tips for pergola building

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Topic by ezgnann posted 10-07-2011 02:23 PM 4084 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2011 02:23 PM

I have decided to build a pergola over a brick patio in the front yard of our home. The brick patio is existing and I want to spice up the front of the house a little.

I have been looking online at some pictures and information on pergolas, but I have not found too many construction tips. It is built in my head – now I just have to get it off the ground!

Approximate dimensions will be 8×10. What would be the best type of wood for this? in my mind, cedar is preferably to treated. However the pergola needs to look nice and to last.

Any tips out there on pergola building?

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02-05-2011 07:55 AM

Cedar is a good choice for your material. It is lightweight making it easier to work with and insects don’t care much for it. Make sure and raise the posts off the patio using Simpson Bases with anchors. You can stain/seal it any color you choose. I like to use SketchUp to help me envision my projects when they are in the planning stages. It helps me visualize not only the project but also the joinery. Slight learning curve, but very helpful nevertheless. Here are links to two of my most recent. “http://homerefurbers.com/projects/324” and “http://homerefurbers.com/projects/390”. Hope this helps.

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02-27-2011 05:19 AM

douglas fir works fine if you plan to paint it. make a template for your end design and then you can use a pattern bit for router to make them all identical with very little effort. notching members at right angles makes an incredibly strong structure. plant some wysteria next to it for great shade and scents.

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