Not all shady places are a bad thing!
A pergola is an outdoor structure consisting of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters. The roofing grid may be left open or covered so as to create an area sheltered from the elements. Pergolas may be freestanding or attached to a house.
Pergolas and patio covers let you spend time in your outdoor living area even on the most sweltering of Summer days. Pergolas are also great for defining spaces within the landscape and creating an inviting transition between the indoors and the outdoors.
Some hardscape companies charge a lot for pergolas. Probably because they don't really want to do them, or because they sub those out to a deck guy. We at Kansas City Hardscapes do these ourselves. Our basic 10 x 10 cedar pergola is only $2995. A 12 x 12 cedar pergola is $3995, and our 14 x 14 is $4995. We also do custom sizes on pergolas.