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.
My husband doesn't always enjoy cooking on the concrete patio in the backyard. He wants to set the grill on something nice. We both agree that timber decking could add a bit more to our backyard and dining experience.