At the same time, we're taking advantage of pouring concrete and we're setting our 6x6 posts that will support our pergola. In regards to the ledger board, the current plan will be a 2x6 board going over the top of our siding. You would be so much better off making this a free standing roof by using more post near the house wall. If there is already a slab, you will probably need to use post base anchors for the two posts that are away from the house. Your siding looks beautiful (Hardyboard perhaps?) and it would be a shame to see a ledger all plastered up with flashing and roofing cement to try and keep the water out.
After you have made a thorough sketch of the pergola you should jot down a list with all the materials required for your woodworking project. In this plans we show you how to build a simple pergola attached to your house, in order to change dramatically the look of your property. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to be the first that gets our latest plans and for some other exclusive content. Also, follow us on Pinterest to get many ideas for your backyard from all the internet! Before beginning the actual work, you have to decide the anchoring system of the wooden posts. On the other hand, you could install the posts to a concrete slab or patio, by using metal anchors and appropriate screws. Next, you have to cut the wooden posts at the proper size for your needs and install them into place, in a professional manner. Top Tip: There is no standard size for a pergola attached to the house, therefore you should adjust its dimensions according to your needs.
As you can see in the image, you could make your pergola unique by installing the v-shaped slats in the front.
After you have installed the shade elements into place, you should get the job done by fitting 2×2 trims to the wooden posts. Before applying several coats of wood stain or paint, you have to fill the holes, the gaps and the cracks with wood putty. I have been looking at various plans and post brackets and am hoping someone can view the link below for both post mount options and layout and advise me on which option is best under the circumstances. We are on a tight budget for this after what we spent on the new concrete so can't afford Cedar and can't wait for pressure treated to dry out since I'm in Michigan because it will be winter by then. I will be using knee braces just like his so it doesn't upstruct view and will use same rafter layout too.
I would also like to hear from other people that have attached Pergolas to concrete to see how they have held up and what they used to attach.
Why would anyone spend money to have a stamped and colored concrete patio, and leave the concrete block alone is missing the big picture.
I took her to look at some vinyl post sleeves today that I want to use to protect the 6x6 wood posts instead of spending a fortune on columns, but the rest will be just painted wood.
If you look on my site you can find a pic of a pavillian I built for a neighborhood park back in early 90's.
Those post base are not cheap tho, last ones I had made cost 100.00 a piece, but they will hold up like no other. Other that you could put handrails between the post to sturdy it up or build knee walls with siding between the post. An attached pergola requires a ledger anchored to your house, several outer posts (according to the size of your pergola) and wooden shading elements. There are many designs you can choose from when building your attached pergola, but you have to remember that the more complex the shape, the greater the costs.
Building an attached pergola is a straight forward job, if you evaluate the situation properly and select the building plans with good judgement.
Smart tip: An attached pergola will enhance the look of your house an add value to your property. Smart Tip: The best way to use the pergola at its full potential, is to build it on a large deck or patio. The height of the posts should vary according to your needs and tastes, but in general it should be between 8-9′. Smart Tip: If you use screws and not nails, you have to pre-drill holes in the breams, to prevent wood from splitting.
In our attached pergola plans you can also see how to cut the ends of the beams, as to obtain a nice design. Smart Tip: After you have cut the decorative ends of the beams with a a jigsaw, we recommend you to smooth their edges with a sanding block.
Installing the 2×6 shade elements perpendicularly on the support beams can be done in several ways.
Placing the shade elements is not difficult, especially if you ask a friend to assist you and hold them into position while you drive in the screws. Smart Tip:  The distance between the shading elements will have a direct impact on the sunlight that gets trough the roof, therefore adjust it to your needs.
