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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Wooden Table Plans Free

14 Jul

Wooden Table Plans Free

Outdoor chair plans

Outdoor chair plans

Outdoor table plans would enhance your patio, especially if you like to spend you time together with your friends and family. Taking into consideration the high price of outdoor tables, you could get the job done by yourself and get an unique design, that fits your needs and  tastes. If you know the basic woodworking techniques and use proper materials, you could obtain a professional result.

Go to several lumberyards and ask an estimate for the needed materials and choose the best offer in terms of money and quality. If you will place the table in your backyard, buy lumber designed for this task, such as cedar, redwood or pressure-treated lumber. After you get the job done, apply several coats of varnish or paint, to protect the wood from wood decay or water damage.


  • 4×4 Lumber – for the legs
  • 2×4 Lumber – aprons
  • 1×6 Lumber – top of the table
  • 3” screws


  • Circular saw
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Drill machinery
  • screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Handsaw

Top Tip:

  • Round the edges of the wooden components with a router and a 1/4” bit
  • Sand the wooden surfaces with a sander, using first 120-grit sandpaper and last fine-grit sandpaper
  • Measure the lumber several times, before cutting the components with a circular saw

Building A Wooden Table

If you want to get a neat look, you could use butt joints, even if they are quite a complicate task. Nevertheless, you could get the job done as a professional, by using a jigsaw, a drill and a hammer. Work with great care and with good judgement, making sure you pick the lumber that is straight and knot-free. Check the wooden boards before buying them, otherwise you might not be satisfied with the end result. You should also consider adding outdoor bench plans to your deck or patio, to enhance the look of your garden.

Outdoor table plans

Outdoor table plans

First of all, you have to build the wooden legs of the table, from 4×4 lumber. Measure the 30” long legs and cut the components with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with a sand block, in order to get a nice appearance.  With the legs cut,  you have to install the 2×4 aprons into place. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and lock the components together with screws. In order to get the job done like a pro, you should pre-drill holes, before inserting the 3” screws.

Continue the project by installing the stretchers into place, making sure it is flush with the four leg of the table. Cut the boards that form the top of the wooden table  and install them into place with decking screws. Countersink the head of the screws and fill the holes with wood putty. Sand the wooden surface with am orbital sander and apply several coats of varnish or protective paint.

If you want to complete the woodworking project in a professional manner, hide the edges of the boards, by installing 2×2 trims. Nevertheless, you could also round the edges of the slats with a 1/4”, if you don’t want to fit 2×2 trims into place.

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Diy pizza oven plans

3 Jul

Building a diy pizza oven

Building a pizza oven

Building a pizza oven

Building an outdoor pizza oven plans in your garden is one of those projects that would change dramatically the look f your backyard and add value to your property. You have probably seen many pizza oven plans and designs, therefore you have a large variety of projects to choose from. Nevertheless, there are many issues that might come up during the construction process, if you don’t pay attention to the main steps and don’t use the right tools.  The best part of the construction process is that you can get the job done in a professional manner, even if you don’t have expertise in the field.

From our own experience we can say that anyone can learn the basics about  building an outdoor pizza oven, if  you follow this step by step article. Work with good judgement and plan everything from the very beginning. One of the biggest mistakes that can be done is to underestimate the importance of the planning phase. You should either buy professional plans, that come in exchange of a small charge, or you could search on the internet free plans. Moreover, encourage your family to come up with creative inputs and try to harmonize them in a beautiful project.

Building a brick oven using diy plans

Outdoor pizza oven

Outdoor pizza oven

After you have the plans that satisfy your needs and budget, you should select a location that comply with the local building codes. There are many legal requirement that regulate many aspects of the construction, such as the size of the shed, the depth of the footing and the materials used. We strongly recommend you to consult the specialists in the building department, before starting the actual project.

On the other hand, there are several tools and materials you have to use in order to work like a pro. Therefore, you should know that you need a wet saw, a tape measure, a concrete mixer, a miter saw and safety gloves. If you don’t afford to buy these tools, we recommend you to rent them for a few days.

