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Deck and Pergola


srtaylor1317
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Our yard needed something to make it a more friendly space to play and spend time as a family. I designed and constructed this deck entirely from scratch. Playing on the swing is now a daily highlight for our 2 year old, and the benches give us a place to sit, relax, and picnic. Including the pergola as part of the deck presented a challenging design issue, but it provides just enough shade to take the edge off the Texas sun, and also provides a sturdy frame for the swing and (eventually) a 2nd swing and hammock. Completely worth all the time this project took. Our backyard is now an inviting place to spend time!

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  • It's beautiful!
    By Carol Ta, on March 7, 2016

  • It is a beautiful deck. Beautiful! Beautiful.
    By betsyrrog, on March 8, 2016

  • I did not realize you were so handy.
    By Txskirt, on March 10, 2016

  • Very impressive!
    By gworcester, on March 13, 2016

  • Lovely! What are you sealing it with?
    By Becky Evans, on March 13, 2016

  • Not sure what we'll seal it with yet. The wood is pre-treated with water resistant chemicals (not just normal pressure-treating) and so we have to wait a bit for the wood to "season" before stain will take to it. So, we have a little time. Any recommendations?
    By srtaylor1317, on March 14, 2016

  • Can you tell me how much lumber Was used on this project and specs if you have any. Tu
    By Asbestos, on April 7, 2016

  • Very nice! I love the molding around the bottom posts, nice finishing detail.
    By Kathi, on April 7, 2016

  • I want one it beautiful
    By melusa07, on April 10, 2016

  • Thanks for the comments folks! Regarding plans: For the basic construction of the deck I used the HomeDepot deck builder website. I didn't follow the plan it gave me exactly, but pretty close. It gave me a conservative estimate on how many posts I needed, and I pretty much followed it. For the pergola and benches, though, I just figured it out as I went. I didn't keep a parts list--raw materials was just about $2,000.
    By srtaylor1317, on April 18, 2016

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Deck and Pergola

by srtaylor1317
Mar 01, 2016

Our yard needed something to make it a more friendly space to play and spend time as a family. I designed and constructed this deck entirely from scratch. Playing on the swing is now a daily highlight for our 2 year old, and the benches give us a place to sit, relax, and picnic. Including the pergola as part of the deck presented a challenging design issue, but it provides just enough shade to take the edge off the Texas sun, and also provides a sturdy frame for the swing and (eventually) a 2nd swing and hammock. Completely worth all the time this project took. Our backyard is now an inviting place to spend time!