If you want to add personality to your attached pergola, we recommend you to follow our plans and cut the ends of the shade elements in an unique manner. After you have installed all the parts into place in a professional manner, you have to fill the holes and other gaps with wood putty, let it dry for several days and then sand the surface with medium grit. Smart Tip: If you want to enjoy the comfort of your attached pergola even during the rainy days, you could cover it with poly-carbonate sheets. After you have built the main structure, you should customize the attached pergola, according to your needs and tastes. Smart Tip: On the other hand, you could also install a rustic wooden bench and a simple planter to add character to the wooden pergola.
Thank you for reading our article about attached pergola plans and we recommend you to check out the rest of our projects. Generally speaking, there are many designs and ideas you can choose from, but it is also essential to select the right location, use proper materials and master several woodworking techniques, before starting the actual construction. Nevertheless, you have to remember that it is possible to adjust its dimensions to fit your needs, while using the same carpentry methods.
First of all, you have to lay out the pergola, after choosing the place where you want to build it. Smart Tip: After you have leveled the surface with a trowel, you should install adjustable posts anchor or set the posts directly in the tube forms using braces.
After setting the posts into position, you should install the support beams by driving in 7” carriage bolts. The support beams and the shade elements have decorative ends to provide a add character to the pergola. After installing the support beams on one side of the pergola, you have to proceed in the same manner for the opposite side. Securing the shade elements into position can be done in several ways, but you should choose the method you find the most convenient. Use several C-clamps or ask a friend to hold them into place, while you toenail them using 4” screws.

Smart tip: Work with great care and use a spirit level regularly, to make sure the posts, support beams and shade elements are perfectly plumb or level.
Next, install 2×2 slats over the pergola, to add a dramatic look to your construction. Smart tip:  When securing the components together, we recommend you to use galvanized or stainless steel screws. Thank you for reading our article about pergola plans free and we recommend you to check out the rest of our projects. Imagine how nice it would be to sit in your garden, shaded from the sun, enjoying a cool drink while the breeze pushes the scent of your favorite flower from overhead.
Get the best of both worlds with the Adjustable Patio Cover which allows you to have a pergola with movable louvers. A pergola is a free-standing garden structure that is usually used to support climbing vines, and to shade garden sitting areas.
Due to many Inquires in regards to your local city permits we have assigned a designated in home zoning officer to help you determined what are the requirements needed to install such a patio. Once you've chosen a style of pergola, you'll need to choose the material, since most pergulas are used to grow vines and plants on them it is recommended to use wood for beams and posts as wood will provide the necessary friction for those plants to attached themselves and nourish their growth, also wood material will blend perfectly with the living trees and plants that surround the pergola. The most affordable wood type people usually use for a pergola is either Cedar or Redwood for their wood patio covers or pergolas. The dimensions of the pergola will be about 24x15, with one side attached to the house via ledger board, and the other side supported by 3 PT 6x6 posts. My concern is moisture seeping in behind the board and getting stuck between it and the siding.
We'll be using 2x6 boards going across, and then 2x2's on the very top (parallel to the ledger).
So the area we would put in posts near the house, we'd either need to break up some concrete to add the posts, or use those anchors that I'd rather not use.
In this article we show you how to build a pergola attached to the house, as well as the tools and materials required for the job. There are many designs and shapes to choose from, but you should select the right plans for your own needs and tastes. In addition, the 2×2 shade elements would add a dramatic look to your project, as well as the small slope of the roof. On one hand, you could dig 2-3′ deep holes in the ground, install tube forms and pour concrete footing. Before driving in 3” lag screws, we recommend you to plumb the posts with a spirit level and to lock them into place with two braces and several C-clamps. In order to obtain a proper result, we recommend you to build both beams from 2×8 lumber.
In most of the cases, the ledger should have the same size and dimension as the support beams. As you can see in the pergola attached to the house plans, you have to waterproof the connection between the ledger and the house, using a two-piece flashing.
Cut the components at the right size and lock them into place, by driving in decking screws at both ends.
Don’t forget to let the compound to dry out, before sanding the surface with 120-grit sandpaper, using a sander. Afterwards, you should protect the wood from water damage and decay, by applying several coats of stain or paint.