The location of the pizza oven influences the success of any project, therefore you have to study the matter thoroughly. Make sure the location complies with the local building codes. Moreover, the pizza oven should be placed near your house, near a large patio or deck. If you really want to impress your friends, you should add a barbeque, an outdoor stove, several wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Buy the materials required for the job, from your local diy store, using the lists that comes with the free pizza oven plans. In order to get the best offer, we recommend you to ask estimates from several stores and to choose the best products in terms of quality and money. The bricks should be in a good condition, meaning they shouldn’t have cracks or other visible flaws. Store the materials in your shed or on a horizontal surface, otherwise they might get damaged over time.

Building an Outdoor Pizza Oven

Outdoor bbq plans

Outdoor bbq plans

First, you need to pour a sturdy concrete foundation, otherwise the construction might surpass over time. Dig 10” in the ground, install a wooden form and a reinforcing net, before pouring the concrete. Let the concrete dry out for a few days and afterwards continue the project.

Building the base of the outdoor pizza oven plans is a straight forward process, if you use the right materials and tools. Place the concrete blocks on the foundation and build the walls, from concrete blocks. Mix a small quantity of mortar and spread it on the blocks, before laying the rest of the concrete bricks. Afterwards, build a wooden form and pour the concrete counter-top.

Last but not least, you have to build the brick dome and install the chimney. Work with great care when laying the bricks and adjust their size, with a wet saw, if needed. The chimney is high enough to direct the smoke far away from flammable substances and wooden constructions, to prevent potential issues. You could also add an insulation over the brick dome, using a mix of concrete and vermiculite.

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How to build a simple shed

21 Jun

Plans for Storage Sheds

If you are a handy person and you have enough time to undertake such a complex project, you can build a basic shed in just one week. Nevertheless, you need to follow a certain procedure, if you want to get a professional result. That is why, you should choose the right free garden shed plans for your needs, tastes and budget and select the location for your construction.

If you are considering building  a storage shed by yourself, you will have to find the right plans, to make the construction simple and to avoid the common issues. Fortunately, there are many different blueprints to choose, therefore it is a real challenge to find the plans and designs that satisfy best your needs and tastes. There are gable sheds, sheds with gambler roofs, or lean-to constructions that are ideal to be attached to your house or to a concrete fence. The easiest way to obtain the plans is to search on the internet. Moreover, you should know there are shed plans that are free, while others come at a small cost.  Nevertheless, you should also read books specialized in this field and magazines that provide ideas and tips regarding the building process.

Building a simple shed

Garden shed plans free

Garden shed plans free

Afterwards, you have to decide the size of the backyard construction, and check the local building codes, in order to obtain the needed permits. For example, you have to know the  distance between the shed and the property line, the depth of the concrete footings, the size and the materials you need to get the job done. Nevertheless, there are certain cases in which you don’t need a building permit, so make sure you go to your local department from the very beginning.

Next, you should buy the required materials and rent the tools needed for the construction. In most of the cases, you need to use the following tools: hammer, circular saw, drill and drill bits, ladder, framing square, level, screwdriver, tape measure, protective gloves and safety eyeglasses. If you have enough time to build a storage shed plans by yourself, you could save a significant amount of money. On the other hand, you could also buy a kit or a hire a team of qualified builders. As you probably imagine, assembling a shed kit is a straight forward process, as it comes with all the needed components and with simple to follow instructions.

Smart tip

Make sure you select the lumber and the rest of the articles with great care. Therefore, check the wooden components and select only the straight ones, that don’t have visible flaws (knots, cracks, twists).  In addition, the lumber should be designed for outdoor use, therefore you have to invest in quality materials, such as pressure-treated lumber, cedar, redwood or pine. Moreover, the lumber should be dried out, otherwise it might crack or twist in time. The pine is the softest and easiest lumber to work with, but it is not as durable as the cedar and redwood. Cedar and redwood are harder and more expensive, but they will resist for many decades in a row.

