Well, I will tell you all that I wasn't sure I could create something beautiful and keep it budget friendly for this particular type of outdoor structure. Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! For Installation using method below: otherwise you will need to purchase alternate hardware for fastening to concrete in a form or using post anchors on your patio etc. Note: This cut list will change if you alter your method for installing and change the dimensions.
4 - 6x6 Posts at 8' if you prefer 10' height, this will change as an exact measurement if you install as outlined below. 8 - 1x3 at 7" (Upper Post Trim) - if you prefer to miter the corners you will need 16 at this length.
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!
Dig each footing hole about 18-inches-wide and 24-inches-deep, or to the frost line, whichever depth is greater. Image of the different options explained: click on the link above and scroll down for information on these methods. Build the Frame of the structure: Attach the beams with Screws, then drill for bolts and secure using 9" Carriage Bolts on the sides that have double beams.
This image shows the manner we will attach the beams in example C: and in the right hand example in the image just below that. Attach the Rafters: Use 3" Galvanized Deck Screws, pre-drill at an angle down through the side, then bottom of the rafter, and into the beams. Trim out your posts up at the top under the beams and at the bottom covering your hardware or for decorative purposes. Image Source: the few images included in addition to my own drawings, are from the site I have provided a link to above, for installation methods.
The benefits to learning  how to build a pergola for one of your first DIY  projects are its simplicity in design, cost, and time it takes to build from start to finish. A roof pergola could be attached to the top of a wall, 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. 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. As you start to look into how to construct a pergola, you will find many places with free plans to help you get started. This project started when the homeowner visited Gerrick Carpentry, a longtime ShadeFX dealer, for a custom pergola by their pool.
I clearly didn't have enough faith in myself because now that I am finished, I feel a bit like superwoman!

If you need help calculating any of your new dimensions, feel free to send me an email and I can help walk you through it. If you are planning on cementing the post directly into the ground, you will need to allow for that added length.
Choose wood appropriate for outdoor use if possible to ensure a greater lifetime for this structure. Some counties are very strict regarding anything that can be construed as a structure in, near or around your home. Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project.
Fill each hole with concrete, then insert a 42-inch-long piece of ?-inch-diameter galvanized-metal pipe. For those of you working over a patio you will install the posts with the hardware required and make sure each post is plumb and square to all of the other posts. Go through the beams and the post, slip on a washer and nut on the inside of the inner beam or post and tighten.
Fasten the first screw on one side then the next screw from the other side, and so on, so that it is well balanced and supported on both sides.
Just a simple pergola adds that sense of warmth and relaxation that we all want in our home. Please sign up with your email on the banner above or in the box below and take our survey. In return, you will receive a free pergola plan and also be enrolled to receive a 3 week Pergola Building e-Course that will teach you everything to get you started on your own DIY pergola project. They wanted something that would make the ultimate outdoor living space with the practical functionality of sun protection and the added privacy of the lattice panel that Gerrick specializes in. With the addition of the rain protection provided by the retractable pergola canopy, the prospect of cushioned furniture became that much more appealing.
Our compliments go to the homeowner for achieving the pinnacle of style and comfort in their outdoor living lifestyle.
The Building Department can help you determine an appropriate distance from your home as well as an appropriate level to bury your posts. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. I have designed this to be at an 8' height and width for cost, however you are welcome to increase this height and the overall dimensions as desired for your space. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! They just have supporting posts or columns on one side and the other side is attached to your house.

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. Nobody wants to have to cover furniture or take in cushions every time there is a shower on the horizon. You will want to secure them just below the frost line if you live in a locale that has freezing temps at any point. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you go beyond the 10' mark, consider adding a third pair of posts to increase the strength and stability of your structure.
I wanted to keep this simple with no special tools required but this is subjective and you can choose your preference. Since this project is about being efficient and budget friendly I am giving you permission for overkill because it is easier that way.
Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy.
If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Check to be sure that each post is perfectly plumb; if necessary, drive a cedar-shingle shim underneath to align it.
Again you can choose to miter the corners for a more finished appearance but this is optional. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It has a full set of posts and support beams allowing it to placed anywhere in your yard, most likely to shelter a seating area, spa or hot tub, garden, or even serve as car ports or garages.
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project.
Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead.

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