...it should be lovely with an almost invisible cover over it.
There are a lot of you tube videos on " how to make Pergola" or if you could afford then hire some handy man to do it. Here is the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_746s68nmM
Hope it helps! Bushra - https://bushraslifestyle.com/
I would definitely look at the free plans online. Because as soon as you start having contractors come over to “shoot you a price” on what you define as being “a lovely beautiful Pergola”,
they’re not going to give you apples to apples bids unless you have a set of specific plans to show them.
You need a finite scope of work.
Take your time, and research footings, structure, wind load, building materials, and construction methodology.
That way when you talk to the contractors, you know exactly what you’re talking about and you get apples to apples bids.
Lastly, if the Pergola is attached to the house, or the garage, or is over a certain square footage, then you are in the territory of being required to have building permits.
Please research that as well.
Building permits are to protect you, and to enforce your contractor to build things that are safe, and legal; it is also a contract releasing you of liability in three ways.
These are two articles that show how we took our small and sad deck and turned it into a gorgeous entertainment space complete with a pergola. Hope they help with some inspiration! Hugs, Holly