DIY Pergola project with materials list and the steps we took to complete our project.
Since even before becoming a homeowner, I have loved the look of pergolas. The way wisteria vines climb the beams and create the perfect shade. All those beautiful photographs of set tables and pitchers filled with lemonade, condensation dripping down the sides.
Pergolas are gorgeous.
SAVE THIS FOR LATER
We moved into this home knowing we had a few projects we needed to tackle, one of which was building a pergola. Our backyard is in full sun from noon until sunset. We tried beating the heat with this amazing double sided umbrella.
It was time to start our DIY Pergola Project
- 8- 6″x6″x8′ Pressure treated
- 5- 2″x8″x14′ Pressure treated
- 16- 2″x6″x14′ Pressure treated
- 4- 1/2″x10″ Carriage Bolt w/flat washer, lock washer & nut
- 4- 5/8″x5″ Lag Bolt w/ flat washer
- 16- Lag Bolt w/flat washer
Before you Start
As with any big project, check with your city to see if any permits are required.
If you are building it on an existing structure, make sure that structure is strong enough to hold the additional weight.
This is our own personal experience. It is a recommend that you seek professional guidance.
We decided to make a 12×12 foot pergola with a few custom designs. We definitely did not go with 16 on center (if you don’t know what that is, basically builders like things a certain way…I like things a different way).
We also made a quick change and decided to take down the railing and incorporate the beam to the railing (awesome decision! Until…later)
Then we added some extra support under the deck and bolted our U brackets down using 4- 5/8″x5″ Lag Bolts w/ flat washers.
We secured our 6×6 columns with the post bases and then our side 2×8 rafters with the joist ties. Then we did the front and back 2×6 rafters with joist ties, making sure everything was square and level.
Using the jigsaw, we cut out the inserts on our rafters… and that’s when we saw my mistake. Since we decided to incorporate the beam into the railing my 12×12 measurement was now off. This was closer to 13×13 making our purlin rafters a hair shorter than intended.
We ended up cutting a nice C shape to finish off the ends, and honestly I love it! I know it was supposed to be longer on the top rafters, but it worked out perfectly.
We ripped 2×2 inch purlins out of 2×6 boards with the table saw, for the top of our pergola and used the wood screws at every intersecting board.
Finally we add additional support with the 6×6″ posts. Cutting them to size and securing them using the impact driver, remaining lag bolts with washers and structural wood screws. We put the railings back in place and we finished our Pergola DIY Project!
Pergola Canopy Cover
Six month after planting the wisteria and you can see that it has already reached the top! It was a great family project that we’ll enjoy for years to come.
Update- Its been a full year since we started this project and as you can see our wisteria has bloomed and is continuing to grow.
We will be doing some trimming and training to weave this gorgeous plant along the rafters.