How to build a shed

How to build a storage shed

How to build a storage shed

Good free shed plans are available from the HowToSpecialist.com website. Nonetheless, we recommend you to find several alternatives  and to make your own design, according to your own unique needs and tastes. Before starting the construction of the shed, you need to learn the basic carpentry techniques. Don’t forget to buy or rent a miter saw, as it is a great way to cut the lumber at different angles, accurately.

You can either secure the shed to a concrete slab, or you can pour several concrete footing and build a sturdy floor. If you choose to pour the concrete footings, you need one pier for each post. Moreover, if you want to obtain a professional result, you have to consult the local building codes (they provide information regarding the depth and diameter of the footings).

Smart tip

If you don’t have enough experience or time to get the job done by yourself, you should hire a general contractor or buy a wooden kit. A general contractor will get the job done accurately, but it will increase the total costs of your project. On the other hand, a shed kit is a great way to obtain a nice appearance, while keeping the expenditures under control. All the wooden components come pre-cut and the kit also contains the needed accessories, such as screws, nails and asphalt shingles.

There are lots of options when it comes to building your own storage shed, therefore the key is to plan everything from the very beginning. If you need a strong motivation, just think at the storage capacity of the shed and the way it will improve your life. Irrespective of your lifestyle, it is always a good thing to have the tools well organized.


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Square Gazebo Plans Free

15 Jun

A square gazebo plans is a great construction for any garden, especially if you like to spend your time outside and realax together with your family and friends. There are many reasons to add a gazebo to your backyard.  Most of the people like a new deck to expand the living space and to increase the value of their property with a significant percent. In addition, you would also create a space for entertaining and relaxing purposes, all at a decent cost. Nevertheless, in order to attain all these advantages, you need to start your project with a thorough planning. A properly planned gazebo will fit perfectly with your house and garden, making a smooth transition between their style and the design of your new construction.

What Does Building a Square Gazebo Imply

How to build a square gazebo

How to build a square gazebo

Building a square gazebo is a straight forward job, therefore anyone with the basic woodworking skills can get the task done without much effort. As compared to a kitchen remodel, this project won’t affect your day to day life, as the mess is kept outdoors. Therefore, you have to buy the materials and store them properly in your shed or in other are protected from water and sun. Before starting the actual construction, you should learn how to build a gazebo and with the needed techniques and methods, otherwise you could be taken aback by unpredictable situations.

First of all, you have to involve your family in the planning process, as the gazebo should reflect the personality of all the members of your family. Therefore, try to encourage them to come up with constructive ideas, or talk to a friend who has done a similar project recently. Next, you have to draw the plans, obtain the permits, choose the right technical solution, select the flooring patters, the railing design and build the gazebo in a professional manner.

Choosing the Right Gazebo Design

As you probably imagine, the gazebo design, shapes, sizes and cost can vary extensively, therefore you should select the one that fit best your needs, tastes and budget. Nevertheless, from a construction point of view, all gazebos have many things in common: you should install the posts into place, build a sturdy flooring, install the roof rafters, place the roofing sheets and set the railings into place.

In order to design the gazebo according to your unique needs and tastes, we recommend you to draw many sketches, getting the inspiration from books, magazines or from specialized sites. Moreover, if you happen to see an appealing gazebo, you should talk to the owners to see what obstacles they have faced during the construction process and how they have overcome them. Don’t be afraid to take several pictures and notes, as they could be extremely helpful when building your own square gazebo.

Advantages of a Square Gazebo

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Your family members might have different views regarding their ideal gazebo, therefore you should listen to their suggestions and try to harmonize them in order to obtain a result appealing to all of them. From our own experience, we think that you should plan a cooking area (a brick barbeque with several stainless steel appliances) near the gazebo, to enhance the summer afternoons spent with your family and friends. If you plan to use the barbeque often, you should consider adding a sink near the cooking area.

When planning the design of your dream square gazebo, you should also take into consideration the landscape of your garden. Therefore, position the gazebo as to take advantage of the best angles of your garden. In addition, if you want to use your gazebo after dark, you have to install proper lightning. In order to obtain a neat look, conceal the the wires so that there aren’t that visible.


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