Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends.
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KUBE Architecture, This modern renovation has pushed and pulled plains to give this box of a house some character and dimension.
Prefer modern to romantic? Consider a pergola with clean strong lines and contrasting textures.