when building a project like the pergola, always use safety gear. don't attempt to handle the rafters and beams by yourself. this project is a more advanced one than the average diyer can handle. if you do not feel comfortable tackling this by yourself, seek the help of an experienced builder.
locate a flat level spot to build the pergola. mark locations for four, 4-inch-by-4-inch red cedar posts, exactly 8 feet apart, measured from the outside face of each post, forming a perfect square.
building your pergola. a pergola is really made up of 4 distinct parts 1 posts, 2 header boards, 3 purlins, and 4 stringer boards. note : we do have complete step by step plans on our etsy site here : complete pergola plans
if you have all conditions fulfilled in terms of availability of space and permission, here is a short guide on how to build a pitched roof pergola. choosing a design for the pitched pergola roof you can choose from a wide range pergola pitched roof designs based on factors like available space, local building regulations and requirements.
build a pergola. dig holes for all posts; these should be 30cm x 30cm 1ft x 1ft wide and 60cm 2ft deep. prop a post upright in one of the holes, then do the same for its neighbour.
screw the cross beams into the posts with bolts or 4 inches 10 cm screws. place 2 screws on each end of the cross beam to secure them tightly. your pergola should now have 2 cross beams running parallel to each other on each side of the structure. if the beams aren't level, remove the nail and adjust their placement.