MyWeku Restaurant: The sky is the limit if you have a roof over your head
The pergola structure has been ready to be roofed for a while. As the saying goes “The sky is the limit if you have a roof over your head.” In Ghana, never mind the sky, it’s a tropical downpour i’m more concerned about. Alfresco dining in warm weather is enviable anywhere in the world but of course a balance needs to be struck for when the elements change suddenly and outdoor dining becomes a pain. The pergola has been designed with this balance in mind. It is designed to be covered or roofed if you like, but with the same feel and ambience as sitting outdoors.
The beams, made up of wood is the structural framework designed to bridge the space above the pergola and to provide support for the roof were installed first. Wawa boards were used for the ceiling but before these were put in Sammy the electrician was on standby with his team to put in wires for the various electrical bits like lighting, fans and music speakers.
The roofing material itself was the subject of weeks long conversations. We considered a clear plastic (plexiglass, acrylic, lexan or polycarbonate) to begin with. Even though they seemed reasonably priced my concern was keeping it clean enough in such a dust and debris filled environment to remain transparent. Of course a transparent roof would let in more light than all others but in Ghana, where the rays of the sun are scorching and piercing we were convinced plenty of light would flood into the pergola anyway.
In the end we opted for a fully covered opaque roof. This option should also be more flexible in turning the ceiling lights into centre pieces.