Timber frame designs: Pergolas and Pavilions
A pergola has a flat roof, creating an outdoor room with partial shade. You may choose to grow vines on it, which would provide deeper shade for the summer months.
A pavilion, on the other hand, has a roof. It can extend your backyard season with its more protected space.
A larger pavilion could be the frame for a small cottage or other building. Some other small building designs are here.
Here are some designs for pergolas and pavilions using timber frame joinery. See also some actual pergolas and pavilions that we have built.