If you want to see more outdoor plans, we recommend you to check out the rest of our step by step projects. I plan to put a polycarb clear roof on it to protect the furniture underneath from rain as well as adding curtains that can be pulled back on either side for privacy from neighbors. Since this one doesnt list size or Pergola or lumber, I am thinking of 2x10's for outer beams and 2x8s for rafters.
She got the Patio redone last month and for structural reasons, and was so happy with how it turned out that she ended up getting new patio furniture too. We are still deciding whether to just use an opaque stain over the block, or using portland stucco or quickwall with a colored stain. I have a welder make custom post base that go into the concrete when poured, too late for that now tho. Building a pergola attached to your house is a complex project, but you can get the job done by yourself, if you follow our plans free and use the right tips, techniques and materials. As you can see, there is nothing complicated involved in the building process, provided you work with great care and make sure everything is well aligned and leveled. Therefore, you should make a blueprint of the pergola before starting the actual project, in which we recommend you to wrote down the dimensions of the components and their costs. As you can see in the image, the construction involves the installation of several elements, therefore you have to plan everything from the very beginning. Work with great care and align the components carefully, in order to avoid potential issues.
While the building techniques are similar, a beam positioned differently, or the materials used have a significant impact on the  look of your pergola. Nevertheless, you have to remember that you can adjust the size of the cut ends, according to the materials you use, to fit your needs and tastes perfectly.
First, you can notch the shade elements and fit them between the support beams, or place them over the beams without cutting them out.
Lock the cross-beams into place, by toenailing them with appropriate screws, after drilling pilot holes.
Usually, we place the crossbeams every 1-2′, but you should fit them according to your own needs. As we have already mentioned, we use usually 2×6 beams to build these elements, but you can get the job done also with 2x4s.
As you can see in the plans, the best way to lock them into place is by cutting notches at their joints with the shade elements. Nevertheless, it is essential to drain the water, therefore the roof should have a little slope. Therefore, you could, for example, install x-shaped railings and balusters, in order to enhance the look of your house. Don’t forget to share our projects with your friend, by using the social media widgets.
Building a large patio pergola is an easy and fun project, provided you use the right plans, tools and techniques for your needs and tastes.
In this article about free pergola plans we show you how to build a basic pergola, along with the techniques and materials required for the job. Installing the wooden posts, the support beams or the shade elements is easy and straight forward, if you align them in a professional manner at both ends, by using a spirit level. In order to get the job done like a pro, we recommend you to build batter boards from 2x4s and use string, as in the image. The size of the cuts should vary according to the size of the beams you use, but in our case we have used the right proportions to fit with the rest of the pergola elements.

Work with great care when cutting the ends of the wooden boards, to obtain a neat look and design. In order to get the job done quickly and accurately, we recommend you to cut out the ends by using a jigsaw with a sharp blade. If you use the right plans for your needs and tastes, you will build a large patio pergola which will add value to your property and become the focus point of your backyard. It is essential to plumb the crossbeams with a spirit level, therefore pay attention to this step if you want to get a professional result. This technique might look complex, but it is straight forward, if you use the right techniques.
As you have seen, a pergola is a nice project for anyone who wants to create a cozy place to take dinner or to read a good book.
Don’t forget to SHARE our projects with your friends, by using the social media widgets. The difference between a pergola and a patio cover is that patio covers are usually attached to the back-side of a house, shading the patio area only.
Cedar is a good wood type to use for the outdoor structures only that it requires extra protection against nature such as protective lacquer or paint. We have been recognized as one of the premier installer of wooden pergolas in the greater Los Angeles area.
Reason being at some point there going to rust and may punch holes in the siding like a cookie cutter.
The easiest thing to do would be to use 4 corner posts, each one anchored with a post base.
Before starting the project, we recommend you to design the shape an size of your pergola, as to fit your needs and tastes. In order to obtain a proper result, we recommend you to buy lumber designed for outdoor use, such as cedar, redwood, pine or pressure treated.
