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Attached Pergola


thefitzgerald
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When my husband and I bought our house two years ago and the back yard was empty, we knew we had some work to do. We both love to extend our living space outdoors for meals and parties. We built a brick patio the first year in the house and the second year we wanted to have a pergola to go over it. I was teaching, so as soon as school was out, I got my tools and ordered my materials. I looked through many designs, but our plan needed to be unique. We had to build an attached pergola because the patio was right against the house. Then we had to figure out how tall to make the pergola so it didn't block a window on the house and so it was tall enough to stand under. Luckily, the height we wanted and needed matched without covering the window. We had the lumber delivered and used a template to cut the rounded ends. After the wood was cut, we painted it to match the house, to look like it belonged. Then we measured and attached it piece by piece. It came together quickly. Our neighbors and family were thoroughly impressed, not only at the speed of the project, but by the skill. For me, it just seemed to take careful planning and measuring twice, cutting once. Now we spend hours in the spring, summer and fall having dinner parties under our pergola with hanging lights. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Now I feel we can do anything.

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Attached Pergola

by thefitzgerald
May 08, 2014

When my husband and I bought our house two years ago and the back yard was empty, we knew we had some work to do. We both love to extend our living space outdoors for meals and parties. We built a brick patio the first year in the house and the second year we wanted to have a pergola to go over it. I was teaching, so as soon as school was out, I got my tools and ordered my materials. I looked through many designs, but our plan needed to be unique. We had to build an attached pergola because the patio was right against the house. Then we had to figure out how tall to make the pergola so it didn't block a window on the house and so it was tall enough to stand under. Luckily, the height we wanted and needed matched without covering the window. We had the lumber delivered and used a template to cut the rounded ends. After the wood was cut, we painted it to match the house, to look like it belonged. Then we measured and attached it piece by piece. It came together quickly. Our neighbors and family were thoroughly impressed, not only at the speed of the project, but by the skill. For me, it just seemed to take careful planning and measuring twice, cutting once. Now we spend hours in the spring, summer and fall having dinner parties under our pergola with hanging lights. I couldn't have been happier with the results. Now I feel we can do anything.