I designed and assembled two pergolas shortly after constructing our new deck. In our case, there was a practical need for their installation–we needed railings to meet building code–the need for an aestetic backyard feature was secondary, but was appealing. I thought I could get more out of the need for a railing by building them within an 8′ pergola frame, and as a first-ditch DIY effort on a budget, I think they turned out great. They’re certainly something to build upon, and grow vines and flowers upon.
With a little planning and the right inspiration, you can make your own too:
If you’re looking for pergola inspiration of your own and pictures to refer to, keep on reading to get a few ideas.
I gleaned inspiration from other peoples’ pergolas before getting started on my own. One of my favorites sits built in the backyard of our friends’ home. Theirs isn’t attached alongside their house like ours, instead sits in the middle of their open deck, serving as the perfect frame for their outdoor dining set. It provides the perfect amount of shade for summertime dinners and adds tremendous impact (oh, and was hooked up so as to host a fan for hot summer nights).
These two, both featured in a gallery on DIY Network, showcase even more inspiration. I long to have lush vines encasing my pergolas. I also long for that view.
The clean-lined design of this pergola catches my eye too. It’s even more simplified than mine, but constructed in a really, really nice way with beautiful wood.
The pergolas on our deck help to balance out the height of the two-story house with the low-rise deck that wraps around it.
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.