Do you feel like something’s missing from your backyard? Looking for a place to host all your friends and family? A pergola might be just what you’re looking for. And you can even build your own with ease!
A pergola is similar to a gazebo, but without a roof. It’s usually a shaded walkway or sitting area made of wooden posts and a cross section of beams. They often are covered in vines or other plants to make a ‘roof’. Here’s how you can create the backyard you’ve always dreamed of.
Where to Start
How long you need
This project can take anywhere from a weekend to two weeks depending on how many people you have, skill level, and availability.
What you need
- Measuring tape
- 4’ level
- Mason’s line
- Marking paint
- Speed square
- Reciprocating saw
- Corded drill
- 12” long ½” bit
- Skill saw/circular saw
- Drill driver
- Rotary level (optional)
- Post hold digger
- Seventeen 6x6x12’ pressure treated pine beams
- Ten 2x10x12’ pressure treated pine beams (wood)
- Two 2x6x12’ pressure treated pine beams
- Two corbels
- Two bags of quick setting concrete per post
- 100-125 stone landscape blocks
- Landscape adhesive
- Twelve ½”x10” eye bolt with nut
- 5lb box of 4” exterior decking screws
- Five glass bulb string lights (optional)
Total cost ranges from $2000-5000 depending on where you buy things, tool rentals, material choices and potential labor costs. The pergola itself can cost around $1300 for all material except seating and lighting.