Decks and patios are the most common structures people prefer to build in their outdoor space. These alfresco structures are undoubtedly the best pick when it comes to backyard remodeling, but they can be expensive and time-consuming. Whereas a simple structure like a pergola offers similar benefits for a fraction of the cost.
Pergolas can be made from a variety of materials including wood, aluminum, and steel. Although wooden pergolas are widely preferred, you can choose other materials depending on your weather conditions and budget. This large structure is great for entertaining people outdoors and acts as an extension of your home.
If your deck or patio extends out from your home, you can use your timber pergola as a transition piece. It turns a plain landscape into something much more whimsical and visually appealing.
Here is the list of things you'll require to build a pergola.
You can erect a freestanding pergola at the front, side, or back of your home.
These independent structures allow you to carve out your own space, giving you a garden nook of sorts to read, relax, and unwind in the summer months.
For constructing a freestanding pergola, you'll need many resources including hand tools, power tools & different equipment such as
- Four long beams of your choice
- Galvanised deck screws
- Drills & saws
- Other accessories like chalk, measuring equipment, screws, etc.
Mark out the place where you want your pergola to stand. Dig four holes, one in each corner of your designated space. Add a bit of gravel to the bottom of the hole to absorb moisture. Place one of the beams in the hole, straight and upright, before pouring in pre-mixed quick-dry concrete. Repeat with all four beams. Cut the beams and fasten them to the pergola post to create your roofing base.
To set up a pergola, you don't have to be a professional, it can be your DIY project you can accomplish using a step-by-step guide.
Pergola Design Ideas
If you're a minimalist, you can let the wooden structure be as is and grow creepers around it. The green foliage will add a natural charm to it and will blend it with your garden. You can wrap fairy lights around the poles and add a wooden coffee table and four chairs to enjoy cocktails & beers with your mates.