Building a pergola can be a rewarding home project
The benefits to learning how to build a pergola for one of your first DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are its simplicity in design, cost, and time it takes to build from start to finish.
Pergolas add personality to your backyard
You can easily give your back yard some personality and character. Just a simple pergola adds that sense of warmth and relaxation that we all want in our home.
There are many pergola ideas to choose from
Some of the more popular pergola designs are for deck and patio covers. These are typically attached pergolas which just have supporting posts or columns on one side and the other side is attached to your house. A freestanding, or detached pergola like the one above would not be attached to a structure but is still a fantastic patio and barbeque cover. These can also be in the middle of your yard somewhere, most likely to shelter a seating area, spa or hot tub, garden, or even serve as car ports or garages.
And many types of pergolas for different purposes
A rooftop pergola could be attached to the top of a wall, vinyl fence or gate rather than secured into the ground to provide a more defined entryway into your front yard or other areas of your property.
A backyard garden pergola could be a place to grow and display your favorite vines. Planters can be attached between the posts for you to place and display your flowers. It can designate areas of your property by covering a spa, for example.
It can be the party pad, so to speak. You can have a pergola with walls, much like a gazebo. You can even build it around your outdoor kitchen to serve as the grill area.
For those who are planning a backyard wedding or reception, having a wedding pergola is the perfect look you’ll want to wow your guests with. These make perfect picture shots, too.
Choose from a variety of pergolas plans available
As you start to look into how to construct a pergola, you will find many places with free pergola plans to help you get started. You can do that right here on our own home page by signing up with your email. There are also many resources available to help you customize your own pergola plans. With very little prior woodworking or building experience, you can easily build a pergola on your own.
How to design a pergola
For a true pergola diy project you can design and draw your own pergola plans. It’s really not that difficult! It all starts with you determining exactly where you want your pergola to be and how you want to use it. If you look at the sample depicted above, the roof slats are small with fancy cut ends and are placed close together over the rafters to provide more shade. That’s one feature to consider. Using columns instead of square cut posts is another. Check out our other articles that will help you determine the steps you need to take to get started on designing and building your very own pergola.