The New Pergola (Almost done)

I had a goal last weekend….I wanted to finish our new pergola in time to  have a BBQ and sit underneath it on the patio for dinner on the holiday Monday.  It didn’t happen, so I am hoping to cash in the rain check for this weekend.

We did however get a lot done and I am hugely proud of what we constructed.

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All that we have left is to finish putting on the roof (it will be open slats) and staining it.  I can’t wait to style it up with fall planters, light up the fire-place (this whole thing was designed to make the fire pit an even bigger garden focal point) and enjoy the late summer and cool evenings of the autumn.

If you care to see the inspiration for the design – it came from a historic structure at a local museum – check it out here.

Despite the extra weight and expense I am so glad we opted to use 6 x 6 pressure treated wood rather than 4 x 4.  It is so much more substantial and the proportions seem to work much better with our weighty fire pit. Don’t you agree?

Images by rochelle greayer

This post is sponsored by Lowes.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Adam Cortell on September 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I totally agree on the 6×6 posts. 4×4 posts tend to look a bit spindly. I suppose one could argue the extra wood is not structurally necessary and is a waste of natural resources. However, I always end up over-engineering my outdoor structures. I love the solid presence and permanence that large posts and beams lend to a pergola. Enjoy your new space.

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