Diy pergola. So why build it. Included in the free pergola plan is building instructions a list of materials and tools youll need photos and even videos. This simple pergola is a diy project that you can complete during the weekend with inexpensive materials.
If you can dig holes and make straight cuts through a board you can build this simple pergola. To dig the post holes you can use a clamshell digger power auger or a shovel. Add a few inches of gravel to the bottom of the holes for drainage.
Select the site for the pergola and mark the placement of the four posts. As far as diy projects go this is a pretty easy one that will make a big impact. 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.
So if you are an experienced builder this pergola should be right up your alley. This is a free standing pergola so you can put it anywhere you want. If you want something fancier you can easily customize it with additional decorative details or paint afterward.
Pergola shade covers are a second type which attach beneath the pergola lattice structure providing a beautiful draping accordion effect under the beams. Your local building codes should specify a recommended depth for post holes in your area. And finally pergola covers attach above the lattice work providing a shade cover that is a largely persistent overhead cover.
Diy network has a free pergola plan if you want to build a pergola over an existing deck. In this project our pergola will be built at the corners of an existing retaining wall. Follow these step by step garden pergola designs to build a pergola for shade in your yard your garden or over your deck.
Use a post hole digger or two person auger to dig holes to a depth of 24 and width of 9.