"Pergola" is an Italian word that originally meant an outdoor structure designed to support climbing plants. Roof beams and rafters gave the plants something to cling to and over time, the pergola became a naturally shaded outdoor area. Pergolas were originally largely ornamental and freestanding, but could also be attached to the house. Like the patio, the meaning of the word was adopted in English speaking countries and its meaning expanded to include a variety of structures.
Today's pergolas often have metal, thatch, polycarbonate or other types of roofs and can be either attached to the home or detached. Detached pergolas can be square, rectangular, hexagonal, octagonal or even circular.
The brief was to get to root cause of a number of potentially unrelated structural problems in a Victorian house that had undergone a significant restoration/extension some 15 years ago. Adam demonstrated consummate theoretical knowledge and practical experience whilst completing his analysis before coming to fact based conclusions/recommendations. What I found most pleasing was his manner in explaining to us the thought processes in coming to the conclusions/recommendations and his professionalism in investigating ALL possible problems. I intend to recommend MCS to others who have a need for "deep" engineering experience.John Camm - Canterbury - VIC