Diy pergola. If you can dig holes and make straight cuts through a board you can build this simple pergola. Select the site for the pergola and mark the placement of the four posts. Insert 4 x 4 posts in holes.
The pergola is meant to go over a sitting area that is surrounded by a garden but you could also use it to go over a rose garden. A pergola is a structure that wont provide shelter from wind or rain and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. Because in the absence of walls and a roof.
So why build it. Diy network has a free pergola plan if you want to build a pergola over an existing deck. Pergola shade covers are a second type which attach beneath the pergola lattice structure providing a beautiful draping accordion effect under the beams.
Included in the free pergola plan is building instructions a list of materials and tools youll need photos and even videos. Use a post hole digger or two person auger to dig holes to a depth of 24 and width of 9. To dig the post holes you can use a clamshell digger power auger or a shovel.
This simple pergola is a diy project that you can complete during the weekend with inexpensive materials. Follow these step by step garden pergola designs to build a pergola for shade in your yard your garden or over your deck. As far as diy projects go this is a pretty easy one that will make a big impact.
So if you are an experienced builder this pergola should be right up your alley. And finally pergola covers attach above the lattice work providing a shade cover that is a largely persistent overhead cover. Your local building codes should specify a recommended depth for post holes in your area.
This is a free standing pergola so you can put it anywhere you want.