Affordable DIY Pergola:
A pergola adds that laid back charm to any home. A well-manicured lawn with a pergola looks inviting for the inmates of the house and the guests as well. It was a dream come true for me when I actually got a pergola made in my front yard. It soon became the hub of all the get-togethers and saw kids lazing it out in winter sun!! Many wonderful days have been spent under the pergola.
Here is how you can make your affordable DIY pergola:
- 8′ 2×8 pressure-treated boards
- construction adhesive
- 5″ galvanized drive screws
- 1×3 boards
- 2″ x 3″ galvanized steel angle brackets
- 2×8 x 10′ pressure-treated beam ties
- 4×4 x 8′ pressure-treated boards
- 2×8 x 12′ pressure-treated beams
- 2″ galvanized drive screws
- 2×6 x 12′ pressure-treated boards
- ready-mix concrete
- fiberglass columns
- 1×8 clear pine boards
- 2-1/2″ drive screws
- power screw tips
- 2×2 x 1′ boards
- measuring tape
- circular saw
- saber saw
- caulk gun
- reciprocating saw
- power auger
- carpenter’s square
- 3′ level
- Choose a suitable location for your pergola and mark the location. Mark the locations of the posts with stakes and dig the post holes.
- Use a shovel or a power auger to dig the hole. Plan about 2 feet depth for the post. The depth of the hole should be about 1/4 of the height of your post. For a 6×6 post, the diameter of the holes should be about 12 inches square. As a rule, the width of your post hole should not be less than 10 inches.
- Place the post into the hole and attach a 1×4 to the side of the post with a single nail or drive screw. Brace the post with stakes. Fill in the hole with mixed concrete within an inch of the surface. This permits the concrete to expand and contract with any changes in the weather.
- Let it set, this takes about a minimum 48 hours or more.
- In the meanwhile, prepare the support beams for installation. For this pergola, we will need 2-4 beams on each side and 9 rafters to sit stop the support beams.
- Cut the tops of the post to an even size. Install the support beams in such a way that the two 2×8’s are secured together on either side of the post. Rest the first beam in the center and secure it. Use screws to temporarily secure the beams to its place.
- Place the rafters and secure the beams with bolts.
- Use a 1/2-inch drill bit, and drill the top and bottom pilot hole centered on each post. Using a hammer pound the bolts through the beams and post. Fasten them using a 1/2-inch nut on the inside of the structure.
Your beautiful and affordable DIY pergola is ready for all the action. You can drape curtains, sheers or just plant creepers near the post for an aesthetic looking pergola.