Good Fences, Good Neighbors — and Good Views See-through vertical fencing connects a yard with its surroundings while keeping children and pets safely inside--Contemporary Landscape by Suzman Design Associates
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.
these wood slats are utilitarian in the way they are connected to the substrate — countersunk screws — but note the care in angling the top of the projecting pieces, so water sheds off the wood. contemporary exterior by Fougeron Architecture FAIA