building a backyard pergola attached to the house or a freestanding pergola can be done in two or three weekends. pergola materials are also fairly inexpensive. both open and covered pergolas provide a beautiful setting for backyard barbecues, fire pits, hot tubs, and more.
simple keys to building a diy pergola. for those interested, we do have the step by step plans in our etsy store. even after all of these years, it remains our most downloaded plan. see : diy pergola plans. start with a strong and secure base our very first pergola, still going strong at the farm. a strong and secure base is the single most important key to a long-lasting diy pergola. stay away from 4 x 4 posts.
first, you arent wasting multiple feet of your expensive pergola post lumber by shoving it 4-6 into the ground, which gives you better height options for your pergola overall and/or a less expensive project. second, installing steel brackets makes the actual installation of the pergola posts
in the end of the joining log, mill out wood at top and bottom to make a mortise to fit into and fill the slot, 2 inches thick, an inch or more high and full across the face of the log.
prep the area. select the site for the pergola. measure an area that is 8- x 8-feet square. use spray paint to mark the area. if you want a pergola thats smaller or larger, adjust the sizing as needed. use a post-hole digger to dig a hole 24 inches deep by 9 inches wide at each corner of the
this pergola takes full advantage of 8-foot-length boards, resulting in very little wasted wood. however, you can change the proportions of the pergola in any way you choose. for example, you can create a long, narrow walkway pergola by cutting the upper two-by-sixes in half, thus halving the pergola's width.
make sure the post material is rated for ground contact. to integrate a pergola into the existing landscape, theyre usually built square to the house or the nearest structure. lay out the post locations with stakes and string using the 3-4-5 method to ensure square corners.