Case Study: Deck, Pergola, and Pavillion


Location: Furlong, PA

For this project in Furlong, PA, the homeowners wanted two distinct outdoor living areas in the same general backyard location. Specifically, they wanted one space to serve as the entertainment & ‘hang-out’ spot and another to use as an outdoor dining area.

‘‘We wanted a roof for the entertaining area- for protection from rain and for warmth.” But for the dining area- they wanted to preserve an ‘open air’ feel while still maintaining protection from periods of really intense sun.

After taking the time to really understand the client’s vision for the space and their style, the PLANT team went to work on a design.

The final result was a separate yet unified experience for outdoor dining and lounging at home. A pergola ended up being the perfect structure for providing shade in the dining area- protecting against intense sunlight while still preserving that ‘outside’ feeling. A wispy, ‘beach’ vibe infuses this roomy nook.

Whereas for the entertaining space, a pavilion was used to provide total overhead protection from the elements. A prominent outdoor fireplace is the designer’s equivalent of glue in this instance. Each element of the lounge-spot is tied together via the hearth’s central placement and dualistic nature that’s one part form and another part function.

Natural materials, muted earth tones and a shared wooden deck surface serve to bring both spaces into harmony with one another.


About JOn Kontz

Jon Kontz is CEO of PLANT Design Group, a landscape design company located in Newtown, PA. He has over 25 years of experience designing and building landscapes. He can be reached directly at jon@plantdesigngroup.comOutside of business hours, you can find Jon fly fishing, rock climbing and farming with his wife and children. PLANT Design Group is a landscape design and build company based in Newtown, PA. We specialize in exterior property design and outdoor living spaces including landscape, hardscape and exterior construction. Serving clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia, PA. Visit us at or to speak with us about your project today, call 215-321-5678. Plant Design Group At Hortulus Farm 60 Thompson Mill Rd, Newtown PA 1894