Cut the lumber at the right size, align it properly with a spirit level and lock it with several C-clamps. Align the ledger at both sides and drill pilot holes in the lumber, before inserting the lag screws.
The fact that it is on an already raised surface, is pretty large, and will have added wind resistance due to the roof and curtains that will often be closed (at least on one side) adds to my concern. You could probably use the same type thing without the J-bolts welded to the base plate bottoms. Generally speaking, pergolas are built to create a nice shaded area, where you could take your dinner or read a book, while enjoying the fresh air in your garden. In this manner, it is easier to make a cost estimation and to keep the expenditures under control. For example, placing the shading elements perpendicular to the house will create a different design as compared to placing them parallel.
This aspect is essential for the success of your project, therefore pay attention during this step. In addition, we recommend you to use several C-clamps to lock the beams into position, before driving in the 7” bolts.
A wooden pergola is the perfect solution for your family, if you like spending time in your garden and want to build a basic construction very quickly.
Measure the diagonals to make sure they are equal, otherwise the corners won’t be right angled.
Next, we recommend you to use tube forms, mix a small quantity of concrete (2 parts cement, 3 parts sand, 4 parts gravel and water) and pour it until you have filled the forms. Clamp the beams to the top of the posts, making sure the edges are aligned and they are perfectly horizontal. In order to support the shade elements you have to install two beams on two sides of each posts.
Make several parallel cuts inside the marked area and remove the excess material with a chisel. Afterwards, apply several coats of varnish to protect the pergola against wood decay and water damage. Choosing the right type of pergola for your space takes a little planning, but once it's done your pergola will give you years of enjoyment.
Redwood is more durable against nature and termites and can be installed "as is" but still, most people provide extra protection and apply a protective layer just as well. As impressive as we try to make all of our acknowledgements and testimonials sound, we are a small, family owned and operated, pergola and patio cover Company that gets its pleasure out of installing one job at a time and improving the living conditions of our clients.
He was on-time, professional, Honest, and got the job done right even before the completion date stated on contract. Is that a correct assumption or do I need to shim to make that ledge flat up against the siding?
Any Hardware store Lowes or HD have nylon washers that could be used between the ledger and the vinyl lumber to make up for the siding offset. There are many designs to choose from, therefore you should study all the alternatives before building the project. After assessing the quality of the lumber and its price, you should choose the best offer for your budget. If you don’t want to build a patio pergola in the middle of your garden, you can still have a cozy place with a nice design, if you attach it to your house, next to a simple deck.
Despite the construction techniques required in the building process, we will show you the main methods, to help you get the job done quickly and in a professional manner.
If you afford and like the idea, you could even cover the attached pergola with polycarbonate sheets, to protect the deck or patio from rain and snow.
Pergola comes from the Latin word pergula, which means "eaves." A pergola provides a pleasant, beautiful, shaded area from which to enjoy your garden.
Vinyl pergolas and Aluminum pergolas are another option if you're worried about rot-related maintenance on a wood pergula, they last for a lifetime and do not require any work at all, They do come in many colors and can be an attractive choice for those who are not set on choosing wood and prefer not to ever have to deal with thee pergola again. The anchors are easy to use and you will have to use something like an anchor unless you are going to bury the post ends.
We recommend you to involve your family in this preliminary stage, as their creative ideas could add value to your project.
She didn't want to block all of the light from the room that leads out there so that is when I got the idea for the polycarbonate roof on top. A walkway pergola is similar to an entryway, except it's built over a walkway through the garden, and it may extend along as much of the walkway as you choose. If one of the posts would interfere with a door or window, you could go with three, or some other configuration. I perfer to wrap the bottom of the post with a partial masonry column or wood to cover the post base, but you don't have to if you have a good enough welder. If you get the flashing wrong, you could end up with a mess, and it can also be difficult to make it look good if you haven't done it before and don't have to proper tools like a long metal brake.

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