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.
upper patio (just gathering ideas for Earthship)--------Capri Island with Jean-Louis Deniot
Deck: storage benches DIY deck and storage boxes/seating Bench for exercise room. Just make it wider to be more like a bed.