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Attached Pergola Pictures

Attached pergola pictures with pergola parts identification and detailed descriptions of the design features. All pergolas pictured are very easy to build in one weekend.

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You will learn how to measure out and prepare and mark your site, find out how to obtain permits (if you need them) and meet all local regulations that are needed.
You will learn what you will need to do to secure your posts to any possible surface.
You will receive a free pergola plan, but then also learn how to adapt the one you receive in case it is not the exact size and design that you need. You will also learn how to draw your own pergola plans from scratch including figuring out dimensions all around and then using that to create a material cut list.
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Look Out For Pergola Design Ideas All Around.

Curved Poolside Pergola

Curved Vinyl Poolside Pergola

While on vacation this summer, my family I noticed pergolas seemingly everywhere we went. Now, of course this is because that is what we do – we are always on the lookout for new and exciting pergola designs to share with our customers!

You might notice that once you have considered ways to upgrade your yard that you start to really see every landscaped space you encounter.

For instance, we saw some excellent samples of vinyl pergolas at our hotel. Just before we left someone contacted us about helping them install a vinyl pergola kit so these types were particularly on our minds.

The resort where we stayed had ten different pools and hot tubs spread out around the property and many of them overlooked the ocean. Every poolside area featured a shade structure with lounge chairs beneath it. Some of them were long and curved to match the line of the pool.

They all looked so clean and sharp thanks to the fact that they are super resistant to moisture damage and just need to be hosed off now and then to keep them clean.  I am sure that is why the hotel owner’s chose that type! Much less long term maintenance.

Once I saw my client’s property and that they wanted the vinyl pergola kit to be built over their hot tub which was just off the pool I could see why they chose to do that rather than build a wooden one on their own. It was going to cost a little more up front to buy and build the kit, but with the long term benefits, it was well worth it.

 

Securing Pergola Posts to a Stone Patio

On the topic of planning where to build a pergola, this question very frequently comes up:

“We have a newly landscaped yard with a beautiful stone paver patio/sitting area. We would really love to build a pergola over the site but our neighbor said that you can’t secure posts to stone – is that true?”

Unfortunately yes, that is true – BUT – there is a very easy work around. Carefully mark out on the patio site exactly where you would place the posts for your desired pergola design. Measure out all angles and distances to make sure your lines are true and level. We suggest marking out the diagonals to the center for a four post square or rectangle design to make sure they are equal.

Once you have the exact placement set, you would need to remove the stone pavers at those spots. Dig holes in the ground to the depth necessary to go below the frost line in your area (if that applies). Typically that is at least 2 feet, but could be more to account for potential frost heave. Pour cement footings and then set in place Simpson Strong Tie bracket mounts. When dry, secure posts into the bracket mounts and return the pavers to surround the posts.

Or like this?

Post secured into concrete footing with stone surrounding.

The concrete footings will provide the stability that the stone pavers could not and will ensure that the pergola would meet any city building codes and, more importantly, that it will stand solidly in place for years.

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Are DIY Pergola Plans As Easy as TV Makes Them Look?

This is a frequently asked question on the pergoladiy surveys. Many people watch the home improvement shows which inspire them to embark on all sorts of projects and inevitably they find out that things are not always as easy as they look on TV!

However, creating your own pergola plans and then following them to build your own pergola is not one of those. Yes, it really is that easy! It is especially easy if you start off with a set of existing plans or pergola kit assembly instructions and adapt them for your own yard.

This layout for the framework and base of an attached pergola is the perfect foundation to start out if you want to an attached design. It does not matter what material you will be using, or whether you will be putting your posts in the ground, on a deck or in concrete. This basic layout works for anything. The point is to get the idea of the angles and placement in your yard. Projection means the amount of overhang that the roof edges will have. Typically, a rafter piece will project 6 inches out from the posts on both sides. That is not a hard and fast rule, just a general guideline. Just make sure you do account for that overhang when measuring out the dimensions you want. You don’t want the roof pieces to be blocking any views or hitting any trees or other structures.

With a detached pergola, the layout is much simpler. It is all about here you want it in your yard, what shape and how big or small. If you already have an existing hardscaped patio area that makes your decision even easier. Just lay out the markings for post placement according to where you want it on the patio. Always check your diagonals to make sure the dimensions you set will provide straight and true edges and angles.

From there it is just a matter of the style you want and the amount of shade you need. Single or double beamed? Two layers of rafters or rafters and slats? How close together? Curved or straight? No matter what you decide on those, as long as you have your foundation drawn out, you will be set to get started.

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