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.
Front yard is very important. It gives to the house great look. You can decorate your front yard with flowers, grass, rocks and a lot of other. When designing the plan, keep it simple and this will help on maintenance.