Curious About Setting Up A Pergola For Yourself?

If you have DIY pergola plans, then you are one step closer to building a pergola for your yard. Pergolas are basic yet often very pricey outdoor structures that can be built even with a limited technical knowledge, providing common sense and good instructions are used. First start off with planning on where in your backyard you will be putting your pergola.

For a DIY builder, the simplest shape in a rectangular or square one. Its best to stay away from triangular shapes, especially if its your first project. Forget about circular shapes. A clear cut, simple and modern design implies an uncomplicated building process, making the whole project easy to implement and finish off. Your DIY pergola plans should be easy to follow. The measurements and pieces should be clearly displayed along with any graphs and pictures.

DIY pergola project plans are usually cheaper than ready made kits. You’ll not only save thousands of dollars, but time as well. Like moving day, it always pays to have a few buddies to help you. The joists and main beams will be heavy – besides, its a great excuse to share some beers and a few laughs. Before you call them over, make sure there are no underground electrical cables. It pays to call ahead to find out if there are water mains in the area you intend on building on.

Have you decided on what type of wood to use for your pergola? Your DIY pergola plans will give you the blueprint, but not the tools or the materials to get the job done. For this article we will stick to quality woods such as red wood or cedar, but pergolas can also be built with vinyl or aluminium. Still thinking of using cheaper materials? Consider this: wood can be sanded, shaped and will forgive mistakes you make.

Although usually built unstained, if you decide to go with red wood or cedar pergolas and want some extra gloss, add resin based stain. If not, don’t worry, These types of woods are tough and weather resistant. If your plans are simple enough, then all you need are nuts, hammer, an angle grinder, bolts, nails and a circular saw. The foundation holes may require some cement.

Wood pergolas are easier to build when they are free standing. Adding your pergola to a deck makes things more complicated. Consider calling in a professional. If you are building a pergola for the first time, remember to get a wood that is tough on termite jaws. That’s another reason to go with cedar! Don’t cheap out on materials. You get what you pay for.

Now that you have all your tools sorted out, as well as what materials you will need, now its time to go looking for easy DIY pergola plans. These are actually the cheapest part of the project, as cheap as nuts and bolts, but they can help you save $2000 to $3000 over an equivalent ready made kit.

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This post was written by editor on April 24, 2012

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