Pergola's are an interesting architectural design. One has to wonder, why were they built to begin with as with? They have no real walls, doors or windows so it seems their use is severely limited, yet they show up in countless backyards, front yards, around homes and businesses. It seems that their popularity while in all sense of the word should be diminishing it is actually growing.
While some may see these structures as useless there are actually many uses for them and they can actually increase the value of your property should you ever decide to sell your home.
Many have used these structures as sitting areas, to define a doorway or as a focal point in a landscape. Used originally during the Italian Renaissance as gardens or a means for growing grapes these pergolas have found their way into modern society and are not complicated to make for those with a little bit of construction experience. Our pergola fits on an 8-ft. square, but it's easy to modify it to suit your site. Cedar is our material of choice because it resists decay. Leave it unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use.
The pergola we are looking at today fits on an 8-ft. square, but it's easy to modify it to suit your landscape. We decided to use Cedar for our material because it resists decay and since our pergola will be outdoors we thought that best. You can leave yours unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use and keep it looking as good as new.
So let's keep reading and take a look at the step by step instructions to create this structure in no time at all.