space,) are very cool right now. They have been popular since the Renaissance, when the Italians emphasized outdoor living spaces. And if our area doesn’t reach 131 degrees, extra shade is welcome. Even if we’re only hovering around the triple digit mark (still hot!)

Pictured: Tahoe built this garden pergola out of reclaimed pressure treated framing and repurposed cedar grape stakes in Carson City.