After winning the hearts of viewers on the popular series ‘Bachelorette,’ the reality stars recently unveiled their new home renovation featuring a modern outdoor living space that includes the Azenco R-BLADE louvered roof pergola.
JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers first met under the bright lights of ‘The Bachelorette’ TV cameras in 2016. Defying the odds, the couple found true love amid the limelight of the reality show, and were engaged in the series finale. Fast forward seven years, and the newlyweds have launched a new chapter in their shared life living their tropical dream in a newly renovated home in Puerto Rico.
Previous to the show, Fletcher had made a business of buying and renovating homes in her home state of Texas. Soon, Rodgers would join her there, and the celebrity couple would co-host their own home renovation show while remodeling their first home together in Dallas. With that project just wrapping up, and the global pandemic postponing their planned nuptials multiple times, the couple escaped to Puerto Rico where Fletcher has family.
Living in the island paradise, Fletcher and Rodgers fell in love with Puerto Rico, and the amazing outdoor lifestyle that comes with living in the tropics, so they bought a home there and they embarked on a complete remodel of their new home. One key element of that renovation was creating an outdoor living space that was both beautiful and functional.
That’s when Rodgers went into research mode, scouring the internet and social media to find the best pergola manufacturer on the market.
Designing a Space When Life Is Better Outside
Jojo Fletcher and Rodgers came into the design process for their new outdoor living space with a distinct vision for the patio. It had to be beautiful and up to the caliber they had set with the rest of the whole home renovation, but it also needed to be functional.
Azenco’s local dealer on the island, brought its specialty design team to meet with the couple to discuss their vision. The pair soon realized the real expertise that Azenco and its nationwide network of expert pergola dealers bring to the table.
Together, the couple envisioned a large motorized adjustable louvered roof pergola stretching from the side of the home to the property line. With the ability to control the angle of the louvers, they would be able to position the roof for full shade when the sun was blazing down on the patio. They could also angle the louvers, creating shade while keeping the blades open to promote airflow. With the uniquely-designed dual walled louvers and gapless roof design of the Azenco R-BLADE, the couple could also close the roof to completely seal out the rain.
Accessible through the home’s dining space, the patio includes an outdoor cooking station complete with a grill and pizza oven. The opposite wall is dominated by an outdoor fireplace. Above the fireplace, a privacy wall clad in green plants insulates the patio from the neighboring home.
Style and Function – Better Design, Better Quality, Better Experience
The exterior style of their new pergola was of the utmost importance to Jojo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers. With the new home renovation dominated by a minimalist modern aesthetic, they wanted to ensure that characteristic would continue onto the patio and throughout the pergola itself. The clean exterior lines of the R-BLADE, unencumbered by visible assembly hardware, was the ideal solution for their vision.
Quality Product and Quality Design
The tropical climate in Puerto Rico was also top of mind as Fletcher and Rodgers selected a product for their pergola attached to the home. The very climate that draws people to the wind-sept paradise also puts a premium on durable outdoor living structures.
These routine rain showers and occasional fast-moving tropical storms were also a prime concern for Rodgers. Making the R-BLADE more autonomous, so it could combat the weather independently, the team recommended the addition of an integrated weather sensor array. This high-tech sensor monitors for rain, and automatically closes the roof during a shower. It also includes a wind sensor that automatically opens the louvers if potentially damaging winds are detected. In a region that sees more than its fair share of hurricanes, these sensors greatly improve the ability of the structure to weather such a storm.
Color Selection and Tropic Styling for the Covered Patio
The same protective powder coating that repels water on the pergola can also be custom color matched to any home exterior, or clad in a wood grain finish. So, the design opportunities for an Azenco pergola are endless. Jojo and Jordan ended up going with this white because they wanted everything else to work together. With the clean lines matching their house, and the greenery and the furniture pieces, it all turned out so beautiful.
The white pergola also provided a soft canvas off of which the integrated LED lights could play. Azenco offers LED light strips as well as standard LED light bars that can be added to any of its pergola roofs, but for her design, Fletcher choose Azenco’s recessed LEDs that ring the interior of the well-lit patio.
Project Challenges – The Azenco and SHO-Pros Experience
Like most home additions, any pergola installation can run into challenges along the way. This is one of the reasons to make sure to always work with an expert pergola specialist when designing and building a luxury custom pergola.
When it came time to install the new R-BLADE pergola, the SHO-Pros team faced one final challenge. The R-BLADE’s overall footprint was actually slightly larger than the patio area. So, the team chose to assemble the pergola outside the patio before rolling it into place on lifts. At the time, the patio’s glorious white tile flooring had yet to be installed, so the maneuvering the entre pergola superstructure into place took immense patience and finesse from the installation team.
Life is Better Outside
With their new motorized louvered pergola installed, and outfitted with all the amenities necessary for relaxing days and Caribbean nights, Jojo Fletcher and husband Jordan Rodgers are finally living their best outdoor lives in Puerto Rico.
- Manufacturing: 6 weeks (including two weeks to ship from Miami to Puerto Rico)
- Mounting on site: 5 days