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Diy Pergola Plans

18 Apr

Building a pergola is one of those constructions that really liven up the look of any garden, especially if the right plans and tools are used. The options you could choose from are virtually endless, as a pergola can take almost any size and shape. Work with attention and with great care from the very beginning, if you want to prevent mistakes and to keep the costs under control.

Strange as it might seem, there are lots of pergola plans free that contain step by step details and come with detailed diagrams. Make sure you look over the instructions before starting the actual constructions, as there are many things that you should take into account. The plans should come with all the materials needed for the job, their size and a few information about the woodworking techniques required for the job.

Diy pergola plans

Pergola Plans

Pergola Plans

If you really want an unique construction in your yard, there are a few tricks that could help you achieve this. First of all, we recommend you to build the pergola in a nice octagonal shape, exactly as in the image.

Using 6×6 lumber will help you create a nice effect and to enhance the shape and the proportions of the backyard pergola. Always check if the support beams are perfectly horizontal before fitting the shade elements. If you need more shade, you could cover the roof with a dense textile material.

Diy Pergola

Diy Pergola

If you want a different designs, you could build a gazebo-pergola. As you can easily see in the image, building a gazebo requires more materials and complex woodworking techniques, but anyone can get the job done if the right plans and tools are used.

Moreover, you could build basic benches on all sides of the gazebo and install a simple table in the middle of the surface. Adjust the design of the railings to your needs and work with great attention. A pergola isn’t the most complex diy project, but it still requires attention, quality tools and accurate measurements.

 

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Outdoor Pergola Plans

19 Jul

How can a pergola help you

Outdoor pergola plans

Pergola classic design

Generally speaking, if you like to spend time in the garden with the loved ones, a pergola would be an excellent place to relax, take dinner or have endless discussions. Nevertheless, taking into consideration pergolas come in a large variety of shapes and designs, you should start with the basic aspects related to this type of constructions. On one hand, you could build a beautiful patio pergola (free standing pergola), while on the other hand you could attach it to your house. Irrespective of your choice, you should plans everything from the very beginning, starting with the plans, materials and tools required for the job.

Firstly, you have to choose the right patio pergola plans for your needs, tastes and budget. If you search on the internet you can find a large amount of pergola plans, either free or in exchange of a small fee. The plans should come with a complete list of the wooden components required for the job, as well as the metal hardware needed for the task. It is essential to know the size of the components from the very beginning, otherwise you won’t be able to make an estimate or to build the all the components at once.

Don’t forget to go to your local building department to ask information about your project. While in certain cases you don’t need a building permit, there are situations in which you need to comply with several legal requirements when selecting the location of the pergola or when installing the posts into place.

Outdoor Pergola plans

Attached Pergola Plans

Pergola attached to house design

After you have selected the location for the pergola, you have to focus on the design of the outdoor pergola, such as selecting the materials, the size of the beams and the way you cut the ends of the shade elements. Even if these seem like minor aspects, we can assure you that the little details account for a significant role on the final design of your pergola. Work with great care and make sure you involve the rest of your family in this preliminary stages, if you want to obtain a results that fits the tastes of your loved ones.

On the other hand, you could build an attached pergola plans, if you want to enhance the look of your house and too add character to your backyard. Moreover, from our own experience, we can say that a pergola attache to your house is easier to build and costs a lot less, as compare to a free standing constructions. Nevertheless, this doesn’t make it a straight forward job, as you still have to anchor a wooden ledger to your house (drive in several bolts in the house framing) and attach the shade elements.

A pergola that covers your porch or deck is a practical construction, as it expands the living space of your house. Just image yourself taking dinner every afternoon, surrounded by grass, trees and singing birds.  If you want to get the job done in a luxurious manner, you could cover the pergola with poly-carbonate sheets and install several lattice panels. In this manner, the plans could climb the pergola, providing a nice cozy, shaded place to read a good book or to take a nap, in the summer days.

Although building a pergola might seem an expensive addition, it will generally raise the value of your property and bright up your mornings. The good new about this project is that it can be completed in just a few weekends, if you buy the right materials and work with good judgement. In addition, if you select the right plans for your needs, it should be a straight forward job, even for inexperienced handymen.

A pergola is a great opportunity to increase the value of your property and to impress the loved ones. Nonetheless, you should follow a tight schedule and plan everything from the very beginning. If you follow these rules, building a pergola is a complex project that can be done by anyone.